Science and industry under one roof

16 research clusters are under development on RWTH Aachen Campus in close proximity to major research institutes and facilities. The six initial clusters include

  • Bio-Medical Engineering Cluster
  • Sustainable Energy Cluster
  • Photonics Cluster
  • Production Engineering Cluster
  • Heavy Duty Drives Cluster
  • Smart Logistics Cluster

Interdisciplinary teams of scientists work closely with industry consortia in the new research buildings. The companies involved

  • share resources with university institutes,
  • utilize synergy effects,
  • exchange knowledge directly on site and
  • collaborate in future-proof innovations.

More than 360 companies are currently represented on RWTH Aachen Campus.

Germany at its best | RWTH Aachen Campus

Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg, Rector RWTH

Room for research

One of the largest research environments in Europe is being created on 2.5 km².

The expansion areas Melaten and West form one continuous campus in conjunction with Campus Mitte (Campus Central). The conjoined campus is fully integrated in public life.
Campus GmbH/Winandy

Campus GmbH/Winandy

Campus Melaten with its 6 initial clusters

Campus Melaten represents the first RWTH Aachen Campus expansion stages. Eleven research clusters will be built here step by step on 473,000 m².
Six initial clusters on Campus Melaten have been realized since 2009:

  • Bio-Medical Engineering Cluster
  • Sustainable Energy Cluster
  • Photonics Cluster
  • Production Engineering Cluster
  • Heavy-Duty Drives Cluster
  • Smart Logistics Cluster

Restaurants, shops and service providers on Campus Melaten have ensured its integration in public life. Vincerola GmbH is currently supervising up to 80 children at their bilingual daycare facility. The health insurance provider Techniker Krankenkasse and the local bank Sparkasse Aachen have opened subsidiaries on Campus Boulevard. Bistro Restaurant Forckenbeck is the first hospitality concept represented on Campus Melaten. In the fall of 2015, work began on 285 student accommodations in the Campus Park.

Campus GmbH/Winandy

Development plan for Campus West

Campus West is the second installment of the two-stage development of RWTH Aachen Campus. Five research clusters will be developed in an area measuring 325,000 m² around Aachen’s train station Westbahnhof. These are closely linked to the existing institutes on Campus Mitte (Campus Central) in terms of location as well as topics.

In December 2009, the federal state North-Rhine Westphalia acquired some defunct terrain from the former freight yard for the planned Campus West. BLB NRW (Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW) and the City of Aachen are currently working on the development plan (D plan) for the area. Upon completion and successful submission of the D plan, construction work on the next research buildings will commence. In addition to office, laboratory, and conference facilities, a hotel, some cafés as well as residential and shopping developments will create an attractive infrastructure and living environment.

Research buildings created by renowned investors and architects

RWTH Aachen University won seven sponsorships for research buildings (in accordance with Article 91b, Section 1, Provision 3 GG) over rivaling research locations. These research buildings were completed on RWTH Aachen Campus. Private sector investors provide supplementary financing for the public funding. Those investors are additionally constructing buildings on RWTH Aachen Campus. Their two main reasons for participating:

  • They have found reliable partners in the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia and Aachen University and
  • are investing in an excellent university landscape with growth and future perspectives.

The federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia is the owner of the land on which the university expansion will be located. The various plots will be made available as leaseholds. The building permits for the clusters will be allocated within the scope of a pan-European tender invitation by way of a competitive bidding and negotiation process.

The following investor and architect teams have been selected to date:

  • Smart Logistics Cluster:
    ante4C GmbH (Aachen) in partnership with the architectural office Meyer & van Schooten (Amsterdam),
  • Production Engineering Cluster:
    IMMOFINANZ Group (Vienna) in partnership with the architectural office HENN Architekten (Munich),
  • Photonics Cluster:
    ante4C GmbH (Aachen) in partnership with the architectural office KPF Architects (New York),
  • Bio-Medical Engineering Cluster:
    Frauenrath Group (Heinsberg) in partnership with the architectural office sop GmbH & Co. KG (Düsseldorf).

Campus GmbH




Project Participants

RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH

RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH was founded specifically to assume the management of the RWTH Aachen Campus. As a joint subsidiary of RWTH Aachen University (95%) and the City of Aachen (5%) it is responsible for the development, realization and safeguarding of the overall Campus concept.

As the representative of RWTH Aachen University, the company is fully responsible for the development and realization of the entire strategic concept. It coordinates all activities relating to RWTH Aachen Campus and represents the interests of all key stakeholder groups, both internally and externally. the company has the exclusive right to decide on the utilization of the new Campus premises as the contracting authority.

RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH
Campus-Boulevard 57
52074 Aachen
Phone +49 241 80-27374
Fax +49 241 80-627374


The university expansion areas are owned by the Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW (BLB NRW) (building and real estate management authority of the Land of north Rhine-Westphalia), that is responsible for managing the real estate of the land north Rhine-Westphalia, a total of approx. 4,250 properties with a book value of nine billion euros. The BLB NRW has informed the Campus GmbH that it is prepared to provide the plots needed for the Campus on a hereditary lease. the BLB office in Aachen is responsible for developing the building plots on the Campus. At the same time it realizes research buildings and infrastructure facilities for the university on the Campus site.

Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße 10
52074 Aachen
Phone +49 241 43510-370
Fax +49 241 43510-198

City of Aachen

The city and the university together are pursuing the goal of making the RWTH one of the world‘s leading technology universities and of establishing and expanding Aachen as an international academic and business location with the RWTH Aachen Campus project.

According to zoning plan no. 915 for the Campus Melaten, which came into force in December 2009, the City of Aachen is planning to create the planning law requirements for further development areas of the RWTH Aachen Campus with the zoning plan no. 923 – Campus West.

City of Aachen
Fachbereich Wirtschaftsförderung/ Europäische Angelegenheiten
Johannes-Paul-II.-Straße 1
52062 Aachen
Phone +49 241 432-7610
Fax +49 241 432-7699