Milestones of our Development Process
The Site As a Witness of Change
The colliery Dannenbaum was one of the founding members of the coal syndicate located in North-Rhine Westphalia. The mining industry in the pit field of Dannenbaum reaches back to the year of 1736. In 1859, the transition to mine shafting started. The mining in the shafts continued until 1958.
On the 20th of May 1960 the City of Bochum announced the construction of a GM plant at the site of the former colliery Dannenbaum. Initially only the new edition of the Opel Kadett was manufactured in Bochum. In 1970, the production of the Opel Manta and the Opel Ascona A started in September, followed by two more model series that continued in production until 1980 (Ascona) and 1988 (Manta). In 1984, the worldwide first paint shop for water based car finish was put in operation. In 1992, GM’s peak year in Bochum, over 360,000 cars were produced. In those years, approximately 20,000 people were working in Bochum’s GM plants I,II and III. The production officially stopped with an Opel Zafira on the 5th of December 2014.
After the plant closure at the end of 2014, the area of approx. 70 ha was to be reactivated and established as a location for science, trade and industry. The redevelopment and renovation of the industrial area to sites that are ready for construction, started after the acquisition of the site by the Bochum Perspektive 2022 GmbH in July 2015. The inclusion of all involved parties from the very beginning, the strong support of the regional government, as well as the willingness to act in consensus, led to a fast development progress. We have already set an example for future urban development projects that want to be equally as successful. The name MARK 51°7 gives the site this new globally recognizable identity.
A fast and sustainable development of the area is the key to a successful structural change.