The Mykolaiv Innovation District will be a dynamic, strategically planned urban hub aimed at boosting collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship among startups, established businesses, academia, and investors, all within a sustainable and vibrant ecosystem fit for the future.
Serving as a hub for knowledge exchange, idea generation, and resource sharing, investing in the new innovation district offers a broad range of benefits, including the creation of over 10,000 jobs. A mix of modern infrastructure and amenities will be available across the site, including homes for approx. 5,000 residents, and the district will also promote connectivity and social interaction with pedestrian-friendly spaces and green areas.
Positioned strategically within Mykolaiv, the new sustainable district aims to harness the city’s historical industrial prowess and geographical significance to establish a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs, tech visionaries, researchers, and global businesses.
The Mykolaiv Innovation District is envisioned as a paragon of sustainability, featuring renewable energy sources to diminish its carbon footprint, while all buildings will pursue LEED or BREEAM certification, ensuring energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. A smart city infrastructure will intelligently manage lighting, waste, and resources, reducing the environmental impact.
The district’s design celebrates nature through parks, green roofs, and vertical gardens, fostering biodiversity and enhancing the well-being of its inhabitants. Infrastructure for electric vehicles, alongside cycling and walking paths, will encourage sustainable mobility, cutting emissions and promoting health. An innovative waste management system will support recycling and composting, underscoring a commitment to a circular economy. Additionally, water conservation will be a priority, with technologies and systems in place to safeguard this vital resource.
Led by the One Works Foundation, the new Innovation District is the first of five pilot projects envisioned for the reconstruction as part of the “Development of the Future Masterplan for the City of Mykolaiv”, supported by Mykolaiv City Council and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
These pilot projects focus on distinct areas like housing and transport, aiming to formulate tangible solutions through collaboration with architects, engineers, and international consultants, learning from each to influence broader city development. This approach develops real solutions, informs local capacities and policies, and fosters a connection between local and international professionals, enhancing long-term resiliency in Mykolaiv.