For a variety of reasons, companies may need to move their operations. What are the elements to take into account? How can you get help with the process? If you are considering relocating your company, these few lines will help you in your decision.
Offices, shops, arcades, depots and workshops… companies sometimes want to move their infrastructure, or are forced to. Some of them leave outdated premises to join new buildings that better fit their size and needs. Others bring their subsidiaries together on the same site, taking advantage of the opportunity to optimise their production tools and to create synergies between employees. The reasons for moving are therefore diverse: changing activities, search for visibility, accessibility and mobility, etc. Major territorial projects – such as those of the Praille-Acacias-Vernets (PAV) in Geneva – also lead to major upheavals.
Beyond the‘investment that a move represents, it is a unique opportunity for the company to make in-depth changes, in terms of technology, equipment or processes. The abundant and diversified supply of commercial and administrative space allows companies seeking to relocate to find sites suitable for their new needs. Particularly appreciated: the possibility of setting up in flexible premises, offering large platforms adaptable to the liking of the tenant.
The relocations are also in line with current trends: open-space, coworking, hybrid spaces, state-of-the-art computer connections, etc. The spaces offered on the market stand out for their improved energy efficiency; they also meet the latest construction norms and standards. The geographical location of the premises and their accessibility is of particular importance. New districts, such as those being developed around the stations of the Léman Express, are particularly interesting. The success of Pont-Rouge bears witness to this.
Several industrial and craft zones are developing in Geneva, such as the one in Plan-les-Ouates (ZIPLO) and in Meyrin, Satigny and Vernier (Zimeysaver). Accessibility to the latter will soon be reinforced by the construction of the Montfleury road section and a motorway half-junction in Vernier. Over the last few decades, these industrial zones have been transformed. Previously located on the outskirts of the city, they are now part of the urban perimeter. Industrial incubators” or “business hotels” such as Skylab, Espace Tourbillon and Atelier (ZIPLO) are being built there, integrating various sectors of activity. Near their workplace, users find living spaces, shops and services. These zones also present mutualisation solutions for heating, parking, mobility, waste management, etc. They constitute a territory of reception in particular for companies that will exile from the current sector PAV, doomed to urban reconversion.
Abefore you move your business, you need to make sure that the new location is right for your business or activity. A seasoned professional will help you with this! Comptoir Immobilier’s Corporate Real Estate Department specializes in relocation studies for companies. It offers its know-how to its clients, both owners and tenants. The agency carries out an analysis of the situation specific to each company (leases, building rights, etc.). It also identifies the needs and possible reorganisations, in terms of the evolution of flows, digitalisation or accessibility. This diagnosis of the opportunities for reorganisation of a company leads to concrete solutions to make the most of its move. Finally, the agency offers support in the various steps, whether financial, technical or legal.
Foundation pour les terrains industriels de Genève (FTI)
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