The train station area in Utrecht city is the second business center of the Netherlands

The train station area in Utrecht city distinguishes itself with inner-city dynamics and a functional mix. This is focused on creating an inclusive mix of living, working and other facilities, including enough affordable office space for creative companies and innovative startups.

According to the recent research results of Cushman & Wakefield, 11 percent of all office admissions in 2019 in the Netherlands took place in the municipality of Utrecht, especially in the train station area. The central location in the country has already made this train station area an attractive location for Dutch head offices. Rabobank, Volksbank, NS and Prorail have been housed here for years and many head offices were added in the past year, including Aalberts Industries, Autobinck, AM Pharma, Certis Europe, Zanders, Ultimaker, VodafoneZiggo,TeamLiquid and Freshworks.

Second business center in the Netherlands

The demand for offices in the Netherlands is increasingly focused on high-quality office space in very easily accessible locations in large cities. […] The limited supply of high-quality offices and the higher rents in Amsterdam, in combination with the large recently completed and planned new construction at the train station area in Utrecht city, are important considerations for businesses to choose an office space in this area. In the past three years, an average of 85 percent of all office admissions in this area was found in new-build office developments. Despite the added office spaces in these new-build office developments, vacancy remained less than 1 percent.

Jos Hesselink, Research Lead of Cushman & Wakefield adds: “The global corona pandemic will further strengthen the preference for lively city centers with a high-level of urban amenities. The meeting function of offices has become much more important as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. More knowledge workers will want to live closer to work to reduce travel time so that working from home and working from the office becomes easier and more interesting.

Read the complete article in Dutch on the website of Cushman & Wakefield.