Implementation of the Leidse Spoorzone as an office location
1 The Question
The Municipality of Leiden has the ambition to develop the Leidse Spoorzone into a high-quality mixed urban environment with a multifunctional program for living, working, accommodation and traveling. This includes more than 5,000 new homes, work locations and plinth facilities concentrated around the Leiden Central Hub. The Spoorzone consists of a number of subareas, each with its own distinctive profile and identity. The office program for the entire Spoorzone has been set at 90,000 m² GFA. of which approx. 60,000 m² GFA allocated for the station area.
The Municipality of Leiden would like more quantitative and qualitative insight into how the office market and office users will move post-COVID. The Municipality of Leiden has asked Cushman & Wakefield to conduct a study into the feasibility of the office program and commercial plinths in the Spoorzone based on a data-driven approach and with qualitative input from internal market specialists. This will be differentiated by sectors/target groups and subareas within the Spoorzone.
2 The Approach
3 The Result
The feasibility study that we carried out has provided the Municipality of Leiden with the following insights:
- The quantitative and qualitative market needs that have been translated into the Leiden office market.
- The core qualities and opportunities of the Spoorzone and various subareas.
- Promising target groups/sectors that match the distinctive character of the Spoorzone and the spatial-economic character of Leiden, as well as matching user requirements regarding function mix, branching, location quality and plot layout.
- The quantitative and qualitative development demand for the office program of the Spoorzone and other/alternative commercial functions such as (plinth) facilities suitable for this office programme.
- Integral final advice regarding the optimization of the office program and (commercial) plinth infill for the Spoorzone in order to determine the most competitive programmatic market need.
The results of this feasibility study, through an accompanying letter from the alderman, were shared with the City Council.
"Leiden Central Station has developed into the sixth station in the Netherlands. It is the hub that connects Leiden with the region, the rest of the country and the world. Leiden Central and the surrounding station area will undergo a metamorphosis over the next 10 years. This area will be a high-quality urban district with a diversity of functions for residents, visitors, travelers and employees. Offices are an integral part of the urbanization task for Leiden. Cushman & Wakefield has made it clear to us that the quality of offices in this area can already compete with the top locations in our country. The strength of the area is the location quality. This is determined by the location, urbanity, mix of functions, multimodal accessibility and the level of facilities. We offer the office user an inspiring working environment with facilities, excitement and experiential value. An area that forms a beating heart between the historic city center and the Leiden Bio Science Park, the engine of the Leiden economy."
Fleur Spijker, alderman for Economy, Health and Sport, Municipality of Leiden
Meet the team
Willemijn van den Hoek
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Frank van der Sluys
Partner Market Intelligence
Amsterdam, The Netherlands