Promising business areas in Luxembourg – 4/7

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Central Business District: Office real estate moved to the heart of the capital

As its name suggests, the CBD (Central Business District) covers the area in the centre of Luxembourg City. It concentrates around Boulevard Royal, one of the main roads of the capital, which combines national and international banks, fiduciaries, various services, etc.

Its property portfolio comprises luxurious mansions, prestigious office buildings and residential buildings converted into office space, plus a beautiful commercial pedestrian zone, boosted by the presence of major retailers.

Its central position enables it to connect quickly with other business areas of the capital, including via a carefully planned transport network.

The “Royal Hamilius” project: towards a more vibrant downtown
Besides the major real estate projects, the one most written about is the Royal Hamilius. Its establishment was initiated in 2007 by the move there of administrative services, followed by the public library a year later and the “Bierger Center” shortly afterwards.

With the Royal Hamilius, Luxembourg City intends to improve mobility in the heart of the capital, in particular by reorganizing public transport .

On the architectural side, the responsibility was taken by Foster + Partners, in partnership with Tetra Kayser Paul & Associates, and the Codic promoter, to give it the form of a mixed use, multifunctional island where offices, shops, services and housing coexist, thus entering into a process of urban development with  multiple objectives:

  • Develop areas tin the city before focusing on external development;
  • Reinforce the commercial centre of Luxembourg City, in relation to the outskirts and neighboring foreign cities;
  • Promote public transport and also ensure accessibility by car;
  • Promote living in the city, with the construction of new housing.

In short, all these facilities are designed to maintain and strengthen the position of the Upper Town as a place of favorite location for banks, insurance, services, professions, businesses, etc.

Mobility at the heart of all concerns
As already mentioned, the authorities attach great importance to mobility. Among the major projects implemented include the tram, which is expected to enter into service by 2017.

Another major work in progress is the rehabilitation of the Adolphe Bridge, overlooking the Pétrusse Valley. Since its advanced state of deterioration requires demolition works and major reconstruction, a temporary bridge will be built and maintained throughout the construction period. The first section was installed in early August and is expected to provide service until the reopening of the Adolphe Bridge, which, according to initial estimates, is not expected before 2017.

Royal Hamilius - ©Codic IMAGE Royal Hamilius – Credit: Codic
 

IN BRIEF

UsersBDL

KBL

ICBC

Axa

Clifford Chance

Total sqmApprox.  900,000 sqm
Type of areaOffices

Residential

Retail

Average Rent*/sqm30 to 42 euros
* Average price found
 

Visit our blog again next week to see the fifth part of our feature on promising business areas in Luxembourg: Airport.

Sources :
http://www.vdl.lu/Environnement+et+Urbanisme/D%C3%A9veloppement+urbain/Projets+urbains/Royal+Hamilius.htmlhttp://www.lavenir.net/article/detail.aspx?articleid=DMF20130808_00344310
 

Originally posted in French on September 20, 2013 by Tehdi-Edouard Babigeon
English version by Tia Azulay, Web Consultant for RealCorp Luxembourg

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