Utrecht has a diverse range of business locations, from prestigious inner city mansions, to modern industrial sites near the highway. Wondering which location is most suitable for your activities, ambitions and objectives? Hereby an overview of Utrecht business locations. In case you need more detailed information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Utrecht’s main railway station area is a dynamic and popular office location, at the most central meeting place of the Netherlands. Public transport, the new shopping center Hoog Catharijne, theatre and the historic city center are all within reach. Adjacent to the international exhibition centre Jaarbeurs. Utrecht Central Station was recently renovated and is ready for the traveller of the future. From here, you can be at Schiphol Airport in just 30 minutes.
The city is developing its city centre by expanding the current city centre on the west side of the train station area. Leading principle is a healthy, smart urbanisation, with a good mix of facilities. An example can be found in the design of the highly sustainable building ‘Wonderwoods’ in the Healthy Urban Quarter. This is aimed at creating a new balance, resulting in an environment where people, nature and technology come together in harmony.
A substantial increase of office space is an essential part of the development of this area. The largest part will be available on the west side of the train station. For instance a WTC will be opened, at the start of 2018. In 2017, VodafoneZiggo decided to locate their 1,400 fte headquarter here.
Utrecht Science Park (USP) is an inspiring place where science, meet-ups and collaboration occupy center stage. In addition to the Netherlands’ largest and best university, this is where the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU), University Medical Centre Utrecht, Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital and many scientific organisations are located. USP is a complete campus with a mixture of science, education, health care, companies, (student) accommodation, shops and facilities. Every day, 50,000 students and over 22,000 employees flock to this area. Utrecht Science Park offers easy access by public transport and the A27 and A28 highways. In 2018, USP will be connected to the express tram network.
The Utrecht Science Park offers business locations for companies focusing on life sciences & health, such as the Prinses Máxima Centre for pediatric oncology, Bioceros, Genmab, Merus and Nutricia Research. Soon, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) will be added to this list. Purpose built business locations are available for innovative start-ups, scale-ups and large companies, such as the new Life Sciences Incubator and UtrechtInc. Construction of the Accelerator will soon start.
This dynamic centre of the new Leidsche Rijn district can be accessed by bicycle, public transport and car. A great location with many qualities that attracts residents, visitors and companies. Leidsche Rijn Centre offers companies a strategic, prominent location alongside the A2 highway and a high-quality city centre with a combination of housing, shops, bars, restaurants, social and cultural facilities. The combination of railway station Utrecht Leidsche Rijn and the direct access to A2 highway result in one of the best accessible business locations in the Netherlands. Travelling time to Utrecht Central Station is only 4 minutes. Office plots are available starting from 5,000 square meters. Capgemini, FNV Trade Union and Oracle headquarters are already located here.
Papendorp is Utrecht’s latest office and business park and is still developing. Situated directly between the A2 and A12 highways and can also be reached easily by public transport. Thanks to its central location in the Netherlands, strategic, prominent location, and high-quality architecture in a park-like environment it is an attractive business location. Moreover, Papendorp is transforming into a diverse location, partly by providing facilities such as sports fields, shops, bars and restaurants, a hotel and a medical clinic. But also by plans of adding at least 1,000 residences.
When located at Papendorp, your company can optimally serve all of the Netherlands. It is particularly popular among (international) IT companies, business services providers and sales offices. For example Bol.com, Deloitte, Diebold Nixdorf, Ingram Micro, Stork, Unit4 and United Technologies are located in Papendorp.
Dynamic, green, sustainable office park Rijnsweerd is favorably located on the east side of the city. Close to the A28 and A27 highway and can easily be reached by public transport, the city centre is only a few minutes away by bicycle. Rijnsweerd borders on Utrecht Science Park and offers a perfect connection to eastern Utrecht and the Wilhelminapark. Rijnsweerd is transforming into a multifunctional residential and working area with student accommodations, bars, restaurants and shops. There are plans to turn Rijnsweerd into an extension of the Utrecht Science Park. The office park boosts its green personality with recreational area Naturepark Bloeyendael. An attractive and representative residential and working environment with a varied proposition.
Organisations located at Rijnsweerd: the Province of Utrecht and many business and financial services providers, such as ASR, CMS, DAS, EY, NZA, PwC and Remobis.
Business Eiland Utrecht is a diverse area on the southern side of Utrecht, with many offices and business locations. The area has key connections to important outgoing roadaxles and offers great accessibility to highway A12. In addition, the express tram offers an excellent connection with Utrecht Central Railway Station and the city centre.
Noteworthy companies that have established here are: Berenschot, equensWorldine, Gepu and Terberg Leasing. Creative breeding grounds such as Vechtclub XL and the Alchemist are located alongside the Merwede canal. Vechtclub XL (2,500 m2) is a successful shared office building for the creative sector. In addition to studios and workshops, the building offers room for public events and expositions, a fresh food hall, urban farming, a local brewery pub, coffee-roasting house and a restaurant. The Alchemist is a shared office building focusing on social functions. The block of buildings “Kanaalcentrum” is turning into an innovatively mixed cluster with room for start-ups, residences and facilities.
This area is part of the Merwede canal zone. Over the coming 15 years, this former office and distribution area will be transformed into a multifunctional, energy-efficient, sustainable and green district.
With 216 hectares, Lage Weide is the largest industrial site in the Utrecht region and offers employment for approximately 18,000 people. Lage Weide is one of the oldest industrial sites of the Netherlands and in full development. Located at the Northwest side of Utrecht with direct connection to A2 highway, Amsterdam-Rhine Canal and railways. Lage Weide offers a rail and container terminal and has one of the largest inland ports of the Netherlands. This offers additional opportunities for multimodal transport. Initially, mostly industrial entrepreneurs and construction companies settled at Lage Weide, but recently this focused has shifted to logistics and distribution.
A great area with various renowned and prosperous companies, such as DHL, Fonq, HEMA, Kuehne Nagel, Picnic, Raak, Strukton and WE.
The Werkspoorkwartier is within cycling distance of the city centre and offers an excellent bus connection and its own train station (Station Zuilen). Especially attractive to city-minded companies and the creative sector. One of the most high-profile buildings in the area is the Werkspoorkathedraal with a pub, restaurant and an enormous industrial heritage hall where creative entrepreneurs can be accomodated as well as organise events.
The current industrial site is transforming into a leading business location for manufacturing companies and creative start-ups. With over 10,000 square meters of new activities and more than 200 new jobs – in part made possible by redeveloping vacant properties – this development is stimulating the competitive position of the region. This is what makes the Werkspoorkwartier the circular breeding grounds of Utrecht. The transformation is still ongoing. On the greenbelt alongside the railway, Utrecht has recently starting building the Hof of Cartesius: a new, green place to work where creative, sustainable entrepreneurs are building their own workplace around a public garden.
A high-quality business park with intriguing corporate architecture close to the A2 highway. Gateway to Leidsche Rijn Centre with excellent accessibility and a prominent location at the award winning sound barrier and eye-catcher “The Wall”, a 800 metres long complex of buildings alongside the A2. Moreover, its proximity to the Antonius Hospital, Leidsche Rijn Station, medical companies, business services providers and IT companies. At the other side of de Wetering you will find recreation area the Haarrijnse lake. The Wetering has several plots available for high-quality activities.
The historical city centre offers the variety of facilities and optimal public transport access suited to inner city centre and more. Here, you will find mostly (small) business services providers and nonprofit organisations. The bordering areas Wilhelminapark and the Maliebaan, possess monumental mansions and office villas. Most companies here are financial institutions, business services providers, lawyers and accountants, often located near the attractive green streets close to the buzzing shopping streets. The area also offers shared office buildings, such as Hooghiemstra.
Oudenrijn is a business park of approximately 74 hectare and is situated on the western side of Utrecht. The area is easy to access thanks to its connection to the A2 and A12 highways. The northern part of the area also offers two high-quality public transportation connections. Oudenrijn offers a diverse collection of companies from the trade, transport and industrial sectors. Upon entering the industrial site, you are greeted by businesses such as BASF, Matex Deuren, Merwede Springs, Velux Nederland BV and a number of automotive companies. Oudenrijn allows the establishment of companies that are not obligated to have an environmental permit and companies that are obligated to have a permit up to environmental category 4.
Business park Nieuw Overvecht is located on the northern ringroad of Urecht. It’s positioning towards downtown Utrecht and arterial roads makes it an attractive, city-minded business area. With over 4,000 jobs it is an important area for the city. The site houses a diverse range of companies, mainly focusing on health & movement. These includes companies like KNSB, Saltro, Technische Unie and ULC. Ice-skating rink ” the Vechtsebanen” and the Dutch Health Tech Academy allow for additional activity in the area. Both Nieuw Overvecht and the city continue to invest in the site to improve sustainability and the business climate.