As a tenant, you usually have to make do with finished buildings and settle into them as best you can. HIAG takes a different approach to the development of its sites: the requirements that tenants have for their future domicile are determined in advance and integrated as best as possible. This was also the process at The Hive. "HIAG was willing to construct a building for us according to our needs," says Fabrice Pralong, Operations Manager at LEM. He says that was decisive for the choice of location (see interview). At the beginning of 2022, LEM, a globally leading Swiss producer of sensors for measuring current and electrical voltage, moved its headquarters to the new campus. A stone's throw from Geneva, administration, development and research as well as production are now united under one roof. "We built exactly what the tenant LEM wanted," says Thierry Charlier, the responsible project developer from HIAG.
High-tech in a natural environment
Another decisive factor was the "spirit". The Hive is designed as a campus for innovation and high-tech, oriented towards collaboration and exchange - in keeping with its name: "Hive" means "beehive". All this is embedded in an attractive environment with meeting zones and lots of nature. You can take a walk under the trees or play ping-pong and pétanque. The concept is probably unique in Switzerland. LEM was very attracted by the surroundings and the infrastructure, confirms Fabrice Pralong. "Companies like LEM employ a lot of talent," says project developer Thierry Charlier. These highly qualified young employees are used to working in a high-quality environment, he says. "To be able to keep them in the company, the working conditions have to be attractive." The Hive offers the best conditions for this. And it is in a good location: the site has its own public transport connection, only a few minutes' drive from Geneva airport and the Zimeysa railway station, in the vicinity of the renowned CERN.