List of 5 large property developers in Switzerland
Real estate project developments are shaping the Swiss real estate market and realizing exciting new real estate projects. Below we present 5 project developers and builders from our list.
1. Allreal Group
The Allreal Group is headquartered in Baar in the canton of Zug. With a real estate portfolio of CHF 3.96 billion and a project volume of CHF 420 million (2017), it is considered one of the largest real estate companies in German-speaking Switzerland. In line with the company’s headquarters, Allreal projects focus on Central Switzerland and Zurich. In Zurich, two major projects (completion in 2020) are currently underway: the construction of a residential building with 80 apartments and the construction of a new six-story commercial building. The combined investment volume is approximately CHF 120 million.
Update 2023: Allreal Holding AG issued a fixed-interest green bond in March 2023. The volume of the bond is CHF 150 million and the issue will be used for the realization of sustainable projects of the Group. With the Green Bond, Allreal is using a construct that has become increasingly popular in recent years.
Smart Living – networked and sustainable living offers is the mission of bonainvest AG under the umbrella of bonainvest Holding AG in Solothurn. For this purpose, the self-developed concepts “bonacasa” and “bonacasaNET” are used. The value of the residential real estate portfolio is CHF 176.9 million (2017). Successfully realized bonainvest projects include the Schüsspark CINQUE in Biel/Bienne (including nine urban villas).
3. Espace Real Estate
Espace Real Estate Holding AG, based in Biel/Bienne, is a western Swiss real estate company that has been in existence since 2000 and focuses on real estate investment and project development. The value of its real estate portfolio is nearly CHF 640 million (2017), and the company employs about 1,000 people. Espace Real Estate’s projects include “volaare” – a residential project with around 120 apartments in Zuchwil in the canton of Solothurn (completion 2020).
Implenia AG was formed in 2006 as a result of a merger. The company, which has around 8,000 employees, is headquartered in Dietlikon near Zurich. Apart from Switzerland, Implenia is active in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia – preferably with infrastructure projects (bridge, tunnel, railroad line construction). In 2017, group sales reached CHF 3.86 billion, with an order volume of CHF 2.06 billion. Among the many Swiss projects is schorenstadt, Basel: an ecological residential project.
5. Swiss Prime Site
Since its founding in 1999, Swiss Prime Time AG has become the largest listed real estate company in Switzerland. The real estate portfolio of the company, which is based in Olten in the canton of Solothurn, amounts to CHF 10.8 billion (2017). Swiss Prime Site has grown strongly through several acquisitions in recent years and has differentiated its business. A current project highlight is the construction of a new senior citizens’ residence in place of the former Hotel du Lac in Lugano (completion 2021).
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The Switzerland players in our database
Our database offers over one hundred entries on the most important project developers in Switzerland. For the listed developers we provide the detailed development focus (office, residential, retail, logistics, care for the elderly and hotels). In order to make contacting them as easy as possible, there is a wide range of contact information (email, telephone, addresses, company directors) for the individual Swiss project developers. The size of the project developers in Switzerland is also indicated by a ranking ranging from A to E.
You receive the list as an easily editable Excel list, it is sortable and thus adapts to your needs. For example, you can filter by project developers from Zurich who specialise in retail properties. In the first year after purchasing the list, we will send you free updates of the list. In addition to the list of the largest project developers in Switzerland, we offer numerous other industry and investor lists, such as the database of the most important real estate investors in Switzerland.
Included: ranking, asset classes, contact details
With our database you have the perfect tool to start your search for the right project developer on the Swiss market. The classification from A to E helps to categorize the developers in a meaningful way. In the first class A the developers are active in several cities in Switzerland and also in (European) countries. The developed projects have an investment framework of sometimes more than 100 million Euros. In contrast, the E-project developers are more active at a regional level and mostly focus on residential construction. The present database is a profile of the economic sector, each with a development focus. Here, as mentioned above, there are the categories office, residential, hotel, retail and health and care. The contact details in particular create real added value and facilitate, for example, sales activities with the names of the respective company management, emails, postal addresses and telephone numbers.
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With this extraordinarily extensive list of project developers in Switzerland, we support clients from a wide range of industries. Real estate agents and property owners consult the database to sell properties and land at a profit. Project developers are constantly interested in properties and plots of land with potential for appreciation and yield, which they can develop. The possibility of upgrading and developing buildings arises on a wide variety of occasions: Buildings that are dilapidated, additional designated area that can be built on, upgrading, further redevelopment and repair needs. Empty properties can be used for new projects. Other players in the market, such as brokers, producers of building materials, advertising agencies and digital offers in the construction industry find potential buyers.
Popular property class: residential
More than half of Swiss project developers are active in the residential property sector. The range of types of buildings containing residential units is very diverse. Some specialise in condominiums for sale, residential complexes for sale to institutional investors, listed properties or micro-apartments. Project developers usually have a group of buildings as their focus, which they manage. One example here is refurbishment, where properties in top locations are acquired, renovated and then resold to individuals as high-quality condominiums. Others specialise in new project developments where land is bought up and existing properties are demolished in order to redesign an overall project.
Another relevant focus: office and administrative buildings
The second most common class of investment in the real estate sector is office property. Similar to the residential sector, there are again different types of properties. Some project developers build high-rise buildings in Zurich’s office district, while others specialize in business parks in rural areas. However, other types of property are just as often bought up and then converted into office property. The type of further procedure for such properties varies. Some are resold in so-called global sales, while others are simply held in their own portfolio.
Specialised asset class: retail properties
Another very interesting asset class is retail real estate. This includes any location where goods or services can be purchased. Here, project developers design new shopping centres on greenfield sites or shopping centres in the city centre, as well as the development of mixed properties consisting of residential and commercial units is part of it. One category that has gained enormously in importance in recent years is specialist stores, such as DIY stores or garden centres. Accordingly, project developers develop a wide variety of retail property types: shopping centres, specialist stores, mixed-use commercial buildings, supermarkets.
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