Swiss Prime Site’s property portfolio contains high-quality property and locations. The portfolio as a whole also has a good sustainability balance sheet. To optimise this further, targeted measures are being taken and investments made as part of Swiss Prime Site’s CO2 reduction pathway. The aim is to continuously improve resource consumption and achieve climate neutrality in the property portfolio by 2040 (see CO2 reduction pathway).
As at the end of 2020, the portfolio comprised 185 properties in total. Total floor space increased to 1 673 005 m², while the vacancy rate was kept at 5.1% through proactive management despite the difficult environment.
According to Wüest Partner, roughly 80% of the group’s properties rank in the quadrants with the highest quality based on the overall market. The majority of properties (76%) are located in German-speaking Switzerland. In this context, the canton of Zurich and particularly Zurich City account for the main share in this region with 44%. Another important region is the Lake Geneva basin with a share of 22%.
Swiss Prime Site has mainly geared its portfolio to the needs of commercial and services businesses. Currently 44% is let as offices and 26% as retail units. The property portfolio’s maturity profile is long-term and thus attractive. Roughly 21% of net rental income is generated with rental agreements with a term of ten years or more. Another 34% of the portfolio is due for renewed leasing at terms of between four and nine years.
Highlights from the reporting year
In 2020, Swiss Prime Site Immobilien continued with the targeted growth of its portfolio. Major milestones were reached at Stücki Park in Basel, where the company is expanding floor area by more than 70 000 m² (laboratories and offices) by 2023. Tenants have moved into the first units. The multiplex cinema, which was completed in autumn 2020, did not open its doors until 2021 because of the pandemic. The «West-Log» project in Zurich-Altstetten and JED (existing building) in Schlieren are close to completion in early 2021. Elektro-Material moved into the «West-Log» logistics building as an anchor tenant. The two anchor tenants in JED, Halter and Zühlke, also moved into their rental space. As the buildings are flexible and can be used for a wide variety of office and commercial purposes, the new and future tenants will be able to structure the space perfectly for their activities. The Schönburg project in Berne and the YOND project in Zurich were awarded international architectural prizes in the reporting year.
As part of the further development of its portfolio, Swiss Prime Site Immobilien placed great emphasis in the reporting year on reducing heat and electricity consumption. To increase its own production of renewable electricity, it identified 18 properties in which additional photovoltaic systems could be installed. Of these, four facilities with a total installed capacity of around 380 kWp were put into operation in the reporting year. More projects will be completed in 2021. More information on reducing the ecological footprint can be found in the CO2 reduction pathway.