With Geely having a clearly expressed view of Sweden as its second corporate home, the company has further chosen to establish a new innovation hub with 3,500 top of the range workspaces in Gothenburg. Geely’s vision is to create a campus where all of its operations are represented, with focus on establishing cross-cultural exchange, mutual learning, and an innovation hub. The objective is to promote openness and cooperation, thereby promoting innovation.
To succeed with this vision, United Spaces has been chosen as a partner to establish a major coworking environment, i.e., an area of versatile workplaces to accommodate people from various operations, within a space that encourages dialogue and cooperation.
“This is an important and prestigious cooperation for us. We’re very proud that Geely has placed confidence in our ability to sustain our part in creating the Geely Innovation Centre in Europe. We share the same vision, which is to create a flexible and dynamic work-and-meeting space that is sustainable and inspiring, while promoting cooperation and creativity,” says Yvonne Sörensen Björud, CEO of United Spaces.
Relatively speaking, the office and meeting-place facilities created by United Spaces is regarded to be a massive coworking project by Nordic standards. The working area itself is 4,000 sq. m. and can accommodate around 500-600 people. The cooperation agreement between United Spaces and Geely will run for ten years and entails an initial investment of MSEK 14. The workplaces will be fully completed for use in 2021.
“We’re convinced that United Spaces, a pioneer in the coworking concept, is the best partner for Geely, in our efforts to create an open, inviting and collaborative campus, where innovation will be created through cooperation,” says Magnus Koch, Head of Operations, Geely Innovation Centre in Europe.
The Geely Innovation Centre in Europe will be completed entirely by 2022. The centre will take up a gross surface area amounting to 104,000 sq. m., consisting of five buildings. In addition to office spaces – cafés, restaurants, retail stores and hotels will also be made available to the general public and Geely representatives.