Project management services for SBB Businesspoint

The starting point

In partnership with Regus, a worldwide provider of serviced office accommodation in business centres, SBB Swiss Federal Railways is developing Businesspoints in train stations throughout Switzerland. SBB Businesspoint in Geneva’s central train station opened in May 2014 to offer travellers and local companies the possibility to rent individual offices and meeting rooms for a few hours. SPG Intercity Geneva SA was appointed by Regus to manage the fit-out of SBB Businesspoint in Geneva‘s central train station. The major challenge for SPG Intercity was to make sure that the fit-out from shell-and-core condition was completed on time for the opening day. SPG Intercity also had to manage complex negotiations with the general contractor of the core and shell construction in order to get structural modifications approved.

The solution

Design Coordination: SPG Intercity negotiated contracts with architects, HVAC and electrical engineers on behalf of Regus and coordinated the design team to finalize building permit applications and drawings as well as tender documents for construction (equipment specifications). Assist in bidding & contract negotiations: SPG Intercity analysed tender offers, made recommendations for the award of the construction contracts, compiled contract documents and updated the preliminary cost estimate to reflect the total agreed project cost. Monitor building works: SPG Intercity represented Regus at weekly building site meetings and issued monthly progress reports to the client, analysing progress against the program, explaining the causes of any delays and highlighting key issues. Cost control report: SPG Intercity prepared the payment schedule, monitored invoices and compared actual costs against the original baseline budget. Monthly Budget Reviews were submitted to the client.

The result

Despite the short delay until opening day, the premises were delivered to a very high standard of fit out. The grand opening of the Businesspoint was a great success. Moreover, the fit-out project was completed under budget.