BMW Building Munich Hotel for HQ Workers

BMW Ammerwald Alpenhotel 1 photo
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Rents are rising to new highs every month all over the world and Germany is no exception. A recent study showed that Munich, where BMW’s headquarters is, has the highest rents in Germany, a real problem for the company’s employees.
In order to address this issue, BMW decided to build its own hotel for its staff, offering housing for them for at least until when they find their own place to stay, according to Strabarg Realty.

The Bavarians want to open their hotel in 2015, a building with 270 rooms for short-term workers, trainees and new employees. Since this is going to be destined only for temporary residence, the company will use the term “Hotel” to define it.

The U-shaped building will be located within walking distance from the headquarters, therefore helping out employees even more, by cutting the costs needed to get to their workplace.

Strabag Real Estate developer, Marcus Muller said that the location couldn’t be any better for BMW employees, talking about the new ‘hotel’. Thomas Hohwieler, the Director of Strabag Realty said that : “The search for qualified professionals is more important today than it ever was. Factors such as attractive and uncomplicated accommodation for the workforce play a role.”

The Germans are no strangers to hotels however. They have been operating the Ammerwald Alpenhotel for for 70 years not but this is a different concept overall.

It might also be part of a bigger plan over at BMW, one that aims to reduce money expenditure at all costs. Earlier this year, the company announced that it wants to cut around €100 million from the employee budget a year, in Germany alone, starting with 2015. This could very well be part of that plan.

Furthermore, innovative solutions to other problems have also been found in the recent months. The Bavarians moved almost all of their computing power to Iceland, to reduce the impact their energy consumption has on the CO2 fingerprint in Europe.

Using geothermal power and the natural cold air of the remote island, the company managed to cut around 3,570 metric tons of CO2 emissions and 82 of its operating costs. All the money they managed to save, could later on be invested in research and development for better, new technologies. It’s shaping up to be quite a good plan, after all.
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