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Cohousing
The neighbourly feel of a traditional village centre

‘Cohousing’ has existed in Denmark since the 1970s, and today about 5% families have been won over by the concept. In Flanders, cohousing first appeared some 20 years ago. Brussels and Wallonia have now also discovered the concept, which combines the privacy of individual homes with shared functions and a social ethos that brings neighbours together.
| 23/05/2017

Workplace occupancy cost: Belgium out of line with European trend
As it does every year, Colliers International has published its ‘Occupier Cost index’ (OCI), which calculates the total annual cost of a workstation per member of staff. This index is calculated on the basis of data from over 3,650 buildings across 29 European countries, and representing some 33 million square metres. The OCI involves over 1.7 million employees and is considered as a barometer of real estate costs for the professional property sector.
| 22/05/2017

Evaluation of Brexit’s impact
Think of the real real Estate market

A conference given by Colliers International at the recent Mipim show in Cannes was partially, in principal, on the subject of the impact of Brexit on the European real estate market. But the presenters, Walter Boettcher - UK Chief Economist, Director of research and forecast - and Damian Harrington -Head of EMEA Research-, invited those present to see the much wider picture. It is within this same logic that the main Belgian market, Brussels, can be seen both in its own right and as part of the European whole.
| 22/05/2017

To move or not to move
Automotive supplier Tenneco was approaching a lease-break in its Brussels premises. ‘Stay or Leave’ was the question, and real estate advisors Colliers carried out the analysis… Colliers Real Estate Services Senior Director Jeroen Govers explains what was at stake, and what the final decision was.
| 09/05/2017

A wider and deeper spectrum for BREEAM NC 2016
On March 28th, the new BREEAM environmental certification scheme for new constructions – BREEAM INTERNATIONAL NEW CONSTRUCTION 2016 (NC 2016) – replaced the previous scheme which had been used by the market for three years. As a continuation of BREEAM International NC 2013, it now completes the range of certifications with BREEAM INTERNATIONAL REFURBISHMENT AND FIT-OUT (RFO 2015) for the renovation and fit-out of buildings, launched last year. Our team of assessors has taken a close look at this reference, in order to provide an overview of what has changed, compared to previous versions.
| 16/12/2016

‘Smart’ initiatives to give foundations for the future to our cities
The concept of ‘smart cities’ is more and more emerging as a response to the various problems caused by the growth in urban populations. The Smart City Institute in Liège, and the ‘Belfius Smart City Award’, are pioneering this concept in Belgium and leading by example.
| 15/09/2016

Vision on the elderly homes needed to cope with the rapid ageing of the population
The expected growth of the older adult population will have an unprecedented impact on the national health care system. There is a clear need for additional nursing homes and healthcare workers, to avoid potential shortages in the coming years. Like most other European countries, Belgium is confronted with a rapid ageing of its population. This is the direct result of longer life expectancy and continuous improvement in living standards.
| 27/05/2016

Tenant and landlord fully support 100% partnership
The Hendrik Conscience building at Koning Albert II laan 15 , Brussels, belongs to AXA Belgium nv and houses the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training. Checking the user’s real-estate needs compared to the building’s properties is an ongoing task for facility and/or real-estate management.
| 27/05/2016


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News in short
Club Med confirms co-working surge | 18/4
Larger companies targeted by citydev | 16/4
Flexible workspaces - a key corporate trend | 12/4
Hotel sector well on the way back up | 10/4
AXA buys Passport | 9/4
Botanic Tower changes hands | 5/4
Commission launches mega-project | 4/4
Realty heading for the seaside | 3/4
Office space evolving - CBRE | 26/3
Belfius Smart Belgium Awards: context and winners | 22/3
Antwerp looks to the future | 20/3
Manufacturing must be in the mix - citydev | 19/3
Mipim Awards for Antwerp and Brussels | 16/3
MediaPark in the spotlight at Mipim | 16/3
Charleroi in major regeneration | 14/3
Atenor emphasises 'political will and means' | 13/3
Forward-looking Mipim opens | 13/3
First quarter low on take-up, high on investment | 12/3



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