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Investment: 2015 a year to remember
A number of trends characterised the investment market in 2015. These involved asset types, locations and yields… JLL has drawn up a summary of these trends, with some explanations.
| 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

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

Good governance in the public sector extends to the private domain
It is now around ten years ago that Anixton, through its founder and Managing Director Vincent Gérin, started providing the service known as ‘Tenant Representation’ (Rep for short). In this article, Vincent Gérin talks of the philosophy behind the move, and cites a number of concrete cases. He also talks of the trends in the real estate sector, in terms of selecting a new building, which he describes as ‘being part of the company’s marketing’. Allied to all this is the issue of sustainability, passive buildings, and of all the different criteria which play a part in the final choice.
| 10/05/2016

Office conversion continues unabated
The trend of office space conversion to alternative uses is still strong, with another 92,000 m² of office space being reconverted in 2015. Particularly in Brussels, which has the most substantial office stock in the country at 12.7 million m². Typically, older, out-dated office properties abutting residential districts have been redeveloped over the last decade, though office space in traditional business districts has also garnered interest. According to Michael Niego, Director Capital Markets at CBRE, the motivation for the conversion of office space has been a colliding trend of economic factors.
| 15/03/2016

Tour & Taxis is evolving above and below ground
At the beginning of this year, Extensa acquired the 25% of shares in Tour & Taxis held by each of the previous two other joint shareholders, and became 100% owner of the site. Michel de Bièvre, CEO of ‘Projet Tour & Taxis’ which is the Extensa company developing the site, tells us of the latest developments.
| 17/06/2015

Financing smart cities
‘Smart Cities & Sustainable Development’ is the name of the new programme, developed jointly by the European Investment Bank and Belfius Bank, to finance intelligent cities. A first in Belgium – and in Europe – which should enable communes to benefit from financing at reduced interest rates in order to progress towards the status of Smart City. The rules of the game have been set and the kick-off was given last year in June.
| 18/05/2015

Urgency to build more housing
Céline Fremault is the new Minister for the Environment of the Brussels Capital Region, but with a wide-ranging remit: Housing, Environment, Energy,Handicapped Persons... Her objective is to draw a link between all these areas and create a better life for citizens, particularly the most vulnerable. She speaks to us about housing in particular.
| 18/05/2015


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News in short
Green light for Parc de l'Europe | 19/4
Redevelopment for CCN agreed | 18/4
More development by citydev at Lavoisier City site | 15/4
Fourth 'exemplary' competition launched | 12/4
Call for tenders at Ixelles barracks site | 11/4
Cofinimmo targets CBD and healthcare | 10/4
Interim solution sought for new SNCB HQ | 4/4
Canal district taking shape | 3/4
Lunch with a down to earth architect | 2/4
Accenture - another major tenant for Gare Maritime | 29/3
Wood and energy efficiency on show in Namur | 27/3
Further expansion for Louvain-la-Neuve | 26/3
Flanders projects on the move | 22/3
Major development opportunity in Liège province | 20/3
WTC confirmed as Flemish choice | 18/3



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