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Kristiaan Borret: it’s time for action
The Brussels Region government has just appointed its second Master Architect, or ‘Bouwmeester’. Kristiaan Borret thus took over from the first incumbent, Olivier Bastin, in January of this year. Right at the beginning of his mandate, this former Antwerp Bouwmeester gives us his thoughts in its interview.
| 18/05/2015

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

Southern expansion for Antwerp
“Over the coming 15 years, Antwerp expects to see its population grow by 70,000 to 100,000 inhabitants, or about 30,000 families” says Rob Van de Velde, alderman for spatial planning, heritage and green spaces. “And that means an attractive housing and services offer has to grow along with it at the same time”. The chances are great that a substantial share of these new Antwerp residents will be settling down to the south of the city centre, because that area is already bustling with building activity.
| 18/05/2015

Public-Private Partnerships: added value is key to success
PPP – Public-Private Partnership in full - is a concept that was slow to get off the ground in Belgium. The formula was eyed most suspiciously, and was in the first instance geared towards financing projects for which the necessary funds were not readily available, while the added value of a PPP to a project was not, or hardly, taken into consideration. But, as we were able to establish at the ‘PPS in Vastgoed (PPP in Real Estate)’ Study Day organised by Management Producties at thebeginning of March, the tide finally seems to be turning, provided the formula pursues a win/win for all parties concerned.
| 18/05/2015

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.
| 18/05/2015

Up-and-coming office market in the city centre of Charleroi
The office market in Charleroi is currently very limited, at least in the city – most new office buildings have been constructed in the Aeropole zone near the airport over recent years. In light of the numerous major developments in the heart of the city, however, it can only be observed that there is an up-and-coming office market in the centre of a city which is aiming to regain its ‘metropolis’ status.
| 18/05/2015

Smart City Institute aims for better city living
The rapid growth in urban populations is bringing with it the emergence of challenges in domains such as mobility, housing, education, culture and safety, not forgetting resource management of course. The concept of cities known as ‘intelligent’ is more and more emerging as a response to the various problems allied to the growth in urban populations. Within this context, the Smart City Institute has just been created by the Management School of the University of Liège, with the support of both public and private partners. A first in Belgium described to us by Nathalie Crutzen, professor at the HEC-ULg and director of the new Institute.
| 17/03/2015

Focus on the Liège office market
While Brussels appears to constantly suffer from over-supply in buildings, Liège has for many years been characterised by under-supply. The construction of three emblematic buildings – Médiacité, the new Guillemins station and now the Finance Tower – will act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the city centre districts. A study recently published by Immoquest analyses this market and outlines the perspectives for development. In order to ensure that its study is objective in nature, Immoquest has drawn up the transaction figures for this market over the past five years.
| 17/03/2015

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