Number 10 - May 2013 
REALTY, a valuable meeting and networking event on the up
Just one week before Realty opens its doors at Tour & Taxis, organisers Artexis and major partner ‘UPSI’ have been giving details of the latest situation. Exhibition Manager Gregory Olszewski started by pointing out that this is already the fifth edition of Realty. The two exhibition halls are completely filled for the first time this year, with 126 exhibitors, many of which have taken more space than in the past. There are more developers, investors and public authorities exhibiting than last year.
On the all-important question of visitors, registrations are still coming in fast, and Gregory Olszewski stated that the target figure of over 5,500 (5,300 last year) would ‘easily be met’. More than 100 international investors are also expected (up from last year) taking advantage of the advice they can receive on the most profitable areas to invest their money, particularly in view of an evolving legislative framework.
A high level conference programme will spread over the three days with topics covering all aspects of the real estate industry in Belgium and further afield: Booming Cities – Blooming Cities, Affordable Homes, the City for the Citizen, Passive and Profitability, Alternative Finance structures, regional resal estate development in Wallonia en Flanders…

Brussels office market, a self regulating market
Despite a somewhat perturbed economic, social and political climate, transactions during 2012 on the Brussels office market can be described as satisfactory, although the investment level was disappointing. Take-up from companies and administrations was 11% up compared to 2011, vacancy is down but remains around the 10% mark, and ‘facevalue’ rents are, in general, stable. Overview and analysis of the market and its most important projects by Guibert de Crombrugghe and Patrizia Tortolani.
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Integrating New World of Work into a turnkey office offering
In Mechelen, Intervest Offices & Warehouses has 21 office buildings across three sites, representing a total surface area of over 100,000 m²”, explains Luc Feyaerts, Chief Operating Officer of Interinvest Offices & Warehouses. “With RE:flex, located at Mechelen North on the Mechelen Campus site, the intention was to move away from the traditional concept of office rental, to emphasise a certain number of turnkey solutions and to respond to several concrete demands expressed by tenants”. These demands, from potential tenants, are for assistance in laying out the offices: from space planning to the implementation of the concept of ‘New Way of Work’, not forgetting finding suitable office furniture.
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Retail market Trends | A mixed bag but weathering the storm
The Belgian retail market continues to perform well, despite the economic crisis. In 2012, more than 300,000 m² of space found takers, a very similar figure to the previous year. CBRE reports that over half of this space was in peripheral locations and shopping centres, with high streets and city centres somewhat stagnating. This take up stagnation in the city centre is partially due to the fact that there is a traditional ‘city centre’ culture in the country, and once retailers have found good units, they do not easily move. On the consumer side, peripheral parks do well because public transport is not the preferred mode: in retailing the car is still king. A factor which also negatively affects city centre shopping.
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2013 perspectives for the belgian investment market
The investment market has been changing in nature over recent times. A combination of the economic and Euro crises, and a market which has self-regulated (some would say over-regulated) have pushed investors into new segments. Based on CBRE’s annual Investor Survey Belgium, the 2013 winners would be offices with a a prospective investment market share. The loser, CBRE’s survey revealed, is set to be retail with a prospective market share of 20 %. We take a look with Anixton and CBRE at what has been happening in 2012, and what we may expect for the whole of 2013.
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Interview I Rob Van de Velde, Alderman of the City of Antwerp
Antwerp demonstrates new dynamism to investors
With its new policies, the City of Antwerp is striving for a close interweave between industry, SMEs, residential and green facilities. “With the new administration, we are emphatically seeking to bring about a change of mentality,” opens Alderman Rob Van de Velde, who is responsible for Urban Planning and Development. “The turnaround time for large projects needs to be cut drastically; waiting times of ten years in some cases are no longer acceptable.”
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Be part of the ‘Coolest Cocktail'
at REALTY hosted by VK

Do you want to talk about your real estate project? Visit VK at REALTY. To avoid repetition, their ‘Longest Cocktail’-concept from last year has been replaced by ‘The Coolest Cocktail’. With this intriguing novelty, VK is once again positionning itself as a trendsetter on REALTY. Be sure to visit their stand (n°2210) and join them for a bite and drink, on Wednesday 29th of May starting at 4pm till closing time.

Events and conferences not to be missed at REALTY
Creativity as an economic driving force

Wednesday 29 May | 18:30-20-00
4 years ago, Art & Build architects initiated a series of special lectures on the occasion of the first Realty trade fair. The idea was to open the real estate debate to other horizons. This year, they have invited the star designer Ora-Ïto to draw upon his experience and share his vision of the city of tomorrow – this on the eve of his new art centre in Marseille which will open up the rooftop of Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse to the public. The lecture will be introduced by Etienne de Callataÿ, Chief Economist at Degroof Bank, and will be followed by an exclusive walking diner at the exhibitors' special evening.
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Issues and opportunities in the Belgian property investment market

Wednesday 29 May | 15:00 - 17:00
CBRE Belgium is organising a 2-hour seminar dedicated to investors and developers to highlight all important trends, issues and opportunities in the Belgian property investment market. Keynote speakers will include Didier Reynders - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs -, Piet Eichholtz - Professor of Real Estate and Finance and chair of the Finance Department at Maastricht University -, Thierry Blockerye - Professor at the Maîtrise en Gestion Fiscale (ULB) -, Gaétan Clermont - CEO of CBRE Belgium/Luxembourg/Switzerland -, Marnix Galle - CEO of Allfin - , ...
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The head of the Brussels Capital Region

Wednesday 29 May | 11:00
UPSI, the Union for Professionals in the Real Estate Development Sector, will welcome Realty participants for a conference and walking lunch, during which they will hear the views on Brussels Region urban development of the former Minister-President of the Brussels Capital Region, Charles Picqué, and his successor Rudi Vervoort.
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Facility Management is celebrated at REALTY

Tuesday 28 May | 18:00 ... closing time
The Belgian chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association) will host its annual Facility Awards ceremony and gala diner at Realty. From the seven finalists selected by a professional jury, the 3 best facility projects will be crowned by a Facility Management Oscar. The audience present will directly cast its 'Public prize' vote to elect the 'FM Project of the Year'. The evening will be hosted and presented by the dynamic presenter of Z-Facility (Kanaal Z television), Evelien Van Walleghem.
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Liege office market is gradually catching up
2012 was a relatively good year for the Liege office market, the largest in the Walloon region with its office stock of some 485,000 m². Around 70% of the office stock is located downtown, mainly along large avenues, such as Boulevard de la Sauvenière and Boulevard d’Avroy. Approximately 40 % of the stock involves second-hand buildings. Despite the low level of new quality office space, the office market performed well and recorded take up figures of around 42,000 m², which is four times higher than take up volume of the previous year.
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Top rents in Ghent overtake those in Antwerp
With a total stock of 1.4 million m², the Ghent office market represents the second office market in Flanders and the third in Belgium in terms of existing stock. Despite an unfavourable economic context, 2012 was an exceptional vintage, confirming the renewed interest for this regional market. Take up recorded in 2012 rises to around 37,000 m², which is double the volume of previous year. Transactions mainly took place in the Centre, representing a share of almost 50 %.
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Poor performance for Antwerp office market
Despite its reduced size compared to Brussels and other large European cities, the Antwerp market offers considerable advantages, such as the presence of one of Europe’s most important ports, excellent national and international means of transport, a well-developed logistics network, and a good balance between different economic sectors (industry, offices and retail). But Antwerp suffers from mobility issues and a scarcity of high quality buildings. While other regional markets showed themselves very active in 2012, take up in Antwerp was around 25% lower than the previous year.
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Interview I Greet Geypen, Alderman for the city of Mechelen
Mechelen, an ideal central location
Mechelen’s position exactly midway between Antwerp and Brussels, on the country’s busiest rail route, represents an enormous advantage for the city: it is just 10 minutes to Brussels and 20 minutes to Antwerp. Greet Geypen Alderman for Spatial Planning, Housing, Urban Regeneration, Real Estate Policy, Youth & Family, Monument Preservation and Agriculture: “We already have 82,000 inhabitants, and are expecting a substantial population rise.” With some impressive infrastructure projects, Mechelen is preparing to put itself emphatically on the map in the next few years for residential developments, offices and retail.
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