Number 19 - November 2015 

Retail deals lead to investment explosion 
Over the first 9 months of this year, investment volume on the Belgian real estate market surged by 59% to € 3.3 billion, reports broker and advisor JLL. The figure was largely boosted by two huge shopping centre deals. By year-end a total volume in excess of € 4 billion is possible, once again, it believes, due to shopping centre deals but also industrial portfolios and over € 100 million of office transactions in Brussels CBD. The third quarter of 2015 was an outstanding quarter in retail, with a total investment volume of € 1.2 billion, over 10 times more than the same quarter last year. The volume year-to-date is € 1.67 billion, more than 5 times above the volume invested in the first 3 quarters of 2014. A number of exceptional transactions were registered this quarter, involving shopping centres and portfolio deals.

The new Brussels’ real estate map: focus on Canal Zone and housing
For the first of this season’s seminars, Editions & Séminaires once again managed to gather an impressive panel of presenters, and attract over 300 delegates. Industry presenters were joined by Brussels Minister-President Rudi Vervoort, Federal Mobility Minister Jacqueline Galant and Brussels Master Architect Kristiaan Borret. The theme of the seminar was ‘The New Real Estate Map in Brussels’. The Region expects to see an extra 6,000 inhabitants per year over the foreseeable future, and there still is a housing deficit. According to Rudi Vervoort, policy in real estate has to be flexible – you can no longer set a fixed plan for the next ten or fifteen years.

Flemish housing energy standards: time to act
The Flemish Energy Renovation Programme has set itself the goal of banning all housing which is wasteful of energy, by 2020. This will be achieved through four action points: all roofs and attic floors are to be insulated, all single glazing is to be replaced by high performance glass, old electric heating installations are to be replaced and exterior walls are to be insulated. These initiatives have been called for by the Belgian construction and renovation sector, along with residential property owners and occupants, since 2010.


PPP for residential development in Brabant Wallon
Under a public-private partnership initiated in 2011 regional real estate development agency, the ‘Régie Foncière du Brabant Wallon’, Thomas & Piron and Immobel are working together on the creation of an ambitious housing project: the ‘Domaine des Vallées’ in Grez-Doiceau. In order to address the significant land pressure seen in Walloon Brabant, the intention of this public-private partnership is to promote access to ownership. The Domaine des Vallées will comprise 203 housing units: This new living space, say the developers, will offer a living environment of superior quality, meeting energy standards and harmoniously laid out on a plot of around 10 hectares.

Major sale in historic Brussels
A major transaction took place in the very centre of historic Brussels: Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CACIB) has sold the shares of BTI SA, which owns real estate rights to the Brouckère Tower, to entities managed by DW Partners, LP and Whitewood. The Brouckère Tower, formerly known as the Philips Tower – and still referred to as such by many Brussels residents – is an iconic building at the corner of one of the largest, and only recently and controversially established, European pedestrian areas. The Brouckère Tower offers 36,000 m² of office space, along with retail and 525 public parking spaces. Building on the work undertaken by CACIB, the purchasers aim to re-establish Brouckère Tower as a prime location for corporate and institutional tenants.

Atenor buys own building and wins canal contract
Atenor has recently announced the acquisition from BNP Paribas Fortis of 100% of the shares of Hexaten s.a., owner of the Nysdam office building in La Hulpe. Atenor, whose own offices are in the building, intends, initially, to reposition this building on the office market. In the long term, in collaboration with the local authorities, Atenor will examine its redevelopment alternatives. The company was indeed at the origin of this development. The building comprises 15,600 m² and 408 parking spaces. It is 50% leased.
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18-20/11 > MAPIC

From November 18th to 20th, Mapic will be the centre of the world’s retail scene. Taking place at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, this annual gathering is the retail equivalent of Mipim, and is also organised by Reed Midem. This year will see over 8,400 international participants, including over 2,400 retailers and 2,300 property developers. The show will feature the main exhibition area, along with conferences and networking events. It involves all types of retail property: city and shopping centres, factory outlets, leisure areas and transit zones. There are some 700 exhibitors, and over 500 new brands are expected to make an appearance. In all, representatives from 74 countries worldwide will be found at this latest edition.

Further information & registration...

18>20/11, Cannes, Palais des Festivals

18>19/11, Brussels, Tour & Taxis

Course 'Building Assessment (NEN2767)'
Organised by FREESTONE LAB
19/11, Sint Niklaas

Seminar: ‘The PEB (energy certificate) in 2015 –
how will it be applied?’

Organised by brussels.environment
20/11, Brussels

Conference: ‘Brussels, multi-lingual city’
Organised by the Territorial Development Agency (ADT) & the Brussels Academy.
23/11, Brussels, BIP

FM & Architecture
Organised by IFMA Begium
24/11, Seraing, HEPL

UPSI/BVS Business lunch
26/11, Brussels, Hotel Le Plaza

Seminar 'Experience a nearly zero energy building - A future of today'
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27/11, Louvain-La-Neuve

Heat pumps : workshop & Batex visit
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07/12, Brussels, Philantropy House

Seminar: ‘Multi-occupant housing: renovation with high energy performance’
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11/12, Brussels

Conference: ‘From the Seat to the Capital of Europe’
Organised by the Territorial Development Agency (ADT) & the Brussels Academy.
14/12, Brussels, BIP

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Retail projects in the news
The gathering of the major world-wide decision-makers in the domain of retail real estate, is the occasion for us to highlight the major retail projects being developed in Belgium.

Part of a future eco-district >>

Flagship urban regeneration project for Brussels city >>

Ambitious development >>

Transforming a brownfield site into a mixed-use city centre area >>

Major development for Charleroi 'Low town revitalization >>

New look for a city centre monument >>

A prime location in Liège >>

Atenor brings new life to Mons >>
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