Number 20 - January 2016 

Retail takes the honours in 2015
Reviewing the year that just ended and looking forward to 2016, real estate broker JLL pointed out the most outstanding domain in 2015 was retail. It is significant that, for the first time ever, more money has been invested in retail than in offices in Belgium over the past year. Some 47% of the 4.4 billion Euros total in fact, against 34% for offices. Yet another demonstration of the changing face of the real estate market.

Antwerp wins Belfius Smart City Award
The jury of experts nominated Antwerp as the winner of this first ‘Belfius Smart City’ competition. Antwerp’s project is entitled ‘StadsLab 2050, Energy for the Heart of Antwerp’ and is aiming for 100% sustainability. The project involves the public authorities, the private sector and the inhabitants of the city. The objective is to speed up the adoption of energy-efficient solutions right in the heart of Antwerp, from Central Station to the Schelde, a route which, notably, takes in the Meir, one of Belgium’s two most successful high streets.

FIABCI turns to the young for ethics code
Most business sectors claim to have a code of ethics, and many large companies have established these too. The real estate sector, at an international level, is now actively becoming involved in this, and is, intelligently, looking to those young aspiring professionals who will lead the industry in the future. The International Ethics Standards (IES) Coalition, a fast-growing group of 60 global professional bodies which includes FIABCI, has thus just launched a global ethics competition. The aim is to capture thought-provoking ideas from young people to help stimulate fresh thinking about the role ethics can play in the future of real estate and related professions.

Wind turbines installation in Brussels city centre
The summer of 2016 will see the construction of a unique and experimental piece of equipment at the foot of the Bastion Tower, Porte de Namur. This will be a piece of street furniture comprising benches in the form of winglets, along with three vertical axis wind turbines of some 9 metres in height, and a fourth turbine, this time horizontal, integrated into the building structure of the tower itself.

Eaglestone: the challenger is growing
Five years on from its creation, Eaglestone has become a recognised developer on the Brussels real estate scene, and is spreading its wings a little. While residential accommodation, including the conversion of former office buildings into this use, is the backbone of Eaglestone’s business, it is not limited to this. Nicolas Orts, Managing Director, points out that around three quarters of the company’s business is in this field, most of the rest in offices, and a little in retail. Since its creation, Eaglestone has developed projects worth 350 million Euros.

Office occupier market to embrace new technologies in 2016
The office occupier market is set for technological transformation and the convergence of HR and real estate strategies according to JLL’s predictions for 2016. John Duckworth, lead director of UK Occupier Services and Tom Carroll, director of EMEA Research identified three key trends that will influence the office property market in the next twelve months:
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Largest logistics transaction of 2015 in Wallonia
Logistics developer WDP is to construct a new 21,000 m² logistics centre for retail chain Trafic. This will be located at Heppignies to the north of Charleroi, on a parcel of land amounting to 16 hectares, which WDP had acquired some years ago from GSK. Following the Trafic development, it will be possible to construct a further 60,000 m² of buildings on this site for other occupants. The new centre will be operational as early as May of this year, and will at the outset provide 25 jobs. Trafic and WDP had both been working with real estate advisor JLL on this transaction for some time, looking to find the best logistical and financial solution.

‘Sustainable Buildings’ training: a new start for a new year
Destined for architects, study bureaux, engineers, project managers, professionals, developers, building managers, entrepreneurs, surveyors… the ‘Sustainable Building’ training courses run by Bruxelles Environnement are aiming to prepare professionals from the construction sector for the markets of tomorrow. The themes to be covered during 2016 are very much the very current topics within the profession: acoustics, rain water management, insulation materials, mobility, high energy performance renovation, the monitoring of sustainable buildings…
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Kantoorvastgoed in Brussel heeft sterke toekomst', inteview van Paul Gheysens, CEO van Ghelmaco via @trends_be

Un téléphérique pour relier le parking de dissuasion au Heysel via @redacTendances

Treescrapers: Merging concrete with nature via @JLL


More investors will incur debt for acquisitions in 2016 #ColliersResearch #Infographic via @Colliers

Cofinimmo sells its stake in Silverstone SA/NV for €92.6m #healthcare #CRE via @europerep


How have #hotels changed over the years? Watch the video to find out via @JLL

Place Rogier : une rénovation qui coûte cher, très cher... via @redacTendances

Uplace, une tragédie (politique) en 4 actes via @redacTendances


Programme & registration >>

MIPIM will focus on residential >>

Facilitair & Gebouw beheer vakbeurs
13 > 15/01 ’s Hertogenbosch

Investors Forum
21/01, Brussels – ING auditorium

UPSI/BVS – RES - RICS –Solvay Business school
New Year’s reception

21/01, Brussels – Hotel Le Plaza

Seminar 'Tool to help identify innovative techniques for ground cleansing'
21/01, Brussels – UNO

Brussels Real Estate
28/01, Brussels – BOZAR

Vlaamse Omgevingsvergunning 2016
23/02, Machelen – Van der Valk Brussels Airport

15 > 18/03, Cannes – Palais des Festivals

24 > 26/05, Brussels – Tour & Taxis

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The Cosmopolitan: rooms with a view over Brussels

Cofinimmo sells Livingstone II to Aberdeen

Tour & Taxis: Royal Warehouse sold to Leaseinvest

AG acquires Galeries St.-Lambert in Liège

Atenor buys own building

Major sale in historic Brussels
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