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| Docks Bruxsel wins the race to open |
When Docks Bruxsel opened its doors, it officially became the winner of the ‘race’ to be the first shopping centre to the north of Brussels to open its doors. With its light & airy architecture and BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification, Docks Bruxsel has set new standards for all shopping centres to come. Docks Bruxsel accommodates 113 shop units, 8-screen cinema, an indoor adventure area with intellectual and physical tests and around 20 cafés and restaurants.
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| Mapic - the figures and trends |
Total attendance was over 8,300 participants, with France, the UK and Italy making up the top three national delegations of the 78 countries represented this year at Mapic. Looking at trends in the market, and speaking of the 'shopping experience', British retail guru Mary Portas, speaking at a conference, went as far as to say: 'By 2020, the shopping experience will overtake product and price, both in the UK and globally. The social aspect of 'doing' is more important than ever, and brands need to work creatively and competitively to connect with consumers at that level'.
| Retail sector holding up well |
In its ‘Property Times’, real estate advisor and retail specialist Cushman & Wakefield points out that 2015 was an all-time record year for investment in Belgian retail, with more than 2.15 billion Euros invested and activity reaching record levels in every retail segment. Over first nine months of 2016 some 670 million Euros was Euro mark will be exceeded or the full year. Where take-up is concerned, the figures are progressing – especially in the out of town market.
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| Gloomy hotel sector doesn't halt confidence |
Cushman & Wakefield has been analysing the current situation of the Brussels and wider Belgian hotel industry, following the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks. Since November 2015, occupancy rates have been strikingly low and include some of the lowest monthly rates ever. Despite the recent turbulent situation, however, players continue to invest in the development of the hotels across the territory, signaling a level of confidence in the industry’s long term prospects.
| Virtual Reality brings real estate to the next level |
A few years ago, Virtual Reality (VR) was only known by connoisseurs. Now different sectors have seen the benefits of the technology, it is booming. On construction sites, problems often arise by wrong interpretations. Thanks to VR the technical plans can be turned into virtual rooms or spaces you can walk into as if they already existed, offering a whole new perspective. The Belgian construction group Willemen, which has been working with Buidling Information Modeling for a long time, was one of the first in Europe to embrace VR-technology.
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| Nobel Biocare – a satisfactory solution negotiated by Colliers |
The concept of tenant representation has become a reality on the Belgian market. The philosophy behind this is that real estate brokers are looking to rent out as much space as possible, while ‘Tenant Reps’ concentrate on the real needs of the future occupant. A recent case also involved another relatively new concept: ‘stay or move’. In other words, the best option for the tenant might be – under certain conditions – not to move at all, but to stay where he is. Nobel Biocare appointed Colliers International Belgium to analyse and compare all possible scenarios.
| The winners of the MAPIC Awards were revealed last thursday in Cannes |
During last week’s ‘Mapic’ fair, Awards were once again handed out. There were 12 different categories, open to different categories of applicant (retailers, developers…) of which four of the most interesting are ‘Retailer of the Year’ awarded to Tesla; the ‘Best retail global expansion’ award which honoured ‘Rituals’ - a Dutch retailer-; the ‘Best new retail concept’ award, taken by Zing Pop Culture of France and The ‘Best new shopping centre’ award, this year won by Il Centro of Milan. Discover the 48 retail projects which were in the running for the 2016 Mapic Awards competition.
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|Smart Real Estate Belgium 2016 |
Organised by SPRYG Real Estate Academy
01/12, Brussels, Holiday INN
Seminar 'Sustainability at reasonable cost'
Organised by Brussels Environment
16/12, Brussels, Tour & Taxis
|With more than 3,000 participants in 2014 and 2015, the training sessions and seminars on Sustainable Buildings conducted by Bruxelles Environnement have become a reference point. Investment allied to a high performance project is generally higher than that for a standard project. How can you keep within budget while striving to meet initial objectives? Using concrete examples, project managers, designers and also contractors and financiers will come together for the ‘Sustainability with cost control’ seminar to present their experiences in this domain. You too can take advantage of the expertise in this domain available in Brussels by participating in the seminar. |
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