Number 26 - January 2017 

Brussels consults the public on PRDD
Within the context of the Regional Sustainable Development Plan (PRDD), the Brussels Region is calling for the opinions of its inhabitants. The plan is designed to set out the major lines for development within the region, over the next 25 years. The major objectives of the PRDD are to improve the future of Brussels in terms of mobility, quality of life, employment and economy.

2016, a good year for the office market
According to Vincent Querton, CEO of JLL, 2016 was frightening (for the terrorist attacks), astonishing for events such as Brexit and Trump, but excellent nevertheless for JLL in particular. It has also been a relatively good year for the sector. JLL expects to see a slight increase in the CBD in 2017, but it also believes that the New Way of Working will put upward pressure on vacancy over coming years as corporates downsize, even if this vacancy falls back to under 9% this year.

Mipim 2017 focuses on innovation
Mipim organisers Reed Midem has announced that five years after introducing tech innovation as a component of Mipim, the world’s property market is moving its Innovation Forum to the centre of its exhibition zone. Among the companies represented in the expanded Innovation Forum zone are energy solution providers, crowd-funding specialists and exhibitors focussing on intelligent buildings. Together, these companies are part of the growing ‘PropTech’ community.

The Edge: one of the smartest buildings of the Benelux
The office of the future is an intelligent building, which can partly manage itself. This means the building can advise its users by connecting different sources of information – such as lighting, HVAC, booking systems for meeting rooms and even personal calendars – with each other. These smart connections also allow the building or facility manager to deal more efficiently with every square meter of the building. Kanaal Z payed a visit to one of the smartest buildings of the Benelux: The Edge in Amsterdam.
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Scholen van Morgen sees 100th opening
Just four years after the start of the ‘Scholen van Morgen’ project to create 200 new schools in Flanders, the 100th new school has been opened at Zwevezele between Ghent and Bruges. On top of the 100 already finished, a further 58 are at the construction phase and 24 are being studied. According to Flemish Education Minister Hilde Crevits, the determination and punctuality of AG Real Estate in managing this programme and the projects has been a real benefit to Scholen van Morgen.

Semi-industrial market heading for a record
One of the property sectors analysed by JLL during its end of year review was the semi-industrial and logistics market. The semi-industrial portion has been extremely stable in take-up terms since 2012, at just over a million square metres per annum. 2016 was no exception, and it is thus the logistics element which has boosted the figures. From an average of 560,000 square metres since 2012, it is up to around a million in the past year, in balance with semi-industrial.


Offices | A study suggests workers in green buildings are healthier, display higher cognitive functions via @RICSnews ...


Le nouveau code wallon du territoire entrera en vigueur le 1er juin via @redacTendances ...

CO2-neutrale wijk Venning bekroond als meest duurzame sociale wijk in Europa #Kortrijk #Milieu #Energie via @ProfacilityBE ...


Retail across Europe set to face a generational challenge in 2017. Find out more in our EMEA #RetailOutlook via @CBRE_EMEA ...

Vilvoorde verzet zich tegen Eurostadion via @tijd ...

À quoi ressemblera le #pietonnier au centre de #Bruxelles ? C'est par ici en image via @YouTube via @bdecamps ...


Brussels Real Estate > 02/02
Brussels Real Estate, a seminar organised by Spryg Real Estate Academy, remains the place to be for public and private real estate decision-makers to discuss their vision on the market evolutions and present new projects. This year, James Roberts, chief economist Knight Frank UK, will discuss the effects of Brexit on the European and Belgian retail estate market. As for Boris van Haare Heijmeijer, partner Leasing Agency – Retail Cushman & Wakefield, he will set out his expectations for the future of the Brussels retail market. Visitors will also get a glimpse of major projects, such as City Dox, CityGate I, Project Brucity & the Mint and Mediapark Brussels.

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5th edition of the Agoria Smart Cities Forum
26/01 | Brussels, Diamant Conference & Business Centre

Brussels Real Estate 2017
Organised by SPRYG Real Estate Academy
02/02 | Brussels, Diamant Conference & Business Centre

Training « Acoustics: design and implementation »
Organised by Brussels Environment
13<20/02 | Brussels, Tour & Taxis

Seminar “Environmental permit & current environmental law in Flanders”
Organised by UPSI/BVS
14/02 | Deurle, Auberge du Pêcheur

ForumConstruction “Let’s talk digital”
Organised by Confédération Construction & CSTC
16/02 | Brussels, Heysel

Study day “Flemish Environmental permit 2017”
Organised by SPRYG Real Estate Academy
21/02 | Antwerp, ALM

Retail property market Belgium 2017
Organised by SPRYG Real Estate Academy
23/02 | Antwerp, HORTA

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Real estate projects & assets in the news

Grand Poste Liège finally to be redeveloped

Jost Group buys Trilogiport

Gateway completed and delivered

CBRE Global Investors buys Médiacité

Uplace finally on the way

Real I.S. follows Belair purchase with Immobel's Black Pearl
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