Are your assets future-proof?

Expo Real 2017

Digitization, city growth, increasing demands for mobility and sustainability fuel a groundbreaking, sometimes even disruptive transformation in real estate. The question is: How to turn this transformation into value – for decision-makers in real estate and communities alike? Particularly, as interest rates are at a record low and with the subsequent real estate-boom, evident opportunities for investors, developers and buyers have become scarcer and the industry turns to peripheral locations and higher risk, value-added projects. 

Analyzing developments across asset classes and current trends, Arcadis and CallisonRTKL recognize promising opportunities and outline value drivers and points of attention. Read below 
- how the Experience Economy is on the verge of transforming Retail, Leisure and Offices
- why Hybridization and Flexibility are the talk of the town regarding Residential and Hotel property
- how Digitization and Energy-Efficiency will transform mobility and how this impacts Real Estate
- why smart and sustainable buildings are key to make your portfolio future-proof
- how to tackle lack of space and opportunities with brownfield redevelopment

As thought leading design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, we support clients to get ready for the future by turning transformation into value – tailored to their asset/portfolio strategies and throughout the lifecycle of their assets. 
Two key recommendations from our perspective:

  • We advocate a strategic approach to asset /portfolio management throughout the asset lifecycle, in order to optimize performance, cost and efficiency in transactions, construction projects, operations and maintenance. A performance-driven design approach allows to include and quantify both economic and social/ environmental parameters.
  • In times of digital disruption, volatile markets and a generally high speed of transformation, constant innovation and agility are key for all players in real estate. Co-creation in flexible expert networks will allow to combine relevant experience, knowledge, resources and market insight.

Experience economy

Across Europe, digitization and demographic change entail a shift of real estate usage and bring forth new object types and opportunities:
We witness the rise of the experience economy: As the everyday activities of working, shopping and daily life are more and more being run via digital platforms, off-line activities need to add extra value, for example through the experience of a brand, of creative team work, of unique and memorable leisure-time activities. Retail, office and leisure properties are required to create the space for such experiences. Read the Arcadis trend-report including recommendations. Trend Report Retail - Trend Report Office - Trend Report Leisure


To manage risk and respond to mobile lifestyles and generally volatile markets, new, flexible concepts emerge in property for living. Hybridization is the talk of the town, as borders between previously distinct forms blur. Classic residential buildings and hotels stand next to hybrid forms with flexible lease terms and service offering (hotel, apart-hotel, micro-apartments, student housing, assisted living). In the office world, co-working providers expect high flexibility in space and lease terms. Generally, lease conditions become more short-lived, resulting in higher asset management effort. Read the Arcadis trend-report including recommendations. Trend Report Hotels - Trend Report Residental


The transportation of people and goods is challenged by the need to reduce emissions and increase effectiveness. Digitization is expected to transform mobility in a groundbreaking way, from e-mobility in the automotive industry, to intelligent traffic management and same-day-delivery of goods in logistics. The new ways of transportation also impact real estate, obviously, ranging from the re-development of entire quarters to the reconstruction of parking lots. Read the Arcadis trend-report including recommendations. Trend Report Transportation - Trend Report Logistics

Sustainable and smart

Future-proof buildings must be sustainable and smart. With buildings being accountable for 40 percent of global CO2-emissions, regulations tightening across Europe and stakeholder demands rising, the scope of sustainability broadens from energy-efficiency to the economic and social dimension, including questions around mobility, IT and communication or mixed-use. Smart technology is a perfect match in this, as sensors, data and automation will allow to optimize operations and maintenance. As the Internet of Things will not stop at the door of a building, borders between architecture, design and technology will fall. Security, energy-efficiency, communication and entertainment, intelligent light and heating systems are going to be connected and operated digitally. Read the Arcadis trend-report including recommendations. Trend Report Smart Buildings - Trend Report Sustainabe Buildings

Brownfield conversions

As interest rates are at a record low and with the subsequent real estate-boom, evident opportunities for investors, developers and buyers have become scarcer. The industry turns to more peripheral locations and higher risk, value-added projects. In this setting, asset classes that have been neglected previously, become more attractive and even achieve record turnover. Logistics property, as well as retail parks or residential property for students, commuters and singles are sought-after. In metropolitan areas, peripheries as well as B- and C-cities profit from lack of space and position themselves as viable alternatives to overpriced A-locations. Hidden champions become the new stars. Brownfield conversions are a promising way to open up space and comply with political demands to reduce land usage. Read the Arcadis trend-report including recommendations.  Trend Report Brownfield


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