The Brussels Real Estate team recently supported Real I.S. AG, one of Germany’s leading providers of property investments for private and institutional investors, in the acquisition of two office buildings in the centre of Brussels. The Quatre Bras and Jean Jacobs building are situated on the inner ring road of Brussels, near the Court of … Read more
TA Europe has an extensive track record in the office building sector. In several transactions of single office buildings or pan European office portfolios we provided TDDs for vendors and buyers and made sure that our clients could generate maximum value from the deal. We help to manage so called deal breakers in a way that either a technical solution is developed to control the major risks or a smart capex plan is developed to cover for higher damages in the future.
We find that major risks in office building transactions are
- Lack in fire protection or relevant permits
- Lack of flexibility to comply with changes tenant requirements
- Lack of transport capacities of existing elevator systems
- Lack of capacities in heating and cooling
- Structural issues with the facade
- Damages concrete in underground parking floors through salt and carbonatisation
- Local regulation issues
TA Europe has provided TDDs of office buildings in 18 countries of Europe and always works with international as well as local specialists to handle above mentioned risks.
Our project and cost management team has been involved in new built and refurbishment of office buildings. Very often we are asked to support our investor clients in helping to get new purchased buildings up to speed again, managing the repair and refurbishment works as well as fittin out the office and expansions. With the help of cost benchmarks we are able to set up a business plan for the project, which helps to generate more income and higher value of the buildings.
TA Europe also understands the operational part of office buildings and includes improvement of the asset performance and life cycle costs into the cost plans. Sometimes it is necessary to convert buildings to implement the improvement plan, the most popular relevant example is the conversion of a completely empty office building in Düsseldorf to a modern residential block, which is now fully rented out.
Recent office building projects
TA Europe recently advised Art-Invest Real Estate on the Wolkenbügel transaction and completed a technical due diligence for the multi-building Port Event Center in Düsseldorf’s media harbour district. The object, which is known in the market under the name “Wolkenbügel”, is characterized by its architecture, which was designed by the Cologne architect Norbert Wansleben. The … Read more
TA Europe has a strong track record in Benelux and was delighted to support their trusted client La Française Real Estate Partners International on their first investment in the Netherlands. The ongoing popularity of Amsterdam commercial property confirmed by this positive transaction. The Hollandia office building is situated in the City Centre of Amsterdam at … Read more
TA Europe successfully completed the technical consulting for Art-Invest Real Estate at a listed office building in the center of Essen. It is the historic former service building of the Railway Directorate of the Ruhr Area, built in 1895. After the core demolition, the object was certified with LEED Gold as an ecological high-performance building … Read more