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CBRE advises investors in and owners and operators of special-purpose properties such as public buildings, health and educational facilities and multi-storey car parks.

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Experience with particular challenges

Many investors are focusing increasingly on special-purpose properties and need professional advice. The same applies to portfolio owners and operators; however their needs are different, for example, when it comes to public buildings. 

Special-purpose properties are niche properties that cannot be assigned to any one traditional asset class. These properties – the number of which should not be underestimated - include public sector buildings, health and social properties, educational facilities and multi-storey car parks. Extensive experience in this field is essential to realise their full potential. Otherwise, substantial costs can arise, for example when leases or operating contracts expire.

Multidisciplinary set-up

As an integrated real estate service provider with a global network, our focus is not limited to properties in the traditional use categories: we also have specialist expertise in special-purpose properties. We specialise in nursing and retirement homes, hospitals and rehabilitation clinics, laboratories, educational facilities and multi-storey car parks. Our teams offer capital market-specific, real estate and technical expertise, which means that projects can be realised even within tight budgets and deadlines. We are also a loyal partner for our clients, bringing together investors, operators and tenants of special-purpose properties.

Added value for decision-making

The marketing, letting and management of special-purpose properties require specialist knowledge and expertise. Our expert teams advise on every type of issue relating to special-purpose real estate:

  • Nursing and retirement homes: our knowledge of nursing and retirement homes sets standards across the sector. We know precisely how they are operated, and we understand what is important to investors and operators. This makes us the ideal partner in this sector for investors wishing to minimise risks, and operators looking to optimise operating costs.
  • Public sector: public sector special-purpose properties include educational facilities such as schools and children’s day nurseries, hospitals and clinics, and correctional facilities. We undertake complex tasks for these facilities on behalf of our public sector clients. Our teams of engineers, business economists and lawyers have considerable experience in developing solutions for the public sector. As process managers, we focus on one outcome: to implement projects on budget and on schedule, in an audit-friendly and procedurally correct manner.
  • Public Private Partnerships: Public Private Partnerships (PPP) have been established in public building construction for some time. For the public sector, this is a good way to reduce building and operating costs, and to make optimal use of buildings. Our teams have extensive experience with these solutions and assist in the conception, design and implementation of the structures.
  • Multi-storey car parks: in recent years, investors’ attention has also been drawn more and more to special-purpose properties with the potential to generate relatively high returns. Thus, multi-storey car parks are increasingly attracting the interest of international investors. Unlocking the rental and value growth potential of these often centrally located properties presents opportunities. Our advisors help investors, owners, tenants and operators to realise the potential of these special-purpose properties. 

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