Befimmo acquires the office floors in the brand new Antwerp Tower in the heart of the city of Antwerp
Befimmo is happy to announce the acquisition of the office floors in the Antwerp Tower in which Silversquare will operate, as from mid-2022, its 10th coworking space. Located in the heart of the city of Antwerp at 500 m from the Central train station, the Antwerp Tower is a state of the art residential development by Matexi with mixed use ground floors.
Antwerp, an important business centre in Flanders
With this transaction Befimmo acquires its third property in Antwerp, an important business centre in Flanders. The Antwerp Tower is located in a prime location next to the Opera House and close to the Central Station, the metro and the Meir, the busiest retail street of the city. The three brand-new floors enjoy a beautiful terrace with a great view on the bustling city life. Befimmo also acquires 20 parking spaces.
Reinforcing the Silversquare network
After the recent openings of Silversquare Bailli and Central, it is time for new horizons! With the acquisition of the second, third and fourth floor (5,600 m²) of the Antwerp Tower, Befimmo has paved the way for Silversquare’s expansion to Antwerp. Mid-2022, after having opened Silversquare Kanal in the Quatuor building in Brussels, Silversquare will set up shop in Antwerp on a very strategic location.
Later in 2022 Silversquare will open in Liège. The new space in Louvain-La-Neuve is foreseen for 2023.
"Our locations are chosen strategically," says Alexandre Ponchon, co-founder of Silversquare. "We deliberately focused on Brussels (and Zaventem) first to create a solid base from which we can expand to other major Belgian cities and to Luxembourg.".
A hybrid world of work
The office of the future will be very different from the one of the past. “Over the last few years, we have been evolving towards a world of hybrid work in which employees share their time between different locations, it being in the office, at home or in coworking spaces. We clearly see a need for more flexibility." says Jean-Philip Vroninks, CEO of Befimmo, “We are building a Belux network to be able to meet this growing demand outside Brussels, in other major Belgian and Luxembourg cities, as well.”
“Antwerp Tower creates a new face for the Opera square. The renovated building counts 240 apartments, a lot of nice restaurants, some shops and now also a stylish coworking space. At Matexi, we’re eager to launch another collaboration with Befimmo after Paradis Express in Liège.”, ads Luc Van Rysseghem, Business Manager Antwerpen at Matexi.
Befimmo is a real-estate investor and operator and a Belgian Real-Estate Investment Trust (SIR-GVV). Focused on office buildings, meeting centres and coworking spaces, our high-quality portfolio is located in Brussels, the main Belgian towns and cities, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It is worth about €2.7 billion and comprises 63 office buildings and 8 coworking spaces.
Befimmo aims to create environments where people can work, meet, share and live. We are a facilitator of enterprises, entrepreneurs, and their teams. In partnership with our specialised subsidiary Silversquare, we operate coworking spaces and are jointly developing a Belux network of flexible workspaces. Our goal is to become a one-stop-shop that offers organisations, businesses, entrepreneurs and their teams different office combinations fully in line with their needs and provides the full range of solutions for tomorrow’s hybrid work environment.
As an organisation that is human and responsible, we offer inspiring spaces and related services and facilities, in sustainable buildings. Our three commitments - ‘Provide and Rethink Workspaces’, ‘Transform Cities’ and ‘Be Responsible’ - form the basis of the integrated CSR ambitions summarised in our 2030 Action Plan.
Silversquare is the pioneer of coworking spaces, created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They work with artists and designers to give the workplaces extra charisma. Efficiency is one thing, but atmosphere is just as important to create an environment in which you can be productive. For Silversquare, entrepreneurship is key. Silversquare has 40 enthusiastic employees and no fewer than 2,500 members. It operates eight unique coworking spaces in Brussels, Zaventem and Luxembourg over a total area of 32,700 m².
Since 1945, Matexi offers everyone the opportunity to purchase an affordable, sustainable and high-quality home. Under the motto "Welcome to the neighbourhood", Matexi wants to contribute with each project to neighbourhoods that inspire to make more of life together. Matexi has offices in every Belgian province, in the Brussels-Capital Region, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and in Warsaw (Poland).
With over 300 employees, Matexi is currently developing 429 neighbourhoods in 290 cities and municipalities. In 2020 Matexi realised a total turnover of nearly EUR 400 million. Last year, the neighbourhood developer sold 1,605 residential units. Since its foundation, Matexi has sold more than 42,500 homes, or roughly the number of homes in cities such as Kortrijk or Mechelen.
As market leader, Matexi wants to provide adequate answers to evolutions and challenges in the housing market. With projects such as Antwerp Tower (reconversion of an iconic office building with 26 floors), Leopold Views (Evere, reconversion from an office tower to apartments), Leopoldkazerne (Ghent, reconversion of amilitary complex to an urban area), Betons Lemaire (Ottignies, reconversion of an industrial site), Quartier Bleu (Hasselt, construction of a new district near the water), I-Dyle (Genappe, first 'eco-quartier' in Wallonie) and Kolska od Nowa (Warsaw, development of an apartment complex), Matexi takes the lead with regard to major inner-city developments, reconversion, and sustainable building.
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