Successful urban development in the Netherlands is possible. How? By stimulating a public-private partnership between government authorities and the market. Rebel knows what it takes to bring the two together.
Urban development, a long drawn out process
Urban development is a complex market involving many players. There is the state with its area development plans one the one hand and private parties such as developers, investors and construction companies on the other. And last but not least, there is the public. Varying interests often result in buildings being constructed without any real demand and they stand empty as a consequence, especially in times of crisis. In short, it is time the parties got to know each other better.
Rebellious, demand-lead thinking
We think demand should determine building and not the fact that there happens to be a space in which to do it. Small scale projects and flexible planning are key concepts. We translate these into public-private contracts which are future proof and limit the risks for both parties. This is how realistic plans are made. We have presented flexible, demand-lead business cases many times before, for instance for the Hart van Zuid project in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), a real estate PPP study commissioned by the International Finance Corporation in Albania, a finance options exploration for inner city development in Zagreb (Croatia) and respectful inner city revitalisation in the Mediterranean region financed by the European Investment Bank.
A shrinking economy and empty buildings present an even greater challenge than sustainability. The solution lies in an efficient cooperation between the market and the state. The two need each other. And by presenting a clear picture of the social and financial implications of certain choices, we can make the decision making process that much simpler.