Managing public real estate and the trade-off between supporting user activities and sustainable development: case of the Netherlands police

Daniël van Staveren*, Monique Arkesteijn, Alexandra Den Heijer

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Abstract

Purpose: Corporate real estate management (CREM) is complex due to an increasing number of real estate (RE) added values and the tensions between them. RE managers are faced with trade-offs: to choose a higher performance for one added value at the cost of another. CREM research mainly deals with trade-offs in a hypothetical sense, without looking at the characteristics of the RE portfolio nor the specific context in which trade-offs are made. The purpose of this paper is to further develop the concept of real estate value (REV) optimisation with regard to tensions between decreasing CO2 emissions and supporting user activities. Design/methodology/approach: Mixed method study. REV optimisation between user activities and energy efficiency for police stations in the Netherlands built between 2000 and 2020 is analysed. This is complemented by interviews with an RE manager and senior user of police stations and analysis of policy documents. Findings: xThe characteristics of the police station portfolio indicate no correlation between user activities and energy efficiency for the case studied. This is complemented by interviews, from which it becomes clear that there was in fact little tension between supporting user activities and energy efficiency. The performances of these two different added values were optimised separately. Originality/value: This study combines different scales (building and portfolio level) with different types of data: portfolio analysis, document analysis and interviews. This creates a comprehensive image of whether and how the Netherlands police optimised the two RE values.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Corporate Real Estate
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Funding

This research is funded by the Netherlands Police (NP). The researchers thank the NP for their openness and cooperation during this research. Specifically, the authors thank Louk Heijnders and Li Ling Tjoa for their efforts with regard to this project.

Keywords

  • Management
  • Police
  • Real estate
  • Trade-off
  • Value

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