Refitting Vacancy for the Creative Industry: A Strategy to Create and Maintain a Creative Community

Rob P. Geraedts, Hilde Remøy, A. van der Hoek

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The high vacancy rate in the office building market in the Netherlands is mainly explained by an overproduction of office space. The demand is expected to decrease further due to aging of the population, a changing economy and the decreasing need for space. A possible new end-user is the creative industry. The different working standards of this industry lead to different use of office space than the large-scale offices of the production economy. Adaptive reuse can create a solution for the need of new accommodations in this part of the office market. In this research a strategy has been developed that explains which characteristics a vacant office building must meet to be reused for the creative industry, which facilities it must offer and how tenants should be selected and managed. The possibilities have been researched by a detailed literature research, three in-depth case studies with successful redevelopments for the creative industry in Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Amsterdam and interviews with several experts in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReviewed papers of the 24th Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society (ERES 2017)
EditorsHilde Remoy
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
EventERES 2017: 24th Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society - TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Jun 20171 Jul 2017


ConferenceERES 2017: 24th Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society
Abbreviated titleERES17
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  • Vacancy
  • Office buildings
  • Sustainable
  • Creative industry
  • Strategy
  • Adaptive reuse

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