A post-pandemic revaluation of the power of place
Real estate values are dynamic. A new development up the street or a smart placemaking strategy can “light up” a whole neighbourhood, Dean Hopkins said. So, how do we dig deeper into the drivers to create new value in the sectors hardest hit by Covid-19?
Everyone who has money invested in a pension or superannuation fund has a stake in the future of our CBDs and the office towers that scrape the sky. But after two years of lockdowns, transforming nine-to-five commercial hubs into central experience districts is a tough task.
Real estate isn’t easy to reinvent, and the complexity and scalability of the property ecosystem can make change a challenge.
EY’s research report, Reimagining our Economic Powerhouses, told us people want city centres that are destinations, not just a collection of office towers. They want spaces that are green and sustainable, and places that celebrate creativity and culture. But how do we respond to this research to enhance asset values?
A “coalition of the willing” is about to trial a range of evidence-based interventions in a tiny space EY has dubbed a ‘microdistrict.’ A site in Sydney’s CBD has been chosen for proximity to public transport, green space, small food and beverage businesses, large office landlords, and room for improvement. State and local governments, planners, asset owners, tenants and retailers are working together to create a brand that enhances value. A digital fabric will harness data, analysis and user insights to understand what works and what doesn’t, and EY will publish a microdistricts playbook to help others build the framework and governance structure, implement, measure and improve.