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THE GREAT ANTWERP OFFICE MARKET REPORT - PART 1

Key facts & insights on Antwerp for bright investors

ANTWERP: AN ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE

With 520,000 inhabitants, Antwerp is the second largest city in Belgium and an economic driving force for the whole country. Located at the heart of one of Europe’s densest urban areas, it forms a Golden Triangle with Brussels and Ghent, a key business epicentre for the thriving economy of the region.

The Antwerp industry profile

  • A central hub of economic and industrial activity
  • Diamond capital of the world
  • Europe’s largest petrochemical cluster
  • Home to the world’s fourth largest port – second largest in Europe
  • Trendsetting fashion capital, home to flagship stores and branches of all key retailers

TRAFFIC CONGESTION VS. VISIONARY DEVELOPMENTS

Belgian citizens tend to avoid the Antwerp ringway unless absolutely necessary. Traffic congestion is infamous during peak hours. Fortunately, there are many alternatives for commuters to get to work. Antwerp is a central railway hub, connecting the city to the rest of the country and the whole of Europe.

Countless national and international railway lines stop in Antwerp, and with Thalys and Eurostar trains the neighbouring countries are only one train ride away. If trains aren’t your preferred way of travelling, there’s always the Antwerp international airport on the outskirts of the city, to get you to a wide range of European destinations. Brussels Airport also is only a 45-minute drive away.

Public transport is well-established in the region, with a tram and bus network that covers the entire province. Once in the city, commuters can rely on bike-sharing systems and mobility apps to get around. Taxis are also widely available.

Antwerp mobility scan

  • Decent road network
  • Heavy traffic congestion during peak hours
  • Well-established railway infrastructure
  • International airport near the centre
  • Good waterway network near the North Sea and inland
  • Visionary infrastructural works in the pipeline – Oosterweel connection & Ringland

ANTWERP, A TRUMP CARD IN ITS OWN RIGHT

Antwerp has more to offer than just its location and bustling economy. It’s a highly sought-after location for national and multinational corporations due not only to its great accessibility, but also to the high quality of life is has to offer. Antwerp is a unique town with a wonderful history – a great place to set up a base for any company looking to combine economic strategy and growth with a comfortable way of living and working.

Antwerp is also home to a wide range of office building investment opportunities. Whether you’re looking to create a base of operations for your company or enrich your real estate portfolio with promising properties at the heart of Belgium’s economy, the Antwerp real estate market offers the right office building for any type of investment profile.

The Antwerp city profile

  • Capital of the Antwerp province
  • Second largest city in Belgium
  • Mesmerizing city centre with great attractions for tourists and expats
  • Rich history in industry, trade, art, fashion and science
  • A lively cultural scene and countless culinary hotspots
  • An innovative and renowned hospitality industry

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