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Industries & Sectors

Public Sector

From a multidisciplinary team, we advise the public sector as a spatial policymaker, as a user of real estate and as owner of real estate.

The public sector plays a crucial role in how the Netherlands is spatially organized. Spatial policy is managed locally from provinces and in consultation with municipalities, the spatial playing field in the Netherlands is determined on which users, developers and owners can move. With good spatial ideas and plans, and soon the new Environmental Act, the public sector as a spatial policymaker contributes to social satisfaction, future-proofness, environmental value, efficiency, innovation and ultimate economic growth.

A good future-proof basis

If the basis for positioning the Netherlands as an attractive and competitive player in the increasingly strong international playing field is good, then users, developers and owners will move in the way that is most desirable. The Netherlands has a good starting position. Our traditional and digital foundations are of a very high level. Yet it is not always easy to optimize that basis. There is a battle for space in the Netherlands. Especially in the urban area, there is a need for the same part of the Netherlands from various functions. Inner-city transformation is taking place, while that part can only be completed once for the coming decades. This must therefore be done carefully. Making spatial policy is an important profession.

Spatial Policy is an important subject that requires the right tools

Good tools are important to be able to practice a profession as professionally as possible. As a strategic partner of spatial policy makers, we are happy to provide some of these tools. We create data-driven overview and insight into market dynamics. We have been monitoring the entire Dutch real estate market since 1984. We do this both bottom-up, by providing insight into how entrepreneurs move, and top-down by also translating macro trends into local spatial impact. This overview and insight - and our advisory reports - are tools that can be used by spatial policymakers to make well-founded spatial policy, to substantiate environmental visions, economic visions, economic strategies and to calculate needs estimates and market forecasts. In this way, the playing field is created on which users and owners of real estate can move optimally.

We can help provide insight into the optimal programming for inner-city area development or area transformation and test feasibility. We can advise on the correct proportions of segments, functions and volumes for mixed residential-work areas. We can indicate which users will have an increasing or decreasing space requirement. We can indicate at which specific places compaction can be carried out for which function. We can argue which part of the

real estate stock is surplus and where redevelopment challenges arise, such as in the revitalization of industrial estates and other work locations. We can think along in future-proof solutions, advise on climate adaptation, energy transition and circularity

It's about people, it's about work-life balance

The COVID-19 crisis has an enormous impact on society. It is still unclear how long the introduced contact measures will be in force in the Netherlands. It is clear that this event has a major impact on how people work, shop, live and play. Now and later. Developments that were already forthcoming have been accelerated. People will structurally go to the office less. Work-life balance is now really important. Offices will be used more emphatically for meeting, meeting and learning. This changes housing for organizations and its people.

We can help the public sector as a user with selecting and guiding them to the right housing, which is geared to the employees of the public sector, to the people who regularly use this space. Sustainability, mobility, workplace concepts and work-life balance can be taken into account. With our GIS analyzes we can find the ideal business location for your workforce.

Real estate performance: economically and ecologically socially responsible

We help the public sector as owner of real estate to optimize real estate performance, both economically and ecologically, so that your real estate portfolio is in line with policy goals, strategic goals and social responsibility. Real estate and area strategy, real estate investments, real estate (re) development and real estate management are central to this. We have in-house experts who can advise on the purchase or sale of real estate, lots or land. We can also carry out the valuations of the real estate or contribute ideas to the optimization of buildings or portfolios.


We work for, among others: the national government and its national services, police services, provinces, regional investment and development companies, municipalities, educational institutions for scientific and higher education, educational institutions secondary vocational education, secondary and primary education and cultural and religious institutions. The public sector is also formed by, among others: hospitals, care institutions and housing corporations. Cushman & Wakefield has specialized departments that focus specifically on the Healthcare and Housing Corporations sectors.


  • Overview and insight into market dynamics
  • Strategic advice
  • Purchase and sales advice
  • Purchase and rental advice
  • Valuations
  • Property management
  • Policy evaluations
  • Development strategy
  • Economic strategy
  • Location analyzes
  • Area development
  • Building development
  • Feasibility study
  • Scenario analyzes
  • Master plans
  • Market analysis and real estate monitoring
  • Portfolio analyzes
  • Benchmark quality of real estate stock
  • Transformation potential
  • Digitize real estate portfolio
  • Dashboards
  • Sustainability and energy transition advice
  • Advice on climate adaptation and circularity

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