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OVG Real Estate
OVG Real Estate is active in the field of real estate development and investments in The Netherlands, Germany and beyond. Our organisation works with a team of enterprising professionals, who have a strong vision on our own field and the world around us. From this angle we extend our boundaries and keep innovating continuously. Real estate development involves much more than creating buildings, it is the design of our environment, our town and the context we live in nowadays. Learn about the OVG Real Estate vision.
OVG Real Estate?
OVG Real Estate was established in 1997 and was founded by Coen van Oostrom, who is also the CEO of OVG Real Estate. As a novice in the World of real estate he saw possibilities that others failed to notice. As such he managed to create opportunities and to establish special projects. The energy and ambition of that time are still typical for OVG Real Estate. Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of our organisation. Not only do we see opportunities, we also create them. Our staff won’t settle for a set framework, on the contrary, they question this. As a result, a unique method emerged, which is the guideline for all three business units of OVG Real Estate.
OVG Real Estate The Netherlands
OVG Real Estate is internationally active, but has its roots in The Netherlands. This branch is therefore the historical kernel. Activities consist of development and re-development projects with a focus on offices, inner-city and multifunctional buildings and areas. Within the real estate market OVG Real Estate distinguishes by giving end-users a central role and also its ongoing search for ‘smarter’ and more sustainable solutions to realise the workplace of the future.
Practical example: The Edge, Amsterdam.
The German branch of OVG. Through our wide clientele and being supported by our financers, we take further steps into Europe, where Germany serves as our second domestic market. The growing portfolio proves that OVG’s unique working method is also reflected internationally.
Practical example: HumboldtHafenEins, Berlijn.
OVG Investments invests in existing, strategically located office buildings, thus having a lot of potential. We do this at our own risk as well as in cooperation with our investment partners. Focusing on re-development and sustainability of mostly vacant office buildings, well-timed investments create value for OVG Real Estate and its external partners.
Practical example:Busitel II , Amsterdam
What does OVG
Real Estate believe in?
Never before did so many people live in urban areas. At present it is more than half the world’s population, but it will increase. This new reality is a world wherein more and more people live, work, recreate and travel within a small area.
How does one keep our habitat healthy? How does one most efficiently use natural sources? And how does one cleverly implement the use of new technologies in this respect?
OVG Real Estate seeks answers to these questions on a daily basis, because we believe that buildings are more than merely a combination of materials. They concern environments where we meet, work together with colleagues, where we are inspired to bring out the best in ourselves as well as others. Therefore, OVG Real Estate demands the highest standards from these places.
We explore new ways with our projects time after time, using unprecedented building methods, technologies and innovations
In order to get the best results, we became active members of the international knowledge networks, such as the World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, Corenet Global and Duurzaamgebouwd (Sustainability). We closely collaborate with partners who are worldwide leaders within their expertise. This enables us to signal relevant trends at an early stage and to apply them within our field.
We explore new ways with our projects time after time, using unprecedented building methods, technologies and innovations. Many industry awards and sustainability certificates with our name prove how successful we are, in doing so.
Nevertheless, we keep forcing ourselves to do better, to learn from the acquired knowledge and to progress continuously. We are convinced that there is always a better way: greener, smarter, healthier. This belief is put into practice through three pillars, which are the foundation of our method: Sustainability, Technology and Living & Working.
This is the way OVG Real Estate works daily on tomorrow’s living environment.
The pillars of OVG Real Estate
OVG Real Estate develops remarkable projects and establishes exceptional buildings. Our projects have been rewarded with various awards and sustainability certificates on more than 25 occasions. Below please find a summary of the most recent prizes.
IBcon Digie Award
The Edge was rewarded, in the United States, in 2015, with the IBcon Digie Award in the category of Most Intelligent Building Projects. The jury praised the smart use of technology, automation and innovation.
Corenet Global granted OVG Real Estate the Sustainable Leadership Award (2015) for The Edge. In 2012 OVG also received this award, at the time for the development of the innovative TNT Centre.
OVG Real Estate was proclaimed ‘Most sustainable real-estate investor of the year’ by JLL, a financial service provider in the real-estate sector. Notably because of the sustainable maintenance of the DOF (Dutch Office Fund) portfolio, acquired in 2013, OVG received the 'Groene Baksteen JLL' award in 2014.
Best Tall Building
De Rotterdam, designed by Rem Koolhaas, was proclaimed Best Tall Building of Europe in 2014, by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Social Involvement Award
OVG Real Estate was rewarded the ABN Amro Social Involvement Award because of its cooperation with the Hartstichting (Heart Foundation) whereby all existing OVG buildings and new buildings to be developed, were equipped with an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). The Heart Foundation provides all education, information and instructions.
Alexanderpoort has been the property of OVG Real Estate since 2013 and has been transformed to a workplace with a healthy indoor climate. The result: a reward from VSR, for the healthiest workplace of 2014.
OVG Real Estate takes the social significance of its activities very seriously. That is reflected, for instance, in the sustainable way in which we develop our projects. In addition, we share our knowledge with a large number of national and international knowledge networks, we sponsor cultural institutions and we organise the annual OVG Veerhavenconcert, thanking Rotterdam, the city where we were founded, for its hospitality.
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
The CGI was set-up by Bill Clinton, the former president of the United States. The purpose of the Clinton Global Initiative is to inspire leaders to deal with the world’s greatest problems. Coen van Oostrom, CEO with OVG Real Estate, promised to invest one billion Euro in the development of sustainable buildings during the 2007 meetings as well as the 2011 meetings. Meanwhile both promises have been largely fulfilled.
World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Here, politicians, scientists and journalists engage in a debate about social and economical problems. OVG Real Estate is yearly represented by CEO Coen van Oostrom, focusing on matters concerning urban development and sustainable circular initiatives within the construction environment.
OVG Veerhaven Concert
Once a year the Veerhaven in Rotterdam is transformed into an open air stage for the annual OVG Veerhaven Concert. Everyone can enjoy this free classical concert – either from their own boat or from the quay. With this concert, OVG Real Estate does not only thank its home base Rotterdam for its hospitality, but it also offers a platform to young and talented musicians.
OVG Real Estate is a member of the following organisations and knowledge networks: C40, Carbon War Room, Founding Partner of the Circle Economy, Clean Drinks, Clinton Global Initiative, CoreNet Global, Founding Partner of De Groene Zaak, De Grote Onderneming, Founding Partner Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), FRESH, Het Groene Brein, Stichting Bouwnetwerk and Stichting Hoogbouw.
OVG Real Estate sponsors the Sophia Children Hospital, Dance4Life, Concert building Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the OVG Veerhaven Concert.
How does OVG
Real Estate work?
Every project requires its own development approach. After all every client is different, and similarly is every environment of a project development. Still the OVG Real Estate working method is always in the same manner in a number of areas:
1. Healthy environment and sustainability
In order to guarantee a healthy environment and a sustainable building in which the latest technology is processed, the three OVG Real Estate pillars form the principle: Sustainability, Technology and Living & Working. A minimal sustainable BREEAM Gold label serves as the basis for every development.
2. The focus is on the customer
The customer’s wishes are the starting point of any project. Together we investigate the possibilities and find out when boundaries are reached – to subsequently extending them step by step. This enables us to ultimately exceed expectations.
3. We make it happen
A project by OVG Real Estate will be completed in time within the agreed budget and according to the specified quality standards. This guarantee we can provide, based on years of experience.
OVG Real Estate gives high priority to transparency. Therefore OVG Real Estate annually reports its financial results through an annual report. Moreover, we share our vision for the upcoming year.
In 2015 we expect to further invest in existing real estate and to expand the number of projects in the German market. We realize healthy, smart and efficient office buildings that contribute to smart cities. In 2015 we expect to achieve similar results as in 2014; a healthy turnover and net profit.
We would never have been able to achieve this, without the effort and energy of our relations. We would like to thank everybody for their cooperation and their trust in us.
These are the five key points from the most recent annual report of 2014:
OVG Real Estate has a healthy cash position with the highest turnover
and net profit of the past 5 years;
- In 2014 OVG Real Estate was rewarded nineteen sustainability awards, ten of which had four stars or more;
- In 2014 OVG Real Estate delivered the world’s most sustainable building, in accordance with the BREEAM certification: The Edge in Amsterdam;
- OVG Real Estate was proclaimed 'Most Sustainable Real Estate Investor of the Year' by Jones Lang LaSalle (Financial provider, specialized in real estate) and as a result received the award 'De Groene Baksteen' for this.
- Alexanderpoort, property of OVG Real Estate, was voted The Healthiest Workplace in The Netherlands 2014.
Do you want to know more about the financial results of 2014? Download the annual reports for the last year here. Would you rather have a paper copy? Please enquire: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the annual report 2014 with the most important information about our financial performance.
The Capital Markets team closely cooperates with OVG Investments in The Netherlands as well as Germany, to structure investment propositions for OVG and its partners. Thanks to an extensive network, experience and a good track record, the Capital Markets team has access to the international capital market on both the investment side and the finance side. Combined with an opportunistic mind-set, that matches the OVG enterprise, this led to the foundation of joint ventures and new financial structures. With these partners OVG Investments is able to perfectly time purchases and sales and create value for OVG Real Estate and its external partners.
At this moment OVG Investments has assets under management of more than 250 million Euro. These assets are managed partly for OVG Real Estate and partly for joint ventures that were founded involving Goldman Sachs and a family from the United Kingdom.
OVG Real Estate
At OVG Real Estate, we have a clear vision of what the world should look like. We are convinced that it can always be greener, smarter and healthier. Working with a team of ambitious and enterprising professionals, every day we raise the bar yet a little higher again in relation to our expertise, the partners we work with but most importantly, ourselves.
To find out more about working at OVG Real Estate, visit our jobs page.