RFP Magazine http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/component/content/?view=featured Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:52:37 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Construction begins on retail transit hub in Korea http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/hospitality/1743-construction-begins-on-retail-transit-hub-in-korea http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/hospitality/1743-construction-begins-on-retail-transit-hub-in-korea

Known as one of the premier world-class brands in South Korea, Shinsegae has begun construction on the nearly 145,000 square-meter Kimhae Center located in South Gyeongsang Province. Designed by Los Angeles-based architecture and urban design firm, The Jerde Partnership, the new center integrates outdoor culture and community spaces with five levels of retail and entertainment, along with major transportation facilities. As one of the largest multi-use retail centers in the province, Kimhae Center combines three major project components: an on-site bus terminal, which is directly connected to a Shinsegae shopping center that includes new-to-market tenants and intimate seven-screen cinema; and an adjacent E-Mart discount anchor. kimhae community parkThe bus terminal has completed construction, and pilings for the commercial center recently started. The center’s signature community spaces incorporate a large outdoor public park and entry plaza at street level, terracing café decks along the upper levels, and a rooftop Sky Park garden.

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taroona.com@gmail.com (Super User) Featured Office Space Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:25:29 +0000
HK Office Space unique or not? http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/workplace/1687-hk-office-space-unique-or-not http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/workplace/1687-hk-office-space-unique-or-not

Office Space in Hong Kong  is still, like many other aspects of Hong Kong life strongly influenced by the shortage of land for property development. It is also inexorably connected to the health of the financial markets.  When banks are doing well so does the grade A office space and companies supplying to that market, when there are questions hanging over that market, as there are at present, the office space industry is similarly cautious.

These topics and related issues were the subject of the 7th Asia Office Space Congress Hong Kong. which was opened by the ever insightful Peter Churchouse, Author – Asia Hard Assets Report, Portwood Capital.

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taroona.com@gmail.com (Super User) Featured Workplace Office Space Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:35:34 +0000
Winners announced for the Outstanding Office Space Awards 2013 http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/workplace/1603-winners-announced-for-the-outstanding-office-space-awards-2013 http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/workplace/1603-winners-announced-for-the-outstanding-office-space-awards-2013

RFP Magazine is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Outstanding Office Space Awards winners as determined at the Asia Office Space Congress. The awards were split into four categories and attracted thousands of votes from people around the world with the critical mass coming from Asia where the projects had been completed.Cushman and Wakefeild's project representative accepts their award

 

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taroona.com@gmail.com (Super User) Featured Workplace Office Space Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:58:50 +0000
RFP Magazine Launches Awards for the most outstanding office space in Asia http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/workplace/1504-rfp-magazine-launches-awards-for-the-most-outstanding-office-space-in-asia http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/workplace/1504-rfp-magazine-launches-awards-for-the-most-outstanding-office-space-in-asia

Nominate the space you think deserves an award for being simply a great space to work in at the RFP Outstanding Office Space Awards 2013!

RFP is currently on the look out for inspiring, beautiful, functional, sustainable and efficient office spaces as part of its newly launched RFP Outstanding Office Space Awards Asia, where designers, owners and managers of great office projects – amongst others – can be recognised for their work in creating outstanding office spaces.

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ak@facilitymedia.com (Ali Kan) Featured Workplace Office Space Fri, 02 Aug 2013 03:41:51 +0000
Construction Safety Programs Are Yielding Business Benefits for Firms http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/health-safety/1456-construction-safety-programs-are-yielding-business-benefits-for-firms http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/health-safety/1456-construction-safety-programs-are-yielding-business-benefits-for-firms

Contractors are reporting business benefits from instituting strong safety programs, according to a new report by McGraw Hill Construction on safety management in the construction industry, available at http://analyticsstore.construction.com/market-trends/smartmarket-reports/safety-management-in-the-construction-industry-smartmarket-report-2013.html?sourcekey=SMRPRES.

In particular, construction companies report the following benefits due to the implementation of safety management practices:

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ak@facilitymedia.com (Ali Kan) Featured Health & Safety Office Space Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:50:01 +0000
A Brighter Outlook for HK's Central in 2014 http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/real-estate/1677-a-brighter-outlook-for-hk-s-central-in-2014 http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/real-estate/1677-a-brighter-outlook-for-hk-s-central-in-2014

The very nature of finance and banking, where companies implement hiring and firing policies in rapid response to prevailing market conditions, is a contributory factor to volatility in office markets. This is accentuated in Hong Kong by irregular supply patterns. As such, year-on-year rental growth oscillates within a +/- 10% band approximately 20% of the time in Hong Kong, compared to approximately 40% of the time in both London and New York.

Given the nature of the Central office market, where banking and financial institutions account for 55% of Grade A office space, one can expect a greater level of rental volatility.

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taroona.com@gmail.com (Super User) Featured Real Estate Office Space Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:57:05 +0000
The New Office Model Takes Hold in Singapore, What About Hong Kong? http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/real-estate/1491-the-new-office-model-takes-hold-in-singapore-what-about-hong-kong http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/real-estate/1491-the-new-office-model-takes-hold-in-singapore-what-about-hong-kong

The opening presentation at the Asia Office Space Congress in Singapore this year I spent about 10 minutes observing the reality of the changes in the way we work. Briefly, the result is a government enabled, industry supported acceptance of alternative workplaces.  Putting together the same presentation in Hong Kong, the picture is not so clear.

A new way of looking at office space has emerged, we discovered, not when listening to the speakers at the last Asia Office Space Congress in Singapore, but when putting together the programme. Traditionally the Congress (now in its 8th year) was structured to mirror the way the industry and corporate real estate teams are structured. That is by viewing the real estate transaction or ‘deal’ as both the starting point and the aspect of primary importance in the business space decision making process.

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taroona.com@gmail.com (Super User) Featured Real Estate Office Space Tue, 23 Jul 2013 06:50:22 +0000
C&W release 2013 first hald trends http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/real-estate/1482-c-w-release-2013-first-hald-trends http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/office-space/office-space-news/real-estate/1482-c-w-release-2013-first-hald-trends

c&W first half trendsCushman & Wakefield released the first half of 2013 trends for the Hong Kong office and retail leasing markets and the outlook for the second half of the year.

 

Improved leasing demand in Greater Central allows availability to drop; rental decline easing

Core markets Greater Central and Wan Chai/Causeway Bay saw revived leasing activity in the second quarter and several banking and financial firms executed expansion plans. This, along with firm demand for Grade A space between 4,000 to 7,000 square feet, enabled the Greater Central office availability rate to register its first decline since the fourth quarter of 2011. Greater Central rents eased by another 1.5% during the first half and are likely to drop by an additional 3.5% in the second half of the year.

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taroona.com@gmail.com (Super User) Featured Real Estate Office Space Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:44:18 +0000
Hong Kong Green Building Council Launches Hong Kong Green Shop Guide http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/ecobuild/ecobuild-news/1745-hong-kong-green-building-council-launches-hong-kong-green-shop-guide http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/ecobuild/ecobuild-news/1745-hong-kong-green-building-council-launches-hong-kong-green-shop-guide

the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) today held a press launch cum exhibition to announce the launch of the Hong Kong Green Shop Guide (the Guide), a new set of guidelines to inform retail stakeholders, including developers, facility managers, mall and shop owners and tenants, as well as consumers, of industry standards on sustainable planning and building. The Guide aims at encouraging the sector to pursue green building measures and eco-friendly purchasing habits among the general public.

Municipal solid waste management is one of the latest environmental issues to hit the headlines. Some shopping malls and shops have accelerated efforts to reduce waste, while implementing energy and environmental improvement measures such as recycling and reuse as well as introducing green technology to treat waste, including food waste. Shopping is an integral part of Hong Kong life. If the retail industry demonstrates its commitment to waste reduction and saving energy, it will significantly ease the burden on landfills and result in a considerable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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taroona.com@gmail.com (Super User) Featured EcoBuild Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:06:54 +0000
Asia's Booming Cities Must Go Green or Risk Disaster http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/ecobuild/ecobuild-news/project-managemet/602-asias-booming-cities-must-go-green-or-risk-disaster http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/ecobuild/ecobuild-news/project-managemet/602-asias-booming-cities-must-go-green-or-risk-disaster

Asia must act now to pave the way for green, resource-friendly cities or face a bleak and environmentally degraded future, said Asian Development Bank (ADB) report in August 2012. One method for doing so, which will be discussed at TOD Asia (TODAsia.com) to be held on September 10, 2013 in Shenzhen China, is to adopt a method of designing city developments around urban transportation hubs.

“Asia has seen unprecedented urban population growth but this has been accompanied by immense stress on the environment,” said Changyong Rhee, ADB’s Chief Economist. “The challenge now is to put in place policies which will reverse that trend and facilitate the development of green technology and green urbanization.”
In a special chapter of its flagship annual statistical publication, Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012, ADB examines the challenges and opportunities associated with the region’s breakneck urban boom. It also details measures needed to turn cities into environmentally sustainable, inclusive growth centres.

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taroona.com@gmail.com (Super User) Featured Project Management EcoBuild Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:46:08 +0000
Sustainable Building 2013 Hong Kong Regional Conference http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/ecobuild/ecobuild-news/164-sustainability/1507-sustainable-building-2013-hong-kong-regional-conference http://www.rfpmagazine.com/index.php/ecobuild/ecobuild-news/164-sustainability/1507-sustainable-building-2013-hong-kong-regional-conference

Date: 12/9/2013 – 13/9/2013
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East Hotel, Hong Kong

Sustainable Building 2013 Hong Kong Regional Conference (SB13 HK) will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East Hotel on 12-13 September 2013 with the theme of “Urban Density & Sustainability”.

SB13 HK aims to gather experts in the arena of sustainable built development to foster exchange of latest technology and knowledge from a holistic approach. It is to provide insights in balancing between urban growth and sustainable development. Various aspects are to be discussed including the impact of urban density on individual’s livability and the city’s economic growth; various town planning and social aspects including urban revitalisation, mega city and integrated design; government policies and visions; as well as latest innovations and labelling standards. Actual case studies on international and regional levels will also be covered.

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ak@facilitymedia.com (Ali Kan) Featured Sustainability EcoBuild Mon, 05 Aug 2013 03:16:20 +0000