Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors B.V. invests in real estate on behalf of institutional investors, mainly pension funds. We started in 1952 by investing for bpfBOUW, the pension fund of the Dutch construction industry. Since then, Bouwinvest has grown into a specialist player with a thorough knowledge of real estate and the pension sectors.
With a global portfolio amounting to €10bn, Bouwinvest is one of the biggest institutional investors in the Netherlands. We operate internationally but remain true to our Dutch roots. Our approach is results-driven, down to earth, enterprising and trustworthy. We have long-term relationships with our clients and they appreciate our open approach and our reliability.
Large and small
Bouwinvest’s workforce totals just 150 professionals yet we have an annual transaction volume of €800m a year, and our investment portfolio in 2020 will hit €13.5bn. This means we are big enough to make a difference in the markets in which we operate but small enough to know our clients personally.
We have more than 70 years’ experience of investing in real estate. For decades, we have closely followed both Dutch and international pension and real estate trends. Our knowledge of markets (at a macro and micro level), our thorough research, and our extensive data analyses provide us with a clear view of the future. We know where the best investments are likely to be, and we know how to keep assets, neighbourhoods, cities and metropolitan regions attractive – enabling us to realise the long-term returns we have promised our clients.
We spread our investments over different countries, sectors and operators so we can offer our clients a stable, inflation-resistant pension. Rental income from our vast real estate portfolio is a key part of this, as is making sure our tenants are happy. In addition, we work to boost the value of our portfolio by buying and selling assets, boosting sustainability and renovating older buildings.
Social responsibility and the long-term view
Bouwinvest takes a long-term view of its investments and is, therefore, a socially responsible investor. We invest in liveable, inclusive and sustainable cities and regions – places where people want to live and work, both now and in the future. This enables us to realise long-term stable investments for our clients – pension funds and insurance companies – so that they can continue paying their clients their pensions. This long-term vision has made us what we are today – one of the Netherlands’ largest property investment managers.
Bouwinvest is a trustworthy partner with a long-term approach, which spreads risks, has good insight, thinks together with stakeholders and takes carefully-considered investment decisions. We invest in solid partnerships with a wide variety of organisations: from local government and interest groups to property developers and pension fund managers. We believe that everyone involved benefits from such an approach. And we are the only player in the Netherlands that can offer our clients an international option, a choice of investment opportunities, and a single fund structure. This means our teams do not compete with each other and that each asset belongs exclusively to a single fund.
‘Our focus is on quality in the long term’Dick van Hal Chief Executive Officer