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Real Assets: Perspectives video series

The changes that have been surfacing in the real estate and infrastructure sectors for decades can no longer be ignored.

The COVID-19 pandemic; significant demand shifts; government responses; the environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) agenda; the push towards net zero; and the acceleration of blurring of previously distinct asset classes, are all driving significant change and a need to think differently.

Our experts share their deeper insights on these issues, drawing on the results of our Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2021 survey. They offer their perspectives on how we can respond to the new challenges and opportunities presented by these significant shifts affecting the built environment.

Because real returns are more than just financial. And real impact is about creating a legacy and delivering enduring benefits to the built environment, our economy and society.

The future of cities

What form will recovery take for our cities as we move from crisis to opportunity?

Berlin, London and Paris were ranked as the three cities with the best prospects in our Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2021 survey. Respondents agree that it is unlikely that our cities will experience an overall decline; they’ve bounced back before. Of more interest is what form the recovery will take as we move from crisis to opportunity.

Dan Dowling looks at what cities must do to have the hottest prospects for the future.

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Dan Dowling on the future of cities

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Impact investing in real assets

Impact investing is an ever-increasing area of focus for the world of real assets, and its influence is growing.

Four-fifths of respondents to our Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2021 report believe that demand will increase over the next three to five years. But what does ‘impact investing’ mean?

Watch Paul Bosworth talk about how impact investing can be harnessed to deliver real impact for the built environment, our economy and society.

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Paul Bosworth on impact investing in real assets

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Net Zero for real assets

Governments are increasingly focusing on green matters - and building back better post-pandemic - which of course has a large impact on the built environment.

Nearly 8 in 10 of the respondents to this year’s European survey on Emerging Trends in Real Estate® think environmental issues will increase in importance in their portfolio over the next year and 65% are concerned about net zero’s impact.

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Asset obsolescence and repurposing

The shifting trading environment is leading to asset obsolescence, resulting in real asset owners seeking repurposing opportunities.

Three quarters of respondents in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe® 2021 report believe the trend to repurpose will increase over the next five years. However, as ever, to deliver on repurposing opportunities, buyers must have clear strategies and a long-term outlook.

Rachel Wallace outlines the assets most likely to change, including new alternative asset classes such as electric vehicle charging.

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Rachel Wallace outlines the assets most likely to change

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Where growth, workforce and real assets meet

The built environment was created and evolved to support how we live our lives. Though not all the changes in behaviours and expectations arising from COVID-19 will stick, many will.

For instance, 91% of respondents to PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe® 2021 survey said there will be a lasting increase in the amount of time people will work remotely.

Beth Evans explores how the foundations of the workplace and the traditional office we knew pre-pandemic will shift dramatically.

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Beth Evans explores growth, workforce and real assets

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Daniel Dowling

Director, Cities & Urbanisation in Advisory, PwC United Kingdom

+44 (0)7715 487335

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Paul Bosworth

Manager, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC United Kingdom

+44 (0)7483 440164

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Rachel Wallace

Restructuring and Real Estate Senior Manager, PwC United Kingdom

+44 (0)7808 797531

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Beth Evans

Director, Real Estate Advisory, PwC United Kingdom

+44 (0)7868 847665

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