NRBC Florence 23 May 2017 – ‘Sneak Peek Hard Hat Tour’ The Student Hotel Florence.

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Last Tuesday May 23rd, members of the NRBC were invited for the ‘Sneak Peek Hard Hat Tour’ through The Student Hotel, to be opened this autumn in Florence.

Later this year, infact, The Student Hotel will be unveiling a seriously cool project: a game-changing hotel and co-living hybrid, with 370 hotel rooms for business and leisure travelers, expats, global nomads and students, complete with an in-house gym, rooftop pool, co-working spaces, bar-restaurant, and much more.
With nine hotels built, eight under construction, and 41 to be open by 2021 The Student Hotel aims to be the world’s largest Complete Connected Community for co-living and co-working. Florence is the first opening of this amazing concept in Italy. More Italian cities will follow in the next future, such as Rome, Bologna and Torino.

Before the start of the Hard Hat Tour, an interesting presentation on the concept was given by Frank Uffen (Director of Partnerships, The Student Hotel) and Marc Sampietro (Regional Operations Director TSH Italy). Pre-tour drinks and bites were perfectly organized by NRBC member Miriam Welsing and her team of the company MIRacoli.

MIRacoli has for this occasion managed to use a private courtyard within walking distance of The Student Hotel, transformed into a colorful reception area, entirely in the colors of TSH.

After the delicious drinks and bites, guests in small groups were personally guided by the staff of TSH to and through the impressive complex under construction of the ‘Palazzo del Sonno’ in Viale Spartaco Lavagnini, including a roof top swimming pool with a breath-taking view on Florence and the surrounding hills.

The Student Hotel in Florence will open its first student rooms this autumn, while the official opening of the entire building is planned for spring 2018.

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Rome 22 May 2017 – how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy

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On May 22, 2017, the NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club, organized, in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rome, a very interesting and successful networking evening at the residence of his Excellency, Ambassador Joep Wijnands.

The topic of the evening was be how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy.

We are honored that we had the following important speakers among us:

– Frank Uffen, Director of Partnerships of The Student Hotel (TSH). TSH is currently the most active Dutch real estate developer in Italy. Mr. Uffen illustrated us shortly how concepts like TSH (hybrid hotel/student residence) can stimulate the economy in a city district. The Student Hotel is currently working on new locations in Bologna, Florence and Rome.

– Carlo De Vito, President of FS Sistemi Urbani (the real estate company of the Italian railways). Mr. De Vito showed us redevelopment proposals of the seven “railway areas” in downtown Milan from various international architecture firms, including Mecanoo, a well-known Dutch architecture firm based in Delft, the Netherlands.

 Alessandro Belli, Head of Tourism Real Estate of CDP Investimenti SGR S.p.A. Mr. Belli presented briefly the role of his fund management company (which is owned by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA, ACRI and ABI) as a potential partner for (i) the Italian public administrations (in order to boost tourism by investing in infrastructure), (ii) hotel management companies (to support growth through the separation of Opco’s/Propco’s and to favor new openings), and (iii) institutional investors (to jointly invest in tourism real estate).

– Paolo Desideri, partner of the architectural firm ABDR. Prof. Paolo Desideri shared three innovative projects realized by his firm in Italy, among which the new high-speed railway station of Rome Tiburtina. NRBC member Gijs Pyckevet, who works at ABDR, has actively participated in the design of this project.

– Adolfo F.L. Baratta, Associate Professor in Architecture Technology, Department of Architecture of the Roma Tre University. Prof. Baratta gave us a brief overview of the development of the Erasmus program in numbers of students moving within Europe in relation to student housing available in the various European cities and the Italian legal framework for the (co)financing of student residences.

Slides of the speakers’ presentations can be requested by sending an e-mail to:

The NRBC thanks Ambassador Wijnands and his wife Carmen for their hospitality and having contributed in a major manner to a very successful and wonderful evening at their residence in Rome.

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Rome 22 May – how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area & stimulate the local economy

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We are very pleased to announce that the next NRBC evening will take place on May 22th. 

The topic of the evening will be how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy.

We are honored to have the following important speakers among us:

– Felix Hillen, Managing Director of The Student Hotel (TSH)  and Frank Uffen, Director of Partnerships of TSH. TSH is currently the most active Dutch real estate developer in Italy. Messrs. Hillen and Uffen will illustrate us shortly the TSH concept.

– Carlo De Vito, President of FS Sistemi Urbani (the real estate branch of the Italian railways).

Alessandro Belli, Head of Tourism Real Estate of CDP Investimenti SGR S.p.A.

– Paolo Desideri, partner of the architectural firm ABDR.

Please note that this NRBC evening is a closed event which is only accessible for members and that available places are limited.
If you would like to participate, for more details please send an RSVP to:
We look forward to seeing you next week in Rome!


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BiciRoma – Orange cycling festival in Rome

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At the end of the annual BiciRoma cycling festival in Rome, from Friday May 5th to Sunday, May 7th, on Sunday the Orange Cycle Tour (La Pedalata Arancione) will start again at Piazza del Popolo, in collaboration with the Dutch embassy.

Participation is free, no registration is required.

For € 10 you get a kit with backpack, t-shirt, bandana, roadmap and pencil, and a refreshment on the go. Order online kits and see cycling routes here.

9:00 pm: gathering and cornetto party. Eventually pick up kit.
9.15 pm: Speeches by, among others, Ambassador Joep Wijnands
9.45: departure

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 09:00
Where: Piazza del Popolo, Rome


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