How have evolved industrial parks since we started in this business! I still remember the famous park dedicated to suppliers of the automotive industry as one of the best in their specialty. NAFTA was around the corner with United States and Canada, and the way we do business changed 360 degrees.
Almost 25 years later, the situation has changed significantly. We have theme parks for different types of industries that now have a presence in our country. Aaerospace industrial parks, logistics, heavy manufacturing, automotive, research, pharmaceutical, agricultural, experimentation, duty free import, transport, intermodal; just to mention some of them.
The players have evolved even more than the developers. Today we have a global consolidation of the brokerage industry, we found public and private investment, REITs, family office, investment banks, insurance companies, construction companies, commercial banks and even governments trying to exploit this industrial real estate boom.
But what’s next? How will be the Industrial Parks of the Future? How developers can advance to the next wave of investment in the industrial sector?
From the strategic side, we will continue with the theme of "location, location location". However, this alone is not enough. The parks of the future will be treatment plants and recycling programs effective and real. We will be talking about power generation in industrial parks, solar panels and turbines.
Mixed land uses where in each park has an area of services, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores. Close to the Park we will see areas of housing, technical schools, training, banking, logistics, customs and financial services companies.
Telecommunication systems today more than ever will take precedence, and will have to provide alternative suppliers of optical fiber, different from the traditional ones.
Thanks to the energy reform, we are seeing clusters of private electricity were consumers can buy from different suppliers of electricity. Nurseries, green areas, dining rooms, sports courts, business centres, are the amenities that the competitive market will begin to demand as essential.
Safety aspects for the entrances and exits of buildings, goods and industrial parks will be a vital point in the chain of production and supply, cameras, barriers, guards, identification, RF systems, wireless cards, everything to ensure greater security for people and products.
Also specialization in industrial development will begin to be a central point land banks, developers of industrial parks, developers of industrial buildings, investment funds, capital, fibers and investors heritage. The land will become more expensive by requiring more space and better located with proximity to the city. This will involve maximizing land use without underestimating the amenities you might have.
This will lead us like in other markets to have industrial buildings with other features and why not even think multistore industrial buildings as already exist in other latitudes.
Finally, it is worth rethinking the regeneration of industrial areas for other land uses or re-do the warehouses for recycling to new spaces that demands the needs today.
Today we realize that the complexity that we live in a "simple shoebox" to a highly productive area, with technological advances and an impact on the footprint of the city, require more and better specialists where sales executives, brokers, developers and owners must improve.
Arq. Sergio Arturo Reséndez Trujillo
Northern Mexico Managing Director
Colliers International Monterrey