Got a Vacant Property?

How Does it Benefit The Property?

Got a property that is temporarily vacant?  Be a space changer. Bring life to your property and demonstrate its potential to prospective tenants. Properties are much more likely to be leased if they and the area around them are active.

Urban Dream Brokerage (UDB) is one of many agencies around the world, who have successfully proven the power for urban revitalisation of brokering the temporary use of vacant property. We find the right project for your property and ensures insurance, licensing and care for property are handled professionaliy and smoothly with minimum interruption to you. Details on how it works can be found here.

Pioneer City was a Letting Space installation by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, supported by Ananda Investments in Taranaki Street, 2011. The property was leased shortly after the project finished.

Pioneer City was a Letting Space installation by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, supported by Ananda Investments in Taranaki Street, 2011. The property was leased shortly after the project finished.

UDB is managed by Sophie Jerram and Mark Amery, who over three years with public art programme Letting Space have worked with property owners to develop creative ideas for vacant space and realise them. Partners have included The Wellington Company, Prime Property, Willis Bond, Ananda Investments Ltd, CBRE, Building Solutions, the Sustainability Trust, and Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust. 

Urban Dream Brokerage has been supported by the Wellington City Council with the assistance of the Wellington Branch of the Property Council of New Zealand.

Slide from presentation by Kim Paton at Urban Dream Brokerage forum, City Gallery, 2010.

Slide from presentation by Kim Paton at Urban Dream Brokerage forum, City Gallery, 2010.

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Chris Gollins (Colliers International), Liz Mellish (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) and David McGuinness (Willis Bond) at The Urban Dream Brokerage pitching sessions 2011, Wellington Town Hall

Chris Gollins (Colliers International), Liz Mellish (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) and David McGuinness (Willis Bond) at The Urban Dream Brokerage pitching sessions 2011, Wellington Town Hall

The commercial potential of the building is proven: The commercial value of a building is at risk if left empty. If a building is being used it can prove its potential and becomes  attractive for future investment. The property remains for lease, but with an activity demonstrating its use. More attention is drawn to your property. The energy invested attracts more people to the area and, over time, raises the value of your property and the area' s reputation.

Your building is taken care of: Illegal intrusions, vandalism and graffiti entail costs for owners. When buildings are temporarily used, they are cleaned and taken care of and activities and events prevent them from looking abandoned.
 
The building finds a natural purpose: There are many examples of industrial and commercial buildings finding new uses based on the community’s artistic and creative needs. The building creates life in the area through daily activities and events and thus becomes a cohesive part of the local area. The building is transformed from an empty shell to a space with a purpose.

Businesses and careers are developed: You directly support the growth of new creative businesses in Wellington.  Responsibility for property develops business skills. The city needs areas to be of mixed use to ensure its future health.

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Short doco on Moodbank - Brokerage project #14

A short documentary from Victoria University on Moodbank, Urban Dream Brokerage Project #14 

Making a Dance of it in Vacant Space

A report on an installation in Newtown by Java Dance Company in 2013 in a vacant commercial space as part of the Urban Dream Brokerage

City Council extends City Revitalisation Project

Funding has been granted by the Wellington City Council for a further six months for the trial of Urban Dream Brokerage, enabling more public art  and creative industry solutions in Wellington.

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