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Navana Property Group Appointed to Ghelamco’s First Major UK Project

Navana Property Group has been appointed to deliver design consultancy, residential management and commercial management services for international real estate developer Ghelamco’s new mixed-use scheme, and first major UK project, called The Arc on City Road, Shoreditch, London.

The Arc is a 22-storey tower in the heart of East London, minutes away from the city’s leading tech and cultural hotspots. Navana is currently working with Ghelamco on a consultancy basis to optimise the development’s design for operational efficiency while providing a sector-leading experience for building residents and occupiers.

Once the building is completed, Navana will provide estate management services across The Arc’s 100 apartments and 160,000 sq ft of office and retail space.  The initial contract will be for a three-year term.

As part of its management contract, Navana will deploy its ANA:Tech occupier and community app and portal to keep everyone that lives, works and spends time at The Arc up to date with the development’s latest news and events. The app will enable residents and occupiers to book the building’s varied lifestyle amenities and will also provide details about services and offers in the wider Old Street ‘Tech City’ area, including exclusive local discounts. Residents can also create and join hobby and community forums to connect with neighbours and make friends via the app, such as setting up an Arc running, cinema or book club.

In addition, the ANA:Tech app will enable feedback and engagement with building users, generating valuable insights that Navana and Ghelamco will use to inform and optimise how The Arc is managed.

Marie-Julie Gheysens, Head of UK, international business development at Ghelamco, said: “The Arc is our first UK project and is at the forefront of modern living and working, delivering a vibrant, flexible space in the city that responds to how people now want to live, work, shop and relax. We required a progressive, forward-thinking partner that shared our ambition for this scheme and it’s great to have Navana on board. We’re confident that the team’s insight, technical skill and innovation will help bring our vision for The Arc to life and provide an invaluable and seamless service to all those that live and work in the building.”

Kelly Bream, COO of Navana Property Group, said: “Ghelamco’s decision to appoint Navana on its flagship UK scheme is a testament to what we do and the way we do it, showing appetite in the market from best-in-class developers for a more holistic approach to property and place management.  We know modern estates management means understanding what residents and occupiers want from a place, and how to stay on top of changing trends. We’re looking forward to getting started.”

Navana was founded to deliver a more modern, technology-led and responsive property and asset management service for customers and clients. Alongside these capabilities, the group also provides a range of investment, development and placemaking services.