Proptech alliance launches Savills to the forefront of cutting edge insights

Proptech alliance launches Savills to the forefront of cutting edge insights
Proptech alliance launches Savills to the forefront of cutting edge insights

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With new technology solutions changing the landscape in which real estate operates, Savills Australia has revolutionised their property offerings by entering into a proptech alliance with Queensland-based SA1 Property. 

In a move to command greater market share in the industrial and occupier services sectors, SA1 Property has enabled Savills Industrial business to tap into geospatial tools and analytics in order to assist clients in making informed property decisions.

Savills Australia is the only property agency with access to the recently developed NodeMaster site selection, and the newly developed SA1 Pro information platform, entering into a national agreement which will extend over the next four years.

Savills Australia’s National Head of Industrial and Business Services, Michael Fenton, said the union with SA1 Property has enabled Savills to provide clients with unique insight when making location decisions. 

“By coupling location intelligence with a comprehensive understanding of the property market, this alliance has enabled us to provide our clients with the power to optimise their business position using data which could result in millions of dollars of savings for industrial occupier’s overtime and de-risk the investment thesis for investors and developers in transactions,” Mr Fenton said.

Senior property industry executives, Aaron Bates, a former director of the CBRE and JLL industrial businesses in Queensland, and locational intelligence director Stephen Clark, who has 15 years’ experience applying geospatial technologies to military, mining, infrastructure and property situations, founded the firm last year after they observed a need for better metrics in the proptech market.

“We wanted to develop a platform to help investors and developers identify greater investment value as well as assist occupiers in optimising their supply chain networks using locational intelligence.

“From working alongside Savills, we now have full coverage of the Eastern Seaboard core markets, with Adelaide and Perth to follow shortly,” Mr Bates said.

The NodeMaster technology has allowed Savills to work with occupiers to determine the most efficient property for their specific use across every major industrial market. The technology works to harness real time traffic modelling to simulate movements across every road network at any time of the day. 

Moreover, Savills can simulate their clients’ freight tasks across thousands of points in each city, to determine the most efficient location. They can model their inbound and outbound freight movements using B-double routes to determine the optimum centroid for clients while also measuring the impact each potential location may have on existing staff. 

Real time data can be shared with key decision makes in a digital story map format at any one time, reducing the time required to analyse operations, relate it to the total marketplace and filter large datasets to identify every possible suitable property.

Additionally, Savills is utilising the SA1 Pro platform for property data and analytics, which captures the height, roof area and site coverage of every industrial property across Australia along with live data on land and building availability. 

“We’ve centralised and added value to a massive amount of property and market data, and provided Savills operators with an ability to analyse localised markets with a level of speed and efficiency not previously possible,” Mr Clark said.

The National Industrial & Business Services Team have integrated the platform into their everyday business communications. A recent example of the software at work, has been on a recent land-rich investment transaction at Zillmere which was driven by land availability projections.

The off market transaction for 38 Pineapple Street was brokered by Savills Industrial & Business Services Director, Callum Stenson for $8.751 million on behalf of private investor.

According to Mr Stenson, the Sydney based purchaser was a first time investor into the Brisbane Industrial market. 

“The technology enabled us to demonstrate a tightening of available land in the immediate Northern Brisbane industrial region over the coming years, which highlighted value in the opportunity.

“The real time insights provided our client with the ability to look outside the normal search parameters and the confidence to make a better investment decision,” Mr Stenson said.

SA1 Property is currently investigating how their proptech solutions can be expanded  to provide further insights for additional markets and industry types to further assist Savills clientele in the near future. 

Savills is a leading global real estate service provider offering the full spectrum of services from strategic advice to managing assets and projects and transacting deals. Michael Fenton is National Head of Industrial and Business Services. To learn more about Savills, visit savills.com.au.

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