Chipshol is the leading privately-owned land development and investment company in the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol region. The company develops high quality business parks on land, which it owns in this main growth area of The Netherlands.
Chipshol sets high standards in terms of access, public transport and environmental factors. In every development, Chipshol pays close attention to:
- landscaping, planting and water features;
- convenience and atmosphere.
In this respect, the development of business park Chipshol Park-Rijk is an exemplar of the Chipshol philosophy.
Strong financial position
Chipshol's objective is to realise high capital growth through the development of large scale, high quality business parks in the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol region.
The company's results are determined mainly by:
- land profits, as a result of rezoning;
- development profits, as a result of the realization of building projects;
- investment earnings, as a result of rental increases for buildings in the company's own portfolio.
The company's financial policy is to finance land acquisitions and infrastructural works with equity. It will not enter into financial commitments for the construction phase of buildings unless tenancy agreements have been signed in advance or partnership agreements have been concluded for this purpose with one or more investors.
Chipshol's policies are distinct from those of other real estate development and investment companies, because:
- the company's activities are concentrated purely around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol;
- the company has obtained extensive strategic landholdings and is the number 1 private landowner in de airport region;
- the company develops large-scale, high-quality business parks;
- the company retains ownership of 25-50% of the buildings completed.
Chipshol's policy is to collaborate with government, relevant public and private organizations, the airport and local residents to enhance the attraction of the area through:
- excellent access and public transport facilities;
- attractive landscaping with generous planting schemes and water features;
- sufficient and safe parking facilities under the buildings;
- flexible, multifunctional buildings with attractive and distinctive architecture;
- social amenities, including hotels, restaurants, shops and recreational facilities;
- active park management.
- Chipshol was founded by Dutchman Jan Poot. Mr. Poot was born in 1924. He read sociology, economics and history at the Municipal University of Amsterdam. He began his career as an official of the South Holland Provincial Planning Department.
- As head of the Housing Office, he brought about collaboration between municipalities through the introduction of building districts, which virtually doubled housing production in South Holland in the space of two years.
- In 1960, he formed Eurowoningen, a company that within 11 years constructed some 23,000 homes, two thirds of them in the rented sector, as well as four shopping centres. Apart from new types of housing, the company also created 'residential parks' such as Doorwerth and Leusden, with many recreational facilities.
- In 1974, Mr Poot formed the international Eurohome Group, with five national companies operating in the commercial property and housing sectors, including first and second homes. In France, he founded the Valmorel ski resort, designated as a model resort by the French government. For this development, he achieved the collaboration of 12 French local authorities as well as one French and six Dutch institutional investors, in a single district. In the Netherlands, Eurohome's developments included apartment buildings in Scheveningen with indoor swimming pools.
- Mr. Poot founded the Chipshol Group in 1986 as a result of the Haarlemmermeer/Bollenstreek project, which he launched in 1979/80 as a concept for 'recreational living and working in a distinctive environment'.
Peter Poot was born in the Dutch city of The Hague in 1954 and educated in Holland before entering one of Switzerland’s leading business schools: The University of St. Gallen for Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences.
In 1988, he joined the Chipshol Group, a company that his father Jan Poot had founded two years earlier. Realizing that the land around Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport was underutilized, the elder Mr. Poot had set about negotiating with farmers to acquire their land. “His vision was that the city of the future would start around airports, just as in the past cities had started around harbors or railway stations,” says Peter Poot, who began his Chipshol career as Secretary of its board, becoming Chief Financial Officer four years later. In 1995, he ascended to his current position of Chief Executive Officer.
While his father “was the man with the original vision,” Peter Poot explains, “we have always acted as a team.” After studying many major airports, particularly in America, the two “saw potential that would help Schiphol airport become the number one airport in the world. We wanted to create the most attractive living and working environment on the continent of Europe.” The Poots set out to create an environment that would both attract the best foreign corporations and facilitate the way in which those companies conducted business.
By the early 1990s the Poots had expanded their collective vision into plans for several business parks:
- Airport City Badhoevedorp South, a 24 hour business city of 2 million square meters of international status;
- Chipshol Park, the first mixed-use green business park of its kind on the European continent;
- High Speed Logistics Park, along the Aalsmeer runway for state-of-the-art logistic facilities;
- Hub 3.0 Data Center Campus, highly in demand by datacenter operations due to high quality connectivity and abundance of power.
The Poots were concerned from the outset with the impact such business parks would have on the environment.“You have to make the most ‘green’ sites possible,” Peter Poot says: “Since we want to attract the leading corporations which require high quality environment, ‘going green’ also makes sound business sense.”Determined to address traffic solutions for their Airport City project, they conducted a worldwide, in-depth study to find a personal rapid transit system (PRT) that would drastically reduce the need for cars -- and therefore smog, traffic, and parking issues --. The result was the PRT 2000, also known as Taxi 2000, a computerized, electrical monorail system that’s highly efficient and convenient, yet has a minimal impact on the environment.
Quality architecture, landscaping and efficient land use are also a priority at Chipshol’s parks. Therefore parking is placed beneath buildings, a solution that Poot describes as“very revolutionary because it has never been done in Europe.”With automobiles around buildings drastically reduced, a large proportion of the land -- fifty-seven percent of Chipshol Park, for example –consists of parks and other open spaces. These green areas, along with courtyards and squares, surround elegant buildings built according to the principles of sustainable architecture.
To fund the company’s development activities, Peter Poot created private offerings in 1988 and 1992, issuing shares for its development company to a network of professional contacts, including small pension funds. Also in that period, he started a land bank to acquire further acreage, raising funds through another share issue.
While Poot insists that“my father really is the visionary man, the entrepreneur,” he clearly plays an equally important role. With his business acumen, “I complement him in this whole process,” he concedes. He describes his professional goal as a simple one – and it’s one that he shares with his father (who stepped down from playing an operational role in Chipshol in 1995). “I want to create environments where the people who work there or live there are stimulated to their best performance and feel good.”