Your Partner in Real Estate
Alides, an established company in the real estate sector for generations, has been a longstanding actor due to our hybrid profile as investor and developer.
Our origins can be traced back to the Maes family contracting firm, established in Ghent in 1892. Throughout generations, the family business has grown organically while maintaining a long-term vision, ultimately evolving into a comprehensive real estate investor and developer.
We remain committed to our heritage by utilizing the expertise and resources accumulated over time to create sustainable properties that align with our core values.
As part of our expansion strategy, we focus on thriving locations in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Poland. With our extensive knowledge in both office and residential markets, our goal is to solidify and enhance our position as a reference player in the real estate industry. We aspire to be the go-to partner for all your real estate needs.
At Alides, we are dedicated to being Your Partner in Real Estate.
Prioritize Sustainability & Collaboration
Alides is driven to transform spatial planning and the real estate market, prioritizing sustainability and societal well-being.
Through our strategic investments in sustainable urban office developments and residential real estate, located strategically, we actively address societal challenges. We foster close collaboration with partners and stakeholders to bring forth thriving real estate projects that positively impact communities.
As a family business, we place significant emphasis on our valued history, but our utmost focus lies on shaping the future.
Our core values determine how we think and act, both in daily activities and in long-term decisions.
Being people-oriented is all about building long-term relationships of trust, both inside and outside the company.
We deal with our clients, partners, employees and all our stakeholders in a people-oriented manner. We value solution oriented thinking, transparency and ethics. Through a continuous dialogue, we listen to and involve our stakeholders in what we do and care for their needs.
We take ownership of the company’s goals and are committed to delivering an outstanding performance.
That is why we strongly belief in insourcing knowledge and expertise and why we invest in enhancing the potential of our employees. We are engaged and passionate to go for the highest quality.
Having chosen ‘Real Estate Upcycling’ as our strategic focus, sustainability is at the very core of what we do.
Reducing carbon by upcycling obsolete inefficient real estate into futureproof buildings which integrate sustainable techniques is the most efficient way to attain the globally set sustainability goals. By promoting a sustainable attitude towards life, we realize our mission to create value for future generations.
We want to realize our ambitions by consistently focusing on our three key pillars: Real Estate, Real Ideas, Real People.
Real Estate Upcycling
For decades, real estate has proven to be one of the most profitable and safe investments.
Growth and Innovation
We actively embrace innovative solutions and leverage digitalization to stay at the forefront of the industry.
Invest in PEOPLE
We emphasize people-centered entrepreneurship with open, long-term collaboration.
Alides has a rich history. As part of the activities of the Ghent Maes family, founded in 1892, we have a strong tradition in the construction and real estate sector.
We are proud to announce that Alides has been recognized as a 'Best Managed Company 2023'.
This prestigious recognition acknowledges our clear strategy, strong competences, and solid financial results. With a focus on innovation, quality, and sustainability, Alides stands out as an international real estate investor and developer.
Sport Flanders presented the Sports Company Awards for the first time on 8 May 2023.
The award recognises companies committed to a sporting working environment. The jury selected Alides as one of the five winners.
Alides moved its headquarters to a state-of-the-art building it developed on its office site Forum in Ghent.
Alides remains as ambitious as ever to become ‘your partner in real estate’.
In 2019, Sophie Maes was succeeded by Rikkert Leeman as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee. Rikkert Leeman also became a member of the Board of Directors.
Sophie Maes remains actively involved in the strategic development of Group Maes as a non-executive director in the Board of Directors, along with two additional non-executive family directors, Antoine and Christophe Maes and four independent directors. Since 2019, the company has strengthened its position in the European District office market in Brussels and abroad with properties in Luxembourg, Gdansk and Warschau.
In 2009, the commercial names BIM and FIP (Financiële Immobiliaire Promotie) were left behind and the investment and development activities were given a new name: Alides.
Some key milestone events in the story of our organization followed: the purchase and realization of excellently located buildings in Brussels and Ghent.
During the 70s, the company kept growing, and activities were expanded to Brussels.
The organization worked on a large variety of projects in the subsequent decades, such as 1,800 school pavilions across Belgium, the commercialization of an industrial zone of 160 ha in Evergem, the purchase of buildings in the Wetstraat, and many more.
In 1968, the fourth generation – Roland and Roger Maes – founded Bouw en Immobiliën Maes (BIM)
in order to manage and profit from a portfolio of buildings constructed by the contractor.
Alides’ history starts with Petrus Maes, who began working as a contractor in 1892.
The company was handed down from father to son while it continued to grow organically. Under the second and third generation of the Maes family, the number of projects grew and the construction firm became an important reference in Ghent and its surroundings.