Strategic Planning

Our approach to real estate planning is to build consensus amongst the stakeholders and help define a unified vision.

Strategic planning is the foundation on which Savills integrated teams build your real estate project. Our strategic consultants work with your executive team to lay the framework for finding the solution that fulfils your business goals and objectives and reflects your brand. As highly skilled and professionally trained negotiators, we believe that real estate success is first established in the strategic planning process. And this is where attention to details is of paramount importance.

With a clear understanding of you, your mission, your brand, and your interactions with people in the workplace, Savills creates solutions that completely satisfy your objectives for the optimal workspace.

Our strategic real estate process is straightforward and comprised of three basic steps:

  • Step 1: Evaluate your current situation
  • Step 2: Identify future real estate requirements
  • Step 3: Create a strategic plan that produces an optimal outcome

Step 1: Evaluate Current Situation

Does your real estate plan align with your business plan?

Evaluating your current situation helps us move your business forward by determining what is working for you and what is not in terms of:

  • Location
  • Attraction and retention of employees
  • Branding
  • Building architecture and systems
  • Flexibility
  • Financial situation
  • Whether it makes more sense to stay, expand, consolidate or relocate; buy or lease.

Our comprehensive evaluation involves:

  • A review of your existing facilities
  • An audit of your existing lease
  • Analyses of your current financial situation, demographics and workspaces

Step 2: Identify Future Requirements

The next step is to define your business drivers in light of your future plans and prospects and your industry long-term, not just for now or the next one, two, three or five years. These drivers will resonate loudly in all decisions with respect to your real estate project. Our proprietary tools identify the business drivers that directly affect your real estate, weigh each driver and match them with relevant communities and specific markets. Weighting criteria includes:

  • Transaction considerations using established financial models specifically customized to help you effectively evaluate purchase versus lease, capital costs, cash flow, net present value and an overall risk profile assessment
  • Location issues that may affect retention and attraction of employees and clients such as access/transportation, proximity and ease of access, parking, public transportation, etc.
  • Building considerations that include age, style, efficiency, image, building systems such as HVAC and power, ceiling heights, bay sizes and shipping and receiving
  • Flexibility considerations that include expansion/contraction, commitment period and additional property/building rights, etc.

Step 3: Create a Plan

We use the insights gleaned from these analyses to produce highly productive and cost-effective real estate scenarios to inform your decision-making going forward. Carefully planning and evaluating your location ensures it effectively aligns not only with the needs of your current workforce—but more critically—of your future workforce demographic as well. Our consultants work in tandem with your executive team to evaluate, choose and execute a strategy that locates and outfits the ideal space that meets your long-term objectives with minimal stress.

The strategy plan will:

  • Determine whether it’s best to renew or relocate, own or lease
  • Establish design and construction requirements
  • Create project objectives, timeline and budget based on financial models and qualitative analysis



Key contacts

Stan Krawitz

Stan Krawitz

Vice Chairman, Founder, Head of Canada


+1 416 480 0745 Ext. 3030


Ken Norris

Ken Norris

Senior Vice President, Branch Manager – Ontario Office


+1 416 480 0745 Ext. 3047