US real estate investment fund Heitman sold the Aupark Tower office building in Bratislava to the real estate fund of the investment bank Wood & Company in early June. The consultancy company CBRE, which mediated the deal, describes the transaction as the biggest on the Slovak office real-estate market for seven years. The price, however, was not disclosed.
“Via the acquisition of the office assets Aupark Tower and Lakeside Park in Bratislava and the Hadovka Office Park in Prague, we are strengthening our position in the administration of real estate funds for qualified investors, by which we are trying to satisfy the growing appetite of investors for such assets,” said Martin Šmigura of Wood & Company, as cited in a press release from CBRE.
Developer HB Reavis completed Aupark Tower, next to the Aupark shopping centre on the Petržalka side of the Danube River, in 2008. It has 22 upper-ground floors, one underground floor and 750 parking places. The total rentable area amounts to 35,000 square metres. It holds the BREEAM EXCELLENT certificate. Now it houses such prominent concerns as the IT companies Eset and AT&T and the mobile operator O2.
“This excellent transaction confirms the position of Bratislava as a prominent investment market in central and eastern Europe,” said Anthony Selman, head of investment properties for central & eastern Europe at CBRE, as cited in the press release. “This investment is part of a wave of foreign capital, whose aim is to utilise the difference in investment revenues the Slovak quality office real-estate market offers compared with abroad.”
Heitman European Property Partners IV bought Aupark Tower in 2012 when the price might have been as high as €85.6 million, the Trend weekly reported at that time.
Photo: Courtesy of CBRE
The new city district Bory, between the Small Carpathians and the Morava River in Bratislava, continues to grow. Its developer Penta Real Estates has announced two more phases to the residential area. After completion, the new district will feature offices, shops, parks and amenities including a kindergarten, besides housing.
Housing construction in recent years has lagged behind consumer demand in Slovakia. Not only were new apartments bought, but also older homes, whose prices were pushed higher by the acute shortage of new residential buildings.
Long-term manager and developer of logistics warehouses, P3 Logistic Parks, continues to record strong growth over the past 12 months. This has been driven, in part, by the boom in online demand, which has fuelled the need for strategically-located warehouses in Europe. P3’s customer base has grown by 20 percent, with customer retail share surpassing 30 percent for the first time in the company’s history.
Housing affordability in the Bratislava Region is the lowest compared to the remaining seven regions of Slovakia. This is true for employees with an average monthly wage of €1,360 and average prices of residential real estate. While the average wage in this region is 39 percent above the national average, the average price for one square metre of real estate is 117 percent higher than the average, specified VÚB bank analyst Andrej Arady.
Company owners are searching for more effective solutions for managing their companies. One of such solution is shared office space; as much as 80 percent of companies using this solution put cost reduction as the reason. This way they save especially on costs needed for acquisition of offices and rentals, as well as repair and maintenance costs, a survey conducted by International Workspace has confirmed.
Extensive reconstruction of Mlynské Nivy Street in Bratislava and construction of a brand new central bus station, including an adjacent high rise office building, are progressing. Currently almost 450 workers of various professions and 18 cranes are working on it, the biggest construction site in central Europe at 4.4 hectares large. The developer HB Reavis still promises to launch the new bus station in late 2020.
In the former industrial zone on Račianska Street in Bratislava, next to the Lidl retail store, stands an old brick smokestack and concrete beams. These are the remnants of a long defunct parquet factory. Developer Corwin plans to replace the remnants with Guthaus, a residential complex with a new vision for housing quality.