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.
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At the end of 2018, the offer of housing units in newly finished apartment buildings in Bratislava hit a low since 2002-2005, when this market started developing in Slovakia. This resulted in an increase of average prices of apartments.
The iconic building of the British retail chain Tesco department store in the centre of Bratislava has changed hands. The new owner of the building is the Mirage Shopping Center company of Žilina-based businessman George Trabelssie. Since 2016 the retail chain Tesco has sold five department stores across Slovakia. Trabelssie, who is close to former chair of the Slovak National Party (SNS) Ján Slota, acquired Tesco department stores also in Nitra and Žilina, the Hospodárske Noviny business daily reported. Tesco will continue to operate in the building on Kamenné Square as it will rent the premises.
The reconstruction of the Park Inn by Radisson Danube hotel in Bratislava has become the ugliest new building constructed between the years 2011 and 2018. As much as almost one third of 1002 participants in a survey organised by the website Trend Reality of the economic weekly Trend voted for it. The weekly launched the survey in early December. Its goal was to start a discussion and hold up a kind of mirror to developers.
Prices of apartments grew at a two-digit pace in Slovakia in 2018. The average price of an apartment increased from €1,479 per square metre to €1,655 per square metre during the first 11 months of 2018. This means an increase of €176 per square metre or 11.9 percent, Vladimír Kubrický, analyst with the Real Estate Union, told the TASR newswire.
Bratislava’s Old Town has gotten a new square. It is part of a new office-residential complex called Blumental, built by the development company Corwin. It is flanked by streets Mýtna and Radlinského and interconnects with them. It was named after mediaeval King Matthias Corvinus, Matej Korvín Square.
Bratislava is scheduled to get a new landmark within a few years. The developer J&T Real Estate (JLRE) has obtained a development permit for the project of extending Eurovea on the Danube embankment. Included is the 168-metre high Eurovea Tower, the first building in Bratislava that meets the latest criteria for being called a skyscraper, i.e. higher than 150 metres. The residence tower will have 47 storeys and have almost more than 380 residential units. The project will add 84,000 square metres of retail premises to the existing ones in the first phase of Eurovea, the Hospodárske Noviny wrote.
The Saudi-Arabian company Sisban has started building a brand new logistics park near the village Chocholná-Velčice in the Trenčín Region. Sihoť Park will spread over 160,000 square metres, while investments are projected at €50 million. This is the company’s first investment in Slovakia, the TASR newswire reported.