The EcoPoint administrative office building in Košice is set to expand. The seat of IT, Hi-tech companies, medical labs and assisted reproduction facilities, will double its current rentable area, Trend Reality wrote.
The building was finished at the beginning of 2014 and is now fully occupied. Another two buildings are to be added to the current 5,000 square metres of rentable office space bringing the total area to 10,000 square metres. The construction works of the second phase will begin this May and new leaseholders should be moving in by 2018.
“Košice suffers from an acute deficiency of new and quality buildings which provide comfortable office working space. The EcoPoint building delivers this high quality and delivers it as a standard,” said Miroslav Cimerman, the consultant of CBRE Slovakia which manages the rental of the building, as reported by Trend Reality.
Other similar projects are planned for the business centre in the surroundings of the EcoPoint building but it stands apart from these because it is an ecological, sustainable building with low operating costs. It is the greenest administrative building in Slovakia with an LEED Gold certificate, according to the administrator of the building.
The complex stands at the entrance to Košice from the direction of Prešov and Michalovce, in the middle of two big housing estates: Dargovských hrdinov and Ťahanovce. The location of such a building near a city bypass is preferred by many countries in developed Europe, however it was still unknown in Košice,” said Miroslav Cimerman. Trend Reality informed that there will be a total of 400 parking places.
The main industrial regions in Slovakia are reporting a lack of accommodation capacity for workers. These are in the vicinities of industrial and logistics parks mostly along highways connecting Bratislava with Košice (D1), leading from Bratislava to the Czech Republic (D2) and the dual carriageway from Trnava to Banská Bystrica (R1).
The developer, belonging to the Bencont Group has already started pulling down the buildings and cleaning the three-hectare area. “We believe that Rínok Rača, which we will begin to construct soon, will be the new centre of the borough and will naturally fit into the life of its citizens,” said Martin Šimurda, representative of the developer Rínok Rača, as cited in the press report.
The new indebting rules tightened by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) will primarily impact citizens of the Slovak capital, Bratislava. They will be able to buy on credit, from an average wage, maximally a one-room flat in a new building or a two-room flat in an older block of flats. Other regions will be significantly less affected by the new lending cap, Poštová Banka has found out.
In the first quarter of 2018, the overall offer of office space in Bratislava reached almost 1.72 million square metres. The vacancy rate slightly decreased to 5.99 percent from 6.18 percent in the previous quarter. The lowest vacancy rate was in the Bratislava V district (3.22 percent), the highest in the Bratislava IV district (9.05 percent), the Slovak branch of the real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield reported on April 20 as cited by the SITA newswire.
The developer Penta Real Estate is preparing the second phase of the Bory Bývanie residential project. It will create 287 apartments in nine, four- to six-storey blocks. It plans to launch the construction during the third quarter of 2018.
Petržalka, the most populated borough of Bratislava, has gotten a new roofed market place, Petržalská Tržnica. It is located in a reconstructed shopping centre of almost 5,000 square metres on Bratská Street. The new market place welcomed its first shoppers on Friday, April 6.
The British retail chain Tesco is continuing the sale of its department stores, former Priors, in Slovakia. Following the sale of its stores in Žilina, Nitra, Prešov and Košice the retail chain is now selling its last piece of real estate in Slovakia, the department store My (We in English) on Kamenné Square in Bratislava. Tesco Stores SR has confirmed negotiations with potential buyers, the Trend weekly reported.