Although Slovakia has so far been able to attract new investors, in the not so distant future it may have problems with the placement of further investments. The reasons for this are the steadily declining availability of labour, the very slow development of road infrastructure and the lack of readiness of land suitable for the development of industrial parks, according to Martin Varačka, director of the industrial real estate division of the real estate consulting company CBRE in Slovakia.
The interest of foreign investors is gradually shifting from western Slovakia to the northeast. The reason is the increasingly poor availability of labour around Bratislava, and also along the entire cross-country D1 highway to Žilina.
“We are already handling interest in new investments, especially in the area of Banská Bystrica, Zvolen, and Ružomberok,” said Varačka as cited by the SITA newswire. “This is thanks to transport accessibility on the R1 motorway. But we are encountering a problem with insufficient preparedness of land that would be suitable for the construction of industrial parks. It is precisely in this area that CBRE sees opportunities for improvement of the situation in the future.”
One Fashion Outlet 1 near the village of Voderady, the biggest outlet centre in Slovakia, has filed for bankruptcy, the Trend weekly informed. The further fate is now in the hands of the courts.
After withdrawing its application for an important investment statute for the Connected Bratislava package of projects, the developer J&T Real Estate (JTRE) is continuing to work on selected projects on the Danube River embankment. Instead of an extensive package of projects on both sides of the Danube, it is now focusing on the zone around Eurovea and Panorama City.
While the share of the market held by rental apartments in the countries of the European Union is between 19 and 62 percent, in Slovakia it is only about 6 percent. This negatively affects labour force mobility and housing for young families and handicapped citizens, the Benchmarking Information Exchange Project has discovered. The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) in Slovakia participated in the project and focused on the comparison of support for rental housing between Slovakia and the Czech Republic and Austria where the share of rental apartments on the market is 21 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
Slovaks are increasingly interested in recreational real estate. The demand has increased by 20 percent over the last year. The most wanted properties are cottages near Michalovce in eastern Slovakia.
Healthy offices providing a sustainable environment in terms of energy, as well as their surroundings, are a world trend that has not skipped Slovakia. There are a number of buildings that have already received or are applying for the world-renowned LEED, BREEAM, WELL or Fitwell certifications. One of them is the Einpark office building in Petržalka, which – as the first in Slovakia – has successfully completed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) pre-certification to the highest degree, Platinum.
The abandoned building of the former Lamač department store in Bratislava’s borough of the same name will return to life. The new owner, the investment group Dynastion, will revitalise it into the Karpatia centre. Apart from shops, it will house co-working offices and provide space for a youth community centre. The complex revitalisation of the building should start this autumn.
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.