It is no surprise that a good working environment can motivate better performance from employees. Thus companies, during this time of qualified labour shortage, are endeavouring to improve the working environment for their employees as much as possible. To reflect this development, the real estate consultancy company CBRE Slovensko organises a competition for the best office. The Profesia company, running the biggest job portal in Slovakia, has won its second year. Among other companies given awards are the IT company Sygic and the business-services organisation EY.
A total of 36 companies competed in the categories of Healthy Office, Smart Office, Office as the DNA of the Company and for the absolute winner of the competition, Office of the Year. The jury featured five experts including architects Ian Bogle from Great Britain, Friedrich Passler from Austria and CBRE expert for the working environment for central and eastern Europe Martin Pongratz from Austria. Slovakia was represented by Šimon Šicko from the PixelFederation and Tomáš Jaššo from Slovanet.
“The offices competition was exceptionally strong,” said Tomáš Hegedűš, executive director of CBRE Slovensko, as cited in a press release. “This is clear proof that companies in Slovakia really care about modern and inspiring working environments, an issue that has become very important in the fight to keep or win new talent. We are glad that the companies that enrolled in the competition can serve as models to others.”
Profesia is the overall winner of the competition holding the title Office of the Year 2017. Sygic won the awards for Healthy Office and Smart Office and also won the award from the general public. EY is the winner for the category of Office as the DNA of the Company.
Members of the jury selected the top 10 most beautiful and inspiring offices of this year. These are, in the alphabetical order: Arval, Baumit, Campus 0100, Cisco, ČSOB, EY, Johnson Controls International, Profesia, Swiss Re and Sygic.
British architect Bogle acknowledged the interesting combinations of materials and top solutions.
“A number of the entries had merit in their architectural delivery and the combination of differing materiality was strong in the best solutions,” said Bogle, as cited in the press release.
Austrian architect Passler also sees some of the entries as world class.
“It is remarkable that the quality of the working environment is not linked to the size of a company but that many companies are aware of the importance of atmosphere and surroundings supporting informal communication,” said Passler.
Small, especially one-room, apartments and bed-sits are maintaining the highest prices in Bratislava. The price of two- and three-room apartments has decreased moderately. The interest in family houses and construction parcels is still high while demand exceeds availability.
The new city quarter growing in Bratislava’s Petržalka borough is popular among those looking for new housing. Last year people bought a total of 565 apartments there. This number accounted for more than 11 percent of all new apartments sold in Bratislava in 2017.
After existing and potential clients showed an eminent interest in central Slovakia, the biggest logistics real estate company in Slovakia, Prologis, began to look for suitable land for the construction of a new industrial park in the desired locality close to Nitra, Banská Bystrica and Zvolen. It found it in Žiar nad Hronom.
The developer YIT Slovakia has launched the sale of apartments in the second building of the fifth, last, phase of the Tammi Dúbravka development. The new block of apartments will provide 42 apartments. It will be connected to the second building of the fifth phase with a community park. The sale of apartments in the first building was launched in September 2017.
The first weeks of 2018 indicate that the high interest in new warehouses in Slovakia is continuing. Developers are responding to the demand with the preparation of expansion phases for their successful projects as well as plans for new industrial premises and parks. The latter may start during the first half of 2018 and so developers would be able to offer new spaces in late 2018.
The developer Merius has brushed up its Semiramis Residence project which it plans to build in front of the Nové Mesto railway station and opposite Kuchajda lake in Bratislava. Its first attempt three years before failed as the local council did not grant it construction permission. The re-worked project with a price tag of €47 million is now undergoing an environmental impact assessment (EIA).
Prices of apartments in Bratislava have increased to their highest level since the crisis, the real estate agency Lexxus has discovered. Based on its latest residential real estate analysis, Slovaks are prepared to pay still more for apartments. This is because they fear further increases in real estate prices as well as the impact of measures taken by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS). These may worsen accessibility of housing for the middle classes from January.