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.
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.