UNIQ Staromestská, a new office building in Bratislava’s Old Town, has successfully undergone demanding environmental certification. Only five months after getting approval for construction works, the project by the developer Cresco Group received the LEED Gold certificate.
“The Green LEED certificate proves that UNIQ Staromestská is an exemplary working environment with a responsible environmental strategy,” said Ján Krnáč, managing director for Cresco Group, as cited by the press release. “The project has been successfully assessed in terms of its environmental, economic, functional and technical properties. We are one of the few developers to have delivered a completely new building in the centre of our capital, which is why we were determined to globally showcase recognised eco-friendly technologies.”
A building’s energy consumption largely depends on the behaviour of its tenants, said Marek Kremeň, auditor at EXERGY Studios and Simulácie budov. However, if a building meets LEED certification criteria, it can save up to 16 percent of all operation costs allocated to the energy systems, e.g. heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting, compared to a reference building. UNIQ Staromestská’s roof features extensive greenery which requires very little maintenance. This also prevents a ‘thermal island’ effect while reducing cooling costs. During the initial design stage, the building’s thermal comfort and use of daylight were tested using modern computer simulations and the façade’s performance was also tested using a thermal vision study.
The new building has already welcomed its first tenants, including the law firm Čechová & Partners, Oriflame and CBRE.
“Our aim is to provide all our tenants with energy-efficient high-quality office areas,” added Ján Krnáč. CBRE Property Management Group is the developer’s partner in the area of property management.
UNIQ Staromestská comprises of three underground and seven over-ground floors. It offers office area of 7,656 square metres and 917 square metres of retail and storage area.
The Gold LEED rating is the result of close collaboration between the Cresco Group and the building’s designers, Bogle Architects, together with an impressive team of consultants.
Replacing a former parking lot, the boutique project enjoys a prominent location on the corner of Veterná and Staromestská streets.
“We are very happy to have led the design for this project. It is a stellar example of a responsible approach towards design,” said Ian Bogle, founder of Bogle Architects as cited in the press release. “This also stems from our efforts to think differently and continuously expand our limits.”
Fewer than 3,000 new apartments are available on the market of new residential buildings in Bratislava, which is the lowest figure for the past two years. As demand for new apartments is still relatively lively, prices for new units continue to grow slightly, the TASR newswire cited the real estate agency LEXXUS.
The Austrian company Soravia has opened a new retail zone in Liptovský Mikuláš in northern Slovakia, the Retail Park Liptovský Mikuláš. It is 9,000 square metres and is the first investment by the Austrian developer outside Bratislava. The investment totalling €22 million has created 100 jobs so far.
At the end of the second quarter of 2018, apartments under construction numbered 76,000 in Slovakia. This is the highest number since 1996 when the Slovak Statistics Office began to register this data. Because the figure for residential real estate under construction in the early 1990s was low, figures from the second quarter of this year are the highest since the launch of independent Slovakia in 1993, the Trend weekly reported.
Construction of a brand new bus station and the extensive reconstruction of Mlynské Nivy Street are going according to plan.
The PNK Group, an international developer of industrial and logistics real estate from Russia, has joined the European real estate market by constructing a new industrial park called PNK Park Sereď in western Slovakia. Spanning 45,000 square metres of industrial space, the park offers premises for various uses: storage, distribution centres and light industry assembly halls.
After the British carmaker Jaguar Land Lover (JLR) announced its plan to build a brand new plant in Nitra, local real estate prices skyrocketed. Now the situation seems to be calming down. This is because the central bank has tightened conditions for taking out mortgages as well as developers announcing projects for the construction of new apartments.
The Czech investment fund Arete Invest, focusing on investment in real estate, is building a new warehouse for the international chain of fashion e-shops Factcool in the industrial park at Nové Mesto nad Váhom.