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.”
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.