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.”
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.
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.
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).