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.”
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.
Although Slovakia has so far been able to attract new investors, in the not so distant future it may have problems with the placement of further investments. The reasons for this are the steadily declining availability of labour, the very slow development of road infrastructure and the lack of readiness of land suitable for the development of industrial parks, according to Martin Varačka, director of the industrial real estate division of the real estate consulting company CBRE in Slovakia.
Foreigners coming to Slovakia to work for the manufacturing industry try to live as economically as possible. They often do not arrive with their families and only work for a short period of time.
The Apollo 1 business centre on Prievozská Street in Bratislava is suffering from stability problems and will be pulled down and replaced with a new development. The demolition should start in March 2018 and be completed by the spring of 2019. This time-line stems from the plans of its owner, the company Smart City Centre, published as part of the ongoing environmental impact assessment (EIA) proceedings. Demolition work is expected to cost about €3.1 million.
Prešov, as the last regional capital, has finally gotten a bigger shopping centre. The Eperia Shopping Mall opened on Friday, November 24. During the first weekend about 70,000 people visited, the Trendreality.sk website reported.
Residential development Sky Park in Bratislava, one of the last projects of now deceased prominent world architect Zaha Hadid, will be bigger than originally planned. It will now have four instead of three residential towers. The fourth tower will be built on the neighbouring plot bought by the developer earlier this year. The extension is now undergoing an environmental impact assessment.
Construction and expansion of shopping centres in Slovakia will continue. “Slovakia expects extensive construction and expansion of shopping centres in 2017 and 2018,” said Katarína Paule, head of the retail team at Cushman & Wakefield in Slovakia. “In 2017, there will be as much as 56,258 square meters in total to be completed, with 83 percent being new shopping centres, and 17 percent planned expansions of already existing projects.”