Heart of Łódź now officially blooming with green office space

  • GTC’s University Business Park was granted BREEAM In-Use certificate for both buildings with “Excellent” ratings
  • The certificate was obtained in two categories: “Asset Performance” and “Building Management”
  • University Business Park comprises two A-class office buildings in Łódź

GTC now has its full share in making Łódź officially more ecological. University Business Park located in the very center of the city at Wólczańska Street received BREEAM In-Use certificate for its both buildings A and B. The complex was assessed in “Asset Performance” and “Building Management” categories obtaining rate at “Excellent” level.

University Business Park is an A-class office complex comprising two buildings. The close vicinity of Łódź Technical University, direct access to stops of numerous bus and tram lines, and proximity to Galeria Łódzka shopping mall make it a highly convenient location. What is more, the complex offers state-of-the-art sustainable design, along with flexibility and expansion opportunities for tenants within one office park as their business grows. It responds to the needs of the modern employees by giving them access to such additional amenities as a restaurant, café, newsagent, ATM, bicycle parking, carwash, as well as four convenient car entries, parking space for taxis and guests, and a separate delivery zone.

During the certification process, University Business Park reached the top of the scale when it comes to the usage of ecological construction materials, waste management system, as well as express and comfortable access to various means of transportation, reducing its general impact on the environment. It was also recognized for implementation of solutions aimed at taking care of health and comfort of tenants, examples of which are floor-to-ceiling windows – including openable ones – for excellent natural light access and air exchange parameters, individual temperature control, and provision of optimal humidity.

“Our overarching goal is to provide added value for our tenants, and we believe that a sustainable approach ticks all the right boxes in satisfying this ambition. The BREAM In-Use certificate confirms that University Business Park aims to increase the wellbeing of its users and is responsible in relation to the environment. It gives us now a full impetus and we will put forth our best efforts to see all of our assets in Poland certified” – commented Piotr Kroenke, GTC’s General Director.

Total leasable area of the complex amounts to 40,400 sq. m. Both buildings, each with a total leasable area of 20,200 sq. m, enjoyed the interest of prestigious tenants from the very beginning. At the moment it is one of the most significant spots on the business map of Łódź housing offices of such companies as Fujitsu Polska, Ericsson, Barry Callebaut, Accenture, Mobica, and UPS Global Business Services.

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Green-jewelled Korona Office Complex

    • All buildings in Korona Office Complex were granted BREEAM In-Use certificates with “Excellent” ratings
    • The buildings were assessed in two categories: “Asset Performance” and “Building Management”
    • Korona Office Complex comprises four A-class office buildings in Kraków

GTC’s Polish portfolio is getting greener as all four buildings of Korona Office Complex in Kraków were granted BREEAM In-Use certificates in “Asset Performance” and “Building Management” categories at “Excellent” levels. It is another step forward in fulfilling the developer’s ambition to gain ecological certificates for all its projects in Poland. Recently GTC’s Francuska Office Centre in Katowice was also awarded “Excellent” rate in the same two categories of BREEAM In-Use system.

Korona Office Complex comprises four office buildings – Galileo, Newton, Edison, and Pascal – in the very centre of Kraków. The buildings were constructed in 2003-2014 and currently serve as headquarters for several Polish and international companies from the IT, finance, BPO, consulting and other industries as State Street, Genpact, Hitachi Vantara. In 2017, the complex underwent a thorough modernisation of the interiors and areas around the buildings, which means that at the moment Korona is one of the most modern facilities on the map of Kraków. The total office space of the complex is approximately 36,800 sq. m GLA.

During the certification process Galileo, Newton, Edison, and Pascal were recognized, among others, for the highly efficient waste management systems, ecological materials used for their construction and solutions which take care for the health and well-being of tenants. The buildings were also highly rated for the public transport accessibility, parking for cyclists, and excellent route they provide to all city districts.

“As we said earlier this year, we would like to see all our Polish assets certified. The heavy modernisation of Korona Office Complex in terms of common space as well as green areas and amenities resulted not only in more comfortable working conditions for our tenants, but – what is equally important – in BREEAM In-Use “Excellent” certificates in “Asset Performance” and “Building Management” for Newton, Pascal, and Edison. On top of that, Galileo received an “Excellent” rating in “Asset Performance” too and “Very Good” in “Building Management”. We are very proud of that achievement and waiting for more buildings to be certified during 2019.” – commented Piotr Kroenke, GTC’s General Director.

Korona Office Complex offers class A office space with additional amenities for tenants, increasing their comfort and providing a recreational function (e.g. restaurants, gym, and a salt cave). Moreover, since the modernisation, there are also new elements of small architecture, such as an outdoor dining area and relaxation zone, bicycle parking, and greenery.

 

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Spaces co-working office chooses GTC White House. Property now fully leased.

GTC is thrilled to announce that IWG has selected Budapest’s GTC White House to host the first Spaces co-working office in Hungary. IWG Hungary signed in mid-March 2019 a lease agreement for 3,500 sq. m in the LEED Platinum certified office building. Completed in June 2018, the 21,500 sq. m landmark building on Váci út office corridor is now fully leased. Spaces combines an inspiring work environment with the benefits of an exclusive business club. The concept aims to boost productivity and support collaboration between members and will be rolled out at GTC White House in Q4 2019.

“Signing the lease agreement with Spaces, the final lease at GTC White House, feels like completing a work of art” – said Bori Gedai, Deputy Country Director at GTC Hungary. “IWG deal means 100% occupancy has been achieved within 9 months of the building’s official opening” – added Bori Gedai.

GTC White House holds the prestigious LEED platinum certification in recognition of its excellence in environmentally responsible building design, construction and operation. It has collected several illustrious industry awards, including CRE Awards 2018 and CIJ Awards Hungary.

Spaces is a premium co-working and serviced office product from the International Workplace Group (IWG). It launched 11 years ago and comprises 240 locations worldwide, all providing users with an inspiring, comfortable and community office experience.

“Spaces is a creative work environment with a unique entrepreneurial spirit. Our dynamic workspaces help you think, create and collaborate, while our team makes sure you feel welcome. What really makes Spaces unique is the community we have worked to cultivate – full of forward thinkers, innovators, and game changers who love what they do” – commented Spaces’ co-founder and Managing Director Martijn Roordink.

Ispánki Nikoletta, the Country Manager at IWG added: “In recent years, hundreds of Spaces’ offices around the world have been designed to provide our customers with an ideal, flexible, and personalized office environment that delivers an inspiring atmosphere, comfort and community strength. As a LEED Platinum certified GTC White House tenant, we are convinced that the Spaces brand will continue to grow.”

Leading global real estate services company CBRE acted as adviser to the deal.

“It is always great to contribute to a deal like this. The building offers outstanding spaces with many sustainable and green solutions that will inspire the people who will be working there” – said David Johnston, Head of Advisory and Transaction Services at CBRE. “We believe that co-working spaces are the offices of the future, and the first Spaces co-working office will enhance the already thriving market in Budapest – not to speak of the building itself, which is absolutely beautiful”added David Johnston.

About GTC White House

The GTC White House office building is built on the site of former elevator factory on the Váci Road office corridor.  The office building has a total leasable area of 21,500 sq. m including a 2,000 sq. m entirely re­furbished standalone loft building and, 19,500 m2 of new premium quality offices.  GTC White House has achieved the LEED Platinum certification in recognition of its environmentally friendly and sustainable technical solutions.

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