The foundation stone of Silesia for Business office building has been laid in Katowice
TriGranit has laid the foundation stone of the first phase of its new Class-A office development, the Silesia for Business in Katowice, Poland. The office building will be the final element of the mixed-use development project of TriGranit, started 15 years ago and realised on a 30 hectares large brownfield area. The post-mining area today includes a shopping mall and residential estates, while the new office building, providing approx. 26,000 sqm GLA and more than 400 parking spaces, is expected to be completed in Q4, 2021.
With the groundbreaking ceremony on 27th November, the construction of TriGranit’s newest office development in Katowice, Poland has been launched, offering 25,900 sqm GLA of quality space for the Katowice office market as of Q4 2021. Together with the previously delivered Silesia City Center and the Dębowe Tarasy (Oak Terraces) residential complex, the office development is a classic brownfield project as it is being built in a formerly run-down area. After its closure the “Gottwald” coal mine area had been completely neglected for over 50 years; it was both an eyesore and a health hazard. As part of one of the largest recultivation projects in Europe the 30 hectares of post-mining area was revitalised by TriGranit and thus given back to the city of Katowice.
“The construction of the Silesia for Business office building is a long-awaited project of TriGranit: after delivering the Silesia City Center in 2005 and the Dębowe Tarasy residential estates in 2009, which are adjacent to each other, we can finally fulfil our vision of building city centres in the heart of Poland. After the first phase of S4B, we plan to construct a second phase of the office complex in the future. These developments will add in total up to 56,000 sqm GLA to Katowice’s office supply”, Tom Lisiecki, Chief Executive Officer of TriGranit said at today’s ceremony.
“Revetas has been active in the region since 2004 and started investing in 2013, in Krakow. We continue to see potential in the country and Katowice is a perfect investment location for Revetas as we tend to focus not only on capital but university cities of the region as well. We are proud the be involved in the iconic developments of Silesia that TriGranit, our solid partner in asset developments especially in Poland and Hungary started 15 years ago” – Eric Assimakopoulos, Founding Partner of Revetas said.
With an average floor size of 1625 sqm GLA, the 14 above-the-ground floors building will have altogether 439 parking spaces on 3 underground parking floors. To support sustainable mobility, electric car chargers and several bike racks with changing rooms and showers will be installed. The needs of today’s employees will also be fully met by creating outdoor relaxation areas, which people may also use for working outside. Moreover, Silesia for Business is being built according to the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certification and will have other sustainable solutions, such as Building Management System with high energy efficient mechanical and electrical equipment.
With one of the biggest shopping malls of the region located nearby the building will be an integral part of Katowice city. Several restaurants, cafés, bars, and entertainment facilities, including a cinema in the neighbourhood of S4B will make the everyday life of future employees easier. For those seeking recreation in a green environment, Silesian Park and the Silesian Zoological Garden are within striking distance.
The building is located near the main approach road to Katowice with excellent road access to other cities; it will also be easily approachable within the city thanks to the various public transport opportunities: 5 tram lines, 13 bus lines and bikes lanes near the building – all making the office building an ideal place for business. It is foreseen that the first tenants will move into the building in Q4, 2021.
Further TriGranit developments in the region
Besides Silesia for Business, TriGranit is working on the construction of three other office buildings in the region. The ninth element of Bonarka for Business (B4B) in Krakow, Poland – Building I, with approx. 10,000 sqm GLA – is already under preparation, coming after the completion of Building H, the eighth building, during 2019. Also, in the pipeline is Building J, also approx. 10,000 sqm, the final element of Krakow’s popular office complex. With these developments, the B4B complex will become a 95,000 sqm GLA development. Meanwhile in Hungary, TriGranit’s Millennium Gardens office building is progressing well with approx. 37,000 sqm GLA and a prospective handover in Q2, 2021. The development in Budapest has just reached ground floor level and is being built in line with the tenants’ employee-friendly requirements and green quality standards. With these projects, the company’s office pipeline developments account for close to 100,000 sqm GLA in 3 CEE cities.
Recultivation and extra investments by TriGranit in Silesia
- Environmental clean-up (1 million m3 of contaminated soil)
- In place of an abandoned coal mine, 40,000 sqm of natural landscape, including 700 trees, 70,000 shrubs and 21,000 perennials
- Creation and development of existing motorway infrastructure for approx. EUR 10 million
- Revenue for the city’s budget via property taxes and land use: EUR 810,000 annually
in cultural and social development, and charity initiatives
- EUR 1 million donation to the needy children of the region
- 2004 Christmas party for 4,000 children
- Creation of 2,000 new permanent jobs and 4,000 during the construction phase
Silesia City Center, a multi-functional city center
GBA: 475,000 sqm
- Silesia City Center Shopping Center: 120,000 sqm GBA
- Oak Terraces residential area: 91,000 sqm GBA
- Silesia for Business Offices Phase I-II: 88,000 sqm GBA
- Urban Areas & Car Parks