Medicover Poland stays in the Equator II office building for longer

CPI Property Group (CPIPG) has extended its lease agreement with Medicover Poland, in the Equator II office building, a part of the Group’s portfolio.

Medicover Polska is a group of entities providing healthcare services, operating on the market for 25 years. Currently, Medicover provides its patients with full medical care, including outpatient services, laboratory and imaging diagnostics and dentistry in more than 120 own and 2700 affiliated facilities. The company has 6 hospitals and a network of pharmacies.

Medicover Polska will continue to have its headquarters in the Equator II office building, with an area of 6,200 sqm. The lease agreement has been extended by 8 years.

Located at Aleje Jerozolimskie, the Equator II office building was commissioned in 2011. It entered the CPIPG portfolio in January 2020. The building has class A space of 23,100 sqm. The 14 floors accommodate the headquarters of companies from the following sectors: finance, IT, publishing and real estate. Equator II is BREEAM In-Use certified at the Very Gold level.

“We are satisfied with the fact that the office buildings located in the Aleje Jerozolimskie belt, included in the CPIPG portfolio, enjoy a constant appreciation among current tenants. Extending the cooperation with Medicover Polska for another 8 years at Equator II is the best example that the spaces we offer meet the high requirements of even the most recognized companies on the market,” comments Agnieszka Ciupak, Head of Leasing Office at CPIPG Polska.

CPIPG currently owns 14 office buildings in Warsaw, with a total area of over 314,000 sqm.

The Skyliner reveals what is hidden behind the glass facade [PHOTO]

Flexible office space, the latest technological solutions and the icing on the cake, i.e. the two-storey Skybar located at a height of 165 metres – this is how the Skyliner looks like “from the inside”. The building slowly reveals what is hidden behind its glass facade. The author of the architectural design of the new Warsaw office building is APA Wojciechowski.

The facade works on Skyliner have already been completed, both on the podium and on the office tower. The scaffolding has disappeared, revealing a completely glazed building facade. Currently, the scaffolding is being dismantled at the construction site from the highest point of the Skyliner, the so-called “plume”, which is enclosed by glass and a reinforced concrete wall. These works are very complicated and require extremely precise execution due to the number of installations and the combination of facades and roof elements. An additional challenge is the shape of the roof, which is tilted at a very large slant. Due to the height of the building – 195 metres, the work on the top is carried out by alpine teams. Sanitation and installation works are also coming to an end.

There are four cooling towers on the roof of Skyliner, and the weight of the heaviest equipment transported to the highest levels exceeded 13.5 tonnes. 24 circulating pumps were installed in the engine rooms to ensure the cooling of the entire facility and the twenty-tonne equipment had to be placed with an accuracy of a few millimetres.

“We are currently in the process of approving the finishing works of the office part. We have also completed work in the toilet complexes and in the lift halls, where we can observe the combination of raw concrete with oak veneer. During the execution stage, we had to tackle the very high precision of the elements’ incorporation into the building in order to reflect the architects’ design goals as accurately as possible,” says Michał Mrozek, manager of finishing works at Warbud, the general contractor of the investment.

Warbud is also currently working in the main hall of the office building, where the floor is being laid, while outside the building, a stone is being laid around the property – it will soon become a part of the green-filled urban area, accessible to all city residents. The culmination and gem of the building is Skybar, located on two storeys at 165 metres high, with an amazing view of the Warsaw skyline.

“Skybar will be a public place for relaxation and special events. It will be used by both the users of the office building and the city residents. After the opening of Skybar, we will all admire the skyline of Warsaw on 4 sides of the world from 41st and 42nd floor,” says Andrzej Lany, Director of Asset Management at Karimpol Polska.

Thanks to the fully glazed facade of the building and the short distance from the core to the facade, the office building will offer potential tenants an excellent view of the city. A foretaste of Skyliner’s capabilities is a representative showroom located on the 23rd floor of the building. The showroom is equipped with an integrated control system, which enables to control lighting, temperature and window blinds.

“Skyliner’s office space has been designed to give future tenants the possibility of flexible arrangement. The lack of columns in the corners of the building will create spectacular corner offices, while the limited number of columns on the floors will allow for comfortable division of space into offices and open space. One of the elements which will distinguish the building will be its excellent daylight illumination. It has been achieved mainly thanks to the facade – full glazing from floor to ceiling and the height of rooms which will be 2.8 metres from floor to ceiling,” comments Andrzej Lany.

Konrad Bloch office building with certificate

The office building in Katowice was awarded the prestigious, international BREAAM International certificate at the Outstanding level, which is awarded to energy-efficient buildings where working comfort is prioritised.

The Konrad Bloch office building, which is part of the GPP Business Park complex, received the highest number of points in Poland in the certification process. “The idea of creating a unique place in terms of energy and environmental impact has been guiding us from the very beginning of developing the complex,” says Mirosław Czarnik, President of GPP Business Park S.A. “However, the construction of sustainable buildings is not only a matter of applying the latest technologies, it is primarily about greater comfort of work and lower operating costs for users,” he adds.

The BREAAM certificate is a multi-criteria tool for verifying the level of influence of a building on its surroundings and the use of the latest technologies and sustainable solutions. It is currently one of the most frequently used methods of evaluating buildings in terms of green solutions in Europe. It was created in 1990 by the British BRE organisation (Building Research Establishment). The criteria for the building evaluation include a number of aspects: land use, energy consumption, materials used, protection against emissions, waste and water and sewage management, innovation and facility management, as well as health and comfort of the user or transport. The Outstanding rating is the highest rating available in the BREEAM system. It is difficult to achieve due to the need to implement non-standard requirements in all categories. To receive such a high rating, more than 85% of all certification requirements must be met to ensure the health and well-being of the facility users and the environment.

“Having the BREAAM certificate with the highest possible rating definitely increases the value of the building. Many companies and corporations apply an environmental policy for their activities and are willing to locate their headquarters in a facility whose nature will be consistent with their approach. It is often even a requirement for the company’s headquarters to have such a certificate because it means greater comfort of work in the building,” says Mirosław Czarnik, President of GPP Business Park.

Completed in 2019, the Konrad Bloch building is the only plus-energy office building in Poland in the field of ventilation, heating and hot water preparation. This means that it produces more energy than it needs. It uses a system of trigeneration and heat pumps as well as photovoltaic panels to increase energy production capacity from renewable energy sources. The original BMS (Building Management System) controls blinds, lighting and ventilation of office space in one network. This allows to increase energy efficiency and adjust the system more closely to the needs of tenants. Thanks to these technologies and the use (at the construction stage) of improved materials with a lower heat transfer coefficient, it has been possible to reduce the costs of media usage by over 50%.

Active cooling and heating beams with individual temperature control are used in offices. Fresh air is provided by an air handling unit with heat and moisture recovery, which decreases the energy consumption. Moreover, the air handling unit keeps the air humidity within the range of 40-60%, which is most beneficial for healthy human functioning. In the process of air humidifying, silver ions are used to eliminate microorganisms, bacteria, viruses and fungi. The design of the ventilation and air-conditioning system for the Konrad Bloch building won the main prize of the PASCAL 2020 awards, granted by the Polish Ventilation Association.

“Research shows that such excellent air quality directly translates into the well-being of users, increasing their work efficiency by 20-40%. It has also been confirmed that appropriately purified and humidified air reduces morbidity and upper respiratory tract problems by up to 20-30%,” says Mirosław Czarnik. “Air quality in office spaces has been extremely important for us from the very beginning. During the pandemic, these indicators have additionally gained in importance as they directly translate into the health and safety of employees,” he adds.

The latest energy-saving technologies, high user comfort, reduced operating costs – could anything else be done to make the building greener? Yes. Bird and bat shelters and a hotel for insects have been installed in the complex. The roofs of the office buildings were covered with plants (sedums) and an apiary was built on the Konrad Bloch building.

“The BREAAM certificate at the Outstanding level is a great honour for us. It confirms our belief that in 2005 we made a good decision to transform the areas destroyed by industry into a modern zone of economic activity and innovation focused on technological development in line with the environmental trend. This trend-setting in energy-efficient construction gives satisfaction, but also a sense of responsibility. I would like to thank everyone who has worked hard for this success for several years,” says Mirosław Czarnik.

Modern office building to be built in Włocławek

A modern office building will be built in Włocławek as a part of the Fabryka Programme. The local government and the Operator ARP will be responsible for the project. On 1 October, the Włocławek city authorities and the company’s management signed a letter of intent.

This document is another milestone on the road to the implementation of the project, which is a modern office and service complex in Włocławek. A facility complying with high standards will be built as part of the Fabryka Programme aimed at activating the potential of Polish medium-sized towns.

“The agreement signed today gives me great satisfaction and shows that good cooperation between the government and local authorities is possible, especially in such an important aspect as improving the quality of life of Polish people. The main objective of the Fabryka Programme is to give a positive, pro-developmental impulse to cities that need new, attractive jobs in order to stop the outflow of their inhabitants. I hope that thanks to the determination of the local authorities and public support, Włocławek will get a facility which will become an important centre of activity for entrepreneurs from the whole region,” emphasised Anna Gembicka, Deputy Minister of Funds and Regional Policy.

In order to develop the office and service complex, a company will be established whose shareholders will be the local authorities and the Operator ARP sp. z o.o.. The state-owned company will provide financing for the investment, while the contribution of the local authorities will be the land on which the office building will be constructed.

– We offered two locations that meet the investor’s expectations. We wanted to select places where the construction of a modern office building will fit in with the spatial planning and at the same time meet logistic criteria. I hope that the investment will contribute to the development of entrepreneurship and will improve the attractiveness of the local labour market. As a local authority, we will make every effort to ensure that the task can be completed efficiently and on time – said Marek Wojtkowski, Mayor of Włocławek.

“I am pleased that Włocławek has joined the group of cities participating in the Fabryka Programme today. The Programme responds to the needs of cities which often remained in the shadow of the largest metropolises. By implementing the objectives of the Strategy for Responsible Development, ARP S.A. wants to direct the investment impulse also to smaller cities with large but unfulfilled potential. I am convinced that the first investment will entail further investments and open a completely new chapter in the socioeconomic development of Włocławek,” said Paweł Kolczyński, Vice-President of the Industrial Development Agency.

Facilities to be built under the Fabryka Programme must respond primarily to the expectations of modern business. This means that they must meet a number of criteria such as: attractive location, good communication links with other parts of the city, and availability of retail and service infrastructure.

“Until recently, the office market was perceived from the perspective of the largest Polish cities. Today, thanks to a coherent economic policy at the central level, this approach is changing. We are an entity that not only pursues business objectives, but combines them with our mission. We want to invest in Włocławek as it has great potential. It is the third largest city in the Kujawy-Pomerania Province, centrally located, adjacent to a large transport junction. This makes it worth investing here, it is worth building modern office space in which IT centres, outsourcing centres and hi-tech companies can be established. Their presence in the city will keep young, creative people there, and they will not have to emigrate for work to larger cities. We hope that the commercial success of our investment will attract private investors to the city,” noted Mariusz Domeradzki, President of the Operator ARP.

The Fabryka Programme is based on supporting medium-sized cities by building modern, perfectly equipped office and service buildings there. According to the “business attracts business” principle, both the presence of reputable companies and well-qualified staff will attract more companies, not only from the modern business services sector, but also those using the services of this industry.

Operator ARP is a subsidiary of Industrial Development Agency S.A. Its tasks include asset optimisation, but also effective land and facility management. The company’s offer includes attractive investment areas located in Częstochowa, as well as facilities all over Poland, including Gdynia, Bydgoszcz, Warsaw, Wrocław, Świdnica, Skarżysko-Kamienna and Gliwice.

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