Hines starts construction on Centrum Biurowe Neptun office building in Gdansk (PL)

Hines, the international real estate firm, has announced the start of construction on Centrum Biurowe Neptun, a 19-story office building located at 107/109 Grunwaldzka Avenue in the Wrzeszcz district in Gdansk.

Centrum Biurowe Neptun

Completion is expected in the first quarter of 2014.

Budimex S.A. the general contractor, is in the process of demolishing a shopping center currently on the site. Construction on the new class-A building will begin in early 2012 with completion expected in the first quarter of 2014. The project is being funded by the Hines International Real Estate Fund (HIREF).

Centrum Biurowe Neptun was designed by the leading international design firm, Aedas CE, which was chosen by Hines through an architectural competition. The building will contain 170,650 ft² (approx. 15,800 m²) of office and retail space as well as three levels of underground parking for 159 vehicles. The ground floor and podium level will contain a restaurant, a newsstand and tenant conference rooms.

The building's exterior will be clad in glass, aluminum and steel. Full-height windows will provide not only breathtaking views for those looking out, but also excellent access of daylight that will penetrate the building's interior spaces. Floor plates will range in size from 8,500 ft² to 11,000 ft². Raised floors and suspended ceilings will allow for undisturbed distribution of the building's systems and structural cabling, which will make future changes in the configuration of office spaces easier.

"We are delighted to bring this high caliber office building to this quickly developing commercial area in Gdansk's Wrzeszcz district," said Mieczyslaw Godzisz, Managing Director for Hines Poland.

"On the heels of our nearby Quattro Towers, we are delighted to continue our track record of delivering technically sophisticated, architecturally significant buildings."

Hines has also started the building's certification process for BREEAM, a voluntary measurement rating for green buildings that was established in the UK by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). It sets the standards for best practices in sustainable design and has become the measure to describe a building's environmental performance.

Obtaining the BREEAM certificate involves the need to meet several requirements for energy efficiency as well as the entire management process, from the design phase through construction phase and the control during the building's operation.

Hines entered the Poland real estate market in 1997 with the development of Metropolitan, a class-A office building at Pilsudskiego Square in Warsaw. Hines also developed the Impresja apartments in Wilanow, and the Sterlinga Business Center (awarded BREEAM certification) in Lodz, where the firm is also developing the Arboretum residential complex. In Gdansk, Hines developed Quattro Towers, a nearby 16-story luxury residential complex.

Source: Hines

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