TriGranit laid the foundation stone of its first office development in Katowice. Called Silesia for Business (S4B) will be the final element of the mixed-use development project of the company, started 15 years ago and realised on a 30 hectares brownfield area.
The post-mining area today includes a shopping mall and residential estates, while the new office building, providing approximately 25 900 sq. meters gross leasable area and more than 400 parking spaces, is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 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 2008, 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” – Tom Lisiecki, chief executive officer of TriGranit said at the ceremony in Katowice.
TriGranit acts as the developer, while Revetas is the investor of the undertaking. „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” – said Eric Assimakopoulos, founding partner of Revetas.
With an average floor size of 1625 sq. meters 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 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.
It is foreseen that the first tenants will move into the building in the fourth quarter of 2021. Soletanche Polska is now involved in the works being responsible for the construction of underground levels of the building. Silesia for Business was designed by APA Kuryłowicz & Associates (Warsaw) and PA Uszok (Katowice).