Unirii View, the 18,000 m2 office tower developed by Belgian investor Yves Weerts in downtown Bucharest, is advancing steadily and the underground works are expected to be finalized in Q2 2017. The building targets the Excellent ranking under the new BREEAM 2016 sustainability regulations, being the first project in Romania to register for certification under the new, stricter assessment methodology.
The construction works for Unirii View started in October 2016 and are expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2018. The development is advancing at a steady pace, with circa 60 people working on the site on a daily basis. At present, works on special foundations are nearing completion, with slurry walls and piling already completed and the general excavation works well underway. The construction of the underground parking, representing the first phase of the development process, will continue in the next three 3 months and the building is expected to reach ground zero in July. The general contractor appointed for the works is Bog’Art, one of the most reputable and timely constructors in Bucharest.
Boasting a strategic location on Corneliu Coposu Boulevard, 3 minutes away from Unirii Square, Unirii View has a total built area of 26,880 m2 and a total leasable area of approximately 18,000 m2. The building comprises 19 upper floors, including the ground floor, 17 office floors and a mechanical penthouse, plus 3 underground parking levels. Upon completion, Unirii View will dominate downtown Bucharest, being among the tallest and greenest office buildings in Bucharest. The total investment is estimated at approximately 33 million euro.
“Uniri View will be the most important new commercial development in the Unirii area, recognized as “Km 0” in Bucharest in terms of transportation links and connections towards all sectors in the city. Our vision is to develop a destination project that has been long awaited by many companies: a place in the center of the city, where tenants can grow their business, inspire their teams and build their brands, while maintaining the work-life balance. In doing so, we pay a close attention to the comfort of our future occupants and to the overall sustainability of the building; for these reasons, we chose to undertake one of the strictest green certification assessments in the market”, states Yves Weerts, the project investor.
Unirii View is the first building in Romania to apply for BREEAM certification under the 2016 standards. The new BREEAM regulations launched last year are considered to be much stricter than previous versions. This means that the assessment of Unirii View will take into consideration higher standards, as the reference criteria seek further into the future, and the same ranking according to the old standards would most probably result in a lower ranking under the 2016 standard. The consultant in charge with the certification process is BuildGreen, Romania’s leading advisor in the field of development, design and certification of green buildings.
“Unirii View will be the first project in Romania to receive a BREEAM 2016 certificate, as it was the first project to register for the sustainability assessment under the new version. The applicable certification scheme is BREEAM International 2016 Office Core & Shell, which requires stricter criteria in comparison with previous versions”, explains Razvan Nica, Managing Director BuildGreen.
The key advantage of the project consists of its strategic location in Unirii Square, the largest commercial area and main transport hub of Bucharest, which ensures excellent access to public transport and a myriad of amenities – all representing key premises during the sustainability assessment. The building is served by Unirii View metro station, 4 tram lines, 9 bus lines and 1 airport express line connecting Unirii View with virtually all areas in the city. To complete the picture, over 300 parking spaces will be assigned to the users of the building (168 spots in-house, plus 150 assigned spots in Unirea Shopping Center parking, with options to extend).
Since the inception of the project, the Unirii View team has been focusing on advanced technologies and building systems that guarantee the future comfort of the occupiers and the sustainable functionality of the property. The building’s central location, unparalleled visibility in downtown Bucharest and excellent technical features attracted the interest of a wide array of potential tenants and the developer is now in advanced stages of negotiations with several companies.
PROJECT FACTS & FIGURES:
Height: 72.64 m (the most visible building in downtown Bucharest)
Plot Area – 2,564 m2
Total Built Area – 26,880 m2
19 Upper Floors: 17 Office Floors + Ground Floor with retail area + mechanical penthouse
3 Underground Parking Levels
Total GLA 17,941 m2
Upon completion, Unirii View will reveal a class A office building, polygon shaped, with 17 upper office floors, a ground floor with retail area offering services and amenities for tenants, as well as 3 underground parking levels. With a free spanning floor of up to 12 m (no intermediate columns), Unirii View thus achieves the largest column-free office space in Bucharest, obtained through groundbreaking post-tensioning techniques.
Unirii View will offer above-standard layout (no columns or structural elements on the floor) and technical specifications from the base-build, such as wiring, a 2.9 m clear height, generator capacities for tenants and openable windows, completed by a 1:8 ratio ventilation system. The building has a unitary design, with column-free office space and floor-to-ceiling windows offering amazing 360o views over the city and an efficient space layout with unlimited arrangement options.
With a look & feel that reminds of New York classic office properties, Unirii View will thus address the needs of tenants looking for visibility, compliance to international workplace & CSR standards, while being efficient and well served by the plethora of restaurants and services in the area. Over 350 facilities are within walking distance, including two shopping centers and the entire “legal district” surrounding the development.