New business center to offer top-quality office space, air conditioning, express elevators

The Bratislava Business Center (BBC), which opened its doors in January 1997 is expected to expand by September 1999, when it will finish a third wing and offer a total of 24,720 m2 of what its planners are saying is luxurious office and retail space.
The BBC III project began last March as part of two phases. The first was the reconstruction of the already existing two-wing building on Prievozská ulica. That reconstruction, expected to be finished this September, will provide 3,140 m2 of space. The second stage involving the construction of the third wing was started in May 1998 and is expected to be completed by September 1999. The addition will add another 21,580 m2, increasing the overall space of the BBC to 45,000 m2.


Bratislava Business Center III, to open on October 1, will offer office space with air conditioning and seven express elevators.
Courtesy of HB Reavis

The Bratislava Business Center (BBC), which opened its doors in January 1997 is expected to expand by September 1999, when it will finish a third wing and offer a total of 24,720 m2 of what its planners are saying is luxurious office and retail space.

The BBC III project began last March as part of two phases. The first was the reconstruction of the already existing two-wing building on Prievozská ulica. That reconstruction, expected to be finished this September, will provide 3,140 m2 of space. The second stage involving the construction of the third wing was started in May 1998 and is expected to be completed by September 1999. The addition will add another 21,580 m2, increasing the overall space of the BBC to 45,000 m2.

The BBC III is striving to maintain what its developers, HB Reavis Group, say are top-quality standards set by BBC I and II. The air conditioned, carpeted complex with seven express elevators will feature security, a restaurant, a bar, a bank, an insurance company, 550 telephone lines and other services. The cost of rent, Reavis officials say, is average for office space of this type - a lease per square meter of office space comes to 7,500 Sk/year, while storage space goes for 3,500 Sk/year. The center will have a congress hall for 300 people.

Parking at the BBC III will accommodate 410 cars, and reserved parking lots will be available for 3,000 Sk/month.

HB Reavis Group, which was in charge of BBC I and II, guarantees that their experience will help avoid any possible problems with building the new complex. "We were chosen because we have experience with projects of this kind," said Juraj Santus, HB Reavis Group's co-owner.

Among the clients that will sign contracts, according to HB Reavis officials, are a gas station chain, a pharmaceutical and telecommunications company and the insurance company AIG Slovakia.

AIG Slovakia a.s., a daughter company of the American Insurance Group Inc., is planning to take its 200 m2 by October 1.

"We chose this building because we like the fact that it is not in the immediate city center, and we think it is a comfortable and very well-equipped building," said Marek Jankovič, the General Manager of AIG Slovakia. "We had other offers, but the services and conditions at the BBC III are very good."

"[Most of the BBC clients are] foreign companies, who are interested in a high standard for their work environment," Santus said. "[Therefore] it has to be comparable with standards abroad."

Santus continued that part of its appeal to companies is the convenience it provides for its tenants. "The companies' employees don't have to go and look for the closest place to eat, for instance" he said. "They can get all they need within the BBC. Then they are more efficient at work."

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