Eset gets closer to building a Silicon Valley

The software company won the bid for former hospital grounds in western Bratislava. The purchase opens the way for its plans to build an R&D campus there.

Visualisation of the new R&D Campus of EsetVisualisation of the new R&D Campus of Eset(Source: Courtesy of Eset )

Software company Eset has bought the former site of a hospital in the locality of Patrónka in western Bratislava. Its plans to build a new campus there are therefore likely to materialise in the coming years.

Eset acquired the building after it made the highest offer in an auction with two other bidders, amounting to €26.2 million, the Sme daily reported. The auction took place on the morning of April 27. The disappointed bidders were the Forespo Reality 10 company, controlled by Jozef Tkáč and Ivan Jakabovič from the J&T financial group, and the Forest Hill Company in which the tycoon František Hodorovský has an interest.

"It proceeded in a very pleasant way," Eset PR manager Zuzana Hošalová said as quoted by Sme, adding that the most frequent amount bid was a minimum of €10,000.

Vladimír Salković from Forespo Reality 10 agreed that the auction was correct and fair.

The final sum is almost six millions less than the value of the whole site, which expert opinion estimates at €32 million, Sme wrote.

The company, currently based in the Aupark Tower across the Danube from Bratislava's Old Town, is planning to move all its offices to Patrónka.

Read also:Three firms vie for former hospital grounds

The Interior Ministry still has to confirm the sale and should do so within 15 days, Sme wrote.

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