Software company Eset has definitively obtained the premises of the former military hospital in the locality of Patrónka in western Bratislava. The Interior Ministry has accepted the bid of €26.2 million that it offered in the auction on April 27 . Eset made the highest offer while the disappointed bidders were the Forespo Reality 10 company and the Forest Hill Company. The Interior Ministry still had to confirm the sale. It had 15 days do so.
“The Interior Ministry as well as the management of the hospital decided to accept the bid by Eset,” said Ivan Netík, spokesperson of the Interior Ministry, as cited by the TASR newswire.
Zuzana Hošalová, spokesperson for Eset, confirmed that the company were given the decision by the Interior Ministry on May 12.
The Interior Ministry has been searching for a new owner for the nine-hectare premises of the former military hospital, via a public tender since last September. The auction was part of the fourth round of the tender promulgated by the St Michal’s hospital controlled by the Interior Ministry.
The former military hospital remained empty after the Interior Ministry built St Michal’s hospital in downtown Bratislava in 2015. The ministry wants to use the money obtained from the sale for the expansion of the new hospital and the purchase of equipment.
Eset, number five in the world in the production of security solutions for computers and other devices and number one in the EU, plans to build a new R&D campus. It is prepared to invest as much as €100 million into the new site, plus the money invested in the purchase of the land.
Before the auction Eset published a preliminary visualisation of the centre prepared by architects from the a11 atelier.
“The proposal shows the existing potential of this place and indicates that we could build something exceptional here, something that has the potential to become a characteristic feature of this country,” said Hošalová.
When designing a new R&D centre, the architects were inspired by the headquarters of the Apple company in Sillicon Valley.
They proposed the new centre bordering with the popular Železná Studnička recreation area to consist of buildings in the shape of circles with a lot of greenery. They would house a new headquarters for Eset, labs for students, a centre for startups and a kindergarten for the children of Eset employees, while other features like underground garages, a sports pavilion, an auditorium for 700 people and cycle paths would also be available to the general public. Eset’s idea also includes pulling down the current five-metre-high noise insulation wall and opening the premises to the public.