Construction of the Podium Park office building in Kraków is gaining speed
Warsaw, 20 February 2017
In Kraków, in close proximity to the Kraków University of Technology, University of Physical Education and Tauron Arena, one of Poland’s most modern and innovative office buildings is being built. Construction of the Podium Park started in September 2016 and already in November the reconstruction of the grid and technical infrastructure and construction of diaphragm walls started. Currently work on construction of a two-level underground garage in building A is under way. The work progresses as scheduled. The first building in the complex will be completed already in May 2018.
The Podium Park is a complex of three connected 11-storey office buildings. The total area of the facility will be 65.1 thousand square meters, including 47.6 thousand square meters of office space and 3.1 thousand square meters of commercial space. Each of the three buildings can be a separately operating unit. In addition, as part of the investment project, over 800 parking spaces and over 300 bike spaces will be built.
The complex will be one of the most modern and most environment-friendly office buildings in Poland. From the very beginning of the work on the project the developer has been maintaining the BREEAM certification process at the prestigious Excellent or Outstanding level. As project will feature a number of innovative solutions, for example: green car rental for tenants, 36 charging terminals for electric vehicles (the most in Poland), 5.0 cm glazing windows (outstanding thermal and acoustic parameters), or numerous facilities for bikers (among others, roofed bike stands, lockers, showers, mobile bike repair station).
The offices will be equipped with modern systems and facilities enhancing work comfort. The noise level in the offices will be limited to 40 dB, and thanks to the air-conditioning and ventilation system used, there will be up to 50% more air in the rooms than required by the Polish standards. Supporting efficiency of work station administration, introduction of a Smart hot-desk system is planned to support office space management using a smartphone and the Live chat function, allowing for quick and efficient contact with the building manager. The complex will also have the Beacon sensor system, transmitting notifications about events, facilities and promotions in the building.
Between the buildings there will be two exceptional green courtyards with the area of 1,800 square meters each designed to be attractive throughout the year and support active rest. This space will be enriched by an “urban farming” zone, which will be an ideal place for growing herbs, vegetables and fruit. In the two-level catwalk between the buildings there will also be two green terraces with the area of 725 square meters each equipped with seats and relaxation zones. The greens are designed to combine the space into a harmonious whole while offering detached space for concentration and quiet rest.
The ground floors of each of the buildings will have a spacious 7.5 meter high lobby inspired by the style of the 1950s. The common areas of the complex will form ideal space for informal meetings.
The project is developed by Decon Investment. The conceptual and construction design is provided by the PRC Architekci architect firm and the execution design by URBA Architects. The pre-lock-up stage of building A is being executed by Fabet - Konstrukcje Sp. z o.o. The commercialization of the facility is the responsibility of the consultancy CBRE Sp. z o.o. seated in Warsaw. The overall project is overseen by the project manager Tebodin Poland sp. z o.o.
The Podium Park is being built in Kraków, at the junction of al. Jana Pawła II and ul. Izydora Stella-Sawickiego streets, in the vicinity of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the Kraków University of Technology, University of Physical Education and Tauron Arena. The office building is located in Kraków’s “green and sport basin” in close proximity to recreation areas, the Lotników Polskich Park and sports complexes. In addition, the location of the project guarantees quick and easy commute to the city center. In recent years, the capital of the Małopolska region has grown to become a leader in terms of the number of employees employed in the business services sector, overtaking such cities as Warsaw, Katowice or Wrocław.