TriGranit gathered third FIABCI Award
Bonarka Project recognized as Silver Winner at the “Oscars” of the property industry
After winning already two FIABCI Awards in the past, TriGranit gathered its third FIABCI recognition with its Polish Bonarka Project. The Bonarka Project of TriGranit, which consists of 92,300 sqm GLA Bonarka City Center retail and entertainment center and Bonarka for Business office complex (B4B) in Krakow, Poland, has been awarded Silver Winner under the Master Plan Category at the prestigious FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards 2018, also known as the global “Oscars” of the real estate industry. FIABCI, the Paris-based International Real Estate Federation, acknowledges the most outstanding real-estate projects all over the world. The high-level jury this year included 58 experts from 35 countries, representing various branches of the real-estate sector. As is traditional, the FIABCI jury announces the World Gold Winners in 13 categories and the World Silver Winners in 10 categories.
TriGranit’s Award is outstanding in the history of FIABCI as Polish project had never won any FIABCI prize before and it is the first time for a Hungarian developer gathering recognition with its project abroad. Besides this World Silver Prize, TriGranit has an outstanding track record at the FIABCI Awards, as previously two Hungarian developments had won the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence International Awards as World Gold Winners – the Palace of Arts of Budapest in 2006 and WestEnd City Center, Budapest in 2001.
“Being acknowledged by the world’s most prestigious award with a Polish project has been a much-desired achievement for TriGranit, after winning the Award with two Hungarian developments in the past. This recognition is a great honor for us, as well as good feedback to our corporate efforts and unique approach to our developments. TriGranit’s aim is to proceed with the development of Bonarka Project with the remaining office buildings and with other quality Class-A office and retail developments in the CEE region,” said Árpád Török, CEO of TriGranit.
Currently, the development of the Bonarka Project in Krakow continues with the construction of Building H in B4B with 10,000 sqm GLA, which is expected to be handed over in 2019. The closing phases of the Class-A office complex, building I and J are also in the pipeline with also 10,000 sqm of GLA each, while the Millennium Gardens office building in Budapest is ready to be launched soon with 37,000 sqm GLA. The company’s Slovakian pipeline development, Lakeside Park II in Bratislava will have 13,700 sqm of leasable Class-A office space. The fourth planned project in the CEE region will be Silesia Offices, an office development that will be constructed in two phases in Katowice, Poland with 40,000 sqm GLA. With these developments, TriGranit’s office pipeline exceeds altogether 120,000 sqm GLA in three CEE cities.
FIABCI, the Paris-based International Real Estate Federation founded in 1949 is nowadays the most prestigious organisation in the real estate industry in the world. The annual FIABCI Prix d’ Excellence Awards was started in 1992 and is considered the most prestigious international award as well as the “Oscars” in property development ever since.
About Bonarka Project
The Bonarka Project in Krakow, Poland is a multifunctional city center development located in the Podgórze district, which consists of Bonarka City Center retail and entertainment center with 92,300 sqm GLA and Bonarka for Business office complex comprised of seven Class-A offices with 65,000 sqm GLA at its current stage. The development, which is close to the historical center of Krakow and the city’s main arteries is a good example of TriGranit’s classic brownfield projects, as it was carried out on heavily degraded, post-industrial land, after TriGranit purchased and fully recultivated the 19 ha area. The first building, Bonarka City Center retail and entertainment center was opened in 2009. Since then, it has become one of the most popular shopping centers in Poland and one of the company’s flagship projects. The building has nearly 260 retail units with tenants like Auchan, Leroy Merlin, Cinema City and Media Expert and provides space for the educational Youth Center “Siemacha spot”, which has multifunctional, educational, multimedia and musical classrooms as well as a conference room. After the delivery of BCC, TriGranit continued the development of the Bonarka Project with the delivery of the first phase office buildings (A and B) in 2011. By this time, buildings A, B, C, D, E, F and G are already completed, providing 65,000 sqm GLA to the tenants, and the next building (H) is under construction. Due to the active office market in Krakow, a further 2 buildings (I and J) are planned to be built in the coming years. 6 of the B4B buildings (A, B, C, D, E and G) are operating with a 100% occupancy rate since their opening with prestigious tenants like Alexander Mann Solutions, State Street, Euroclear, Pegasystems, Herbalife Nutrition, Lufthansa Global Business Services, Innogy, SolarWinds, Global Logic and Luxoft. Ultimately, Bonarka for Business will offer altogether 10 office buildings with a total leasable area of 95,000 sqm with a value of EUR 200 million. In between Bonarka City Center and Bonarka for Business there is an urban interior linking them together – a central street and square – reminiscent of the function and character of a traditional urban plaza. At the outskirts of the development there are numerous green areas. Users can enjoy well designed and maintained, open to the public access green areas as well as more ‘wild‘ greenery separating the area from communication arteries. This well-designed public space has won numerous awards, including “artURBANICA 2012”.