HB Reavis and Make Architects to Design New Development of the Apollo Business Centre I in Bratislava
Award-winning UK architecture practice Make Architects has been appointed to design a state- of-the art office building in Bratislava’s Central Business District. HB Reavis has been chosen as development manager of the new mixed-use scheme which will be developed on the site of the current Apollo Business Centre I.
The plan is to build on the site a new development similar in size to the existing one that will include office, retail and leisure amenities, catering to Bratislava’s growing businesses as well as the local community.
Pavel Trenka, CEO of HB Reavis Group, commented: „I can confirm HB Reavis Slovakia will be the future developer of the project. We are actively trying to find the best resolution for this site and reestablish most convenient conditions for the whole neighborhood. Apollo Business Center I needs a complex change, with regard to the construction mistake in the original project – the building is already technologically outdated and a new scheme is a better solution than refurbishing the current one. Our goal now is to create a new gateway to Prievozska street, flawlessly meeting current trends and bringing added value to tenants and the whole community.“
The appointed architecture practice, Make Architects, are an award-winning UK firm, founded in 2004 by Ken Shuttleworth, former partner at Foster + Partners. Make is well-known for challenging convention and pursuing design excellence. Make Architects is internationally recognized for its iconic and timeless portfolio with designs such as 40 Leadenhall Street, in Central London. Make has offices in London, Hong Kong and Sydney, with over 150 staff worldwide.
Partnering with Make reinforces HB Reavis’ commitment to good design. The international developer is currently working with a portfolio of leading architects and designers across Europe. In London, schemes are underway with John Robertson Architects – a new office building at 33 King William Street, in the very heart of the City, a step away from London Bridge – and Denton Corker Marshall – a modern office scheme at 20 Farringdon Street, catering to the needs of clients from the tech and creative sectors. HB Reavis Group also cooperates with other top architectural practices Foster & Partners and Benoy.
Adrian Rác, CEO of HB Reavis Slovakia, ads: “Since Apollo Business Centre I completed in 2005, Bratislava has become an even more sophisticated and desired destination for both local and global
businesses. A recent report by Cushman & Wakefield notes that job creation over 2015-17 is expected to grow at an average of 1.9% per annum, an consequently driving office demand. Alongside Make Architects we look forward to designing and delivering a modern scheme that truly reflects the city’s modern occupiers.”
“We’re delighted to be working with HB Reavis on this ambitious project. As part of the Danube Valley tech cluster, Bratislava is a particularly exciting environment. Our vision for the scheme seeks to establish a virtuous cycle in which high quality space – inspired by the creative culture of the tech and start-up worlds – will attract and maintain the best talent and create a truly iconic business destination,” commented Florian Frotscher, lead architect.
It was announced today that the Apollo Business Centre I will be purchased by Julesburg, which is not a consolidated entity of HB Reavis Group. Slovenská Sporiteľna is the financial partner of the project.