"Office's vacancy rate in Prague is currently at a historic minimum somewhere around 5%. Thus, it might seem that office complexes do not have to compete for their tenants, but the opposite is true. Czech and international companies always carefully consider the location of their head offices. One of the reasons is the current lack of manpower on the market, thus prime office buildings, their fittings and work environment, together with the surrounding infrastructure become an important tool in the acquisition of new employees and for keeping existing employees. We follow the current trends in the development of office properties and in Avenir Park we are reacting to the changing aesthetic and functional requirements," stated Lukáš Schirl, a partner of Mint Investments Group. Thanks to the revitalisation over the last six months blue chip tenants such as McDonald´s, Dermacol, ING Bank, dormakaba Česko, Biomedica ČS and Cognex Service decided to establish their headquarters in Avenir Park.
Avenir Park is a complex of three office buildings in the established office locality by the metro in Nové Butovice in Prague 5, right next to the Galerie Butovice shopping centre. Its overall leasable space amounts to 25,300 m2 within three buildings. The complex also includes 330 underground parking places, a bike room with showers and change rooms, which is seeing a lot more use thanks to the nearby cycling path, a restaurant and also an expansive landscaped garden for work and relaxation, where you can sit with a notebook on a bench, relax on the grass and discuss matters with colleagues in a less formal atmosphere or play ping pong, for instance. Mint Investments has actually invested the most in the garden and other common areas such as the entrance receptions. "This year we will be continuing: the cafeteria, the common spaces on the individual floors being the next stage. For the spring and summer seasons, we are planning on expanding the offer of meals to include culinary specialities from a food truck," stated Milan Korbelář, a Senior Asset Manager of the Mint Group. "We are aware that a quality work environment is absolutely essential for the health and mental well-being of the employees. That is why, in the Avenir Park offices, we make sure the tenants can have them precisely the way they expect them: they can combine open space with small separate offices and, thanks to several independent entrances and receptions, they can arrange their offices horizontally and vertically. We give companies in the complex the chance to grow: up to 3,500 m2 can be leased on a single floor. The employees can set up their workplaces however they need: for example, with individual temperature regulation per workplace, with the use of internal blinds or with natural ventilation through openable windows," concluded Milan Korbelář.
The investment, development and leasing company IMMORENT ČR was behind the construction of the Avenir Park office complex, completing the project in 2004. Avenir Park received the prestigious "Best of Realty - Nejlepší z realit" award in 2008 in the category of New Office Centres for Phase III. It subsequently received BREEAM certification for environmentally friendly buildings.
About Mint Investments Group
Mint Investments Group has been operating on the market since 2002 and it is one of the leading real estate investors in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The total value of the property it manages exceeds EUR 650 million. Mint Investments offers a complete range of services connected with real estate investments. Its team of more than 60 professionals resolves all financial, legal and technical aspects of the management of investment properties and development projects. The Group is owned by five partners, who all have long-term experience in important international financial and real estate companies. The key mission of Mint Investments is to generate above-average yields for investors while minimising the risks. It manages the funds of large institutional investors and several private investors. Mint Investments Group has been primarily active in the retail and office property segments. In these areas, for example, it recently completed the acquisition of the Prague office building Florenc Office Center for the South Korean financial group Shinhan Investment Corporation. It is the first direct acquisition of an investor from South Korea on the Czech prime real estate market. In light of the current developments on the real estate market, Mint Investments is planning on entering the residential market.
About Tristan Capital Partners
Tristan Capital Partners (TCP) is an independent investment boutique with its headquarters in London. It is considered one of the leaders of the European real estate market. It has more than 100 employees and operates in 8 offices throughout Europe. The key managers of the TCP team have been working together for more than 18 years and manage investments exceeding EUR 14.2 billion in 10 funds. The TCP team has experience with investment management and the administration of a portfolio of more than EUR 25 billion. During the course of its operations on the real estate market, it built a reputation for increasing its clients' capital over several market cycles.
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