Brno, Czech Republic / Luxembourg, 1 November 2018
I am extremely delighted that we have succeeded in engaging the public in a broad discussion. People’s comments and suggestions regarding the individual designs are very valuable to us and we appreciate them greatly. The discussion also presents a brilliant opportunity to work together in determining the future look of the Nová Zbrojovka compound, commented Zdeněk Havelka, Executive Director of CPI Property Group.
We received more than 500 votes and comments on Zone 6. I hope that Zone 1, for which the conceptual proposals have just been unveiled, can generate at least the same level of interest, added Zdeněk Havelka. Zone 1 is the largest of Nová Zbrojovka’s six segments. It is located in the northern part of the industrial compound that was once Zbrojovka Brno. The zone’s northern and western boundaries are formed by the River Svitava, while the eastern boundary is determined by a railway corridor. Zone 1 also incorporates two original industrial buildings considered for refurbishment and modernisation with respect for the preserving of the site’s history. One of the buildings, a former tool shop, is already being transformed into a unique nine-storey office complex with three levels of lofts at the top, a terrace offering breathtaking views across Brno’s skyline and more than 19,000 sqm of office space.
The assignment was the same for everyone: preserve the two original industrial buildings, propose new office and leisure-time facilities including associated services, propose adequate parking provisions, determine an area for a modern energy facility to supply the whole area, and preserve previously proposed flood defences.
Voting about proposals of Zone 1 you can find here.
In mid-September 2018, the website dedicated to the Nová Zbrojovka project unveiled designs for the first of the site’s six segments and invited votes and comments. The proposals attracted more than 500 responses over one and half months. The highest number of votes went to a design by Kuba & Pilař architekti (170). Next most-voted-for were designs by TheBüro (138) and Arch.Design (105). As well as casting votes, people also submitted valuable comments and once the individual zones of Nová Zbrojovka have been presented, all the received comments will be evaluated and taken into account.
In addition to online voting, people will also once again have an opportunity to see the submitted architectural designs on display in the City of Brno Architect’s Office at Zelný trh 331/13. The display of large-format panels dedicated to the Zone 1 proposals will open to the public on Monday 12 November. It will remain accessible every Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
CPI PROPERTY GROUP is a leading long-term investor in income-generating real estate, primarily in Czechia, Berlin and the CEE region. The Group’s headquarters are in Luxembourg and its shares are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. CPI Property Group (“CPIPG”) owns and operates a diversified, high-quality real estate portfolio valued at €7 billion as of June 30, 2018. While the largest sectors of the Group are office and retail, CPIPG also has hotels, residential, industrial, agricultural and logistics properties and holds a land bank primarily in Czechia, of which the largest segment is in Prague. Approximately 78 percent of CPIPG’s properties are located in Czechia and Berlin, with the remaining properties in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Croatia and to a lesser extent Switzerland, France, Italy, and Romania. The Group has an asset management team which actively manages the portfolio to improve occupancy rent, and tenant mix. The Group conducts asset management at the headquarters level, and at the local level for all key segments and geographies. Currently, CPIPG is the largest office landlord in Prague, the largest retail landlord in Czech Republic, the largest office landlord in Berlin and second largest residential landlord in the Czech Republic. The Group’s strategy is focused on our core geographies of Czechia and Berlin, with continued selective investments in CEE and other segments where we can add value. CPIPG has a conservative financial policy which supports the Group’s investment grade credit ratings.