Olivia Four, an office building of the Olivia Business Centre complex in Gdańsk, was granted the BREEAM ecological certificate with a very high rating of “Excellent”. The same rating as awarded e.g. the highest and most modern building in London: The Shard which is over 300 metres high.
BREEAM is a popular system to assess building quality in terms of energy efficiency, the quality of the internal environment, standards of the construction process, applied materials and transport accessibility. Scores are awarded in ten core categories: energy, materials, waste, contamination, health and well-being, water, transport, site development and ecology, management, innovation.
80% of all buildings in Poland are BREEAM certified so a conclusion may be drawn that this is the system which is most trusted by the sector. In 2013 the criteria became more restrictive and since that time high scores have become even more difficult to achieve. BREEAM certificates are awarded on the basis of a report made by a licenced assessor who additionally takes into account the specific features of the region during the certification process.
“Olivia Four with success passed the two-stage process of BREEAM certification. At the design stage, the office building was rated Excellent. The second stage consisted in verification of the awarded rating after the building has been completed. I am happy to say that we not only maintained the result but it was improved which was shown in the awarded score. We scored high as a result of the construction works being performed in an environment-friendly manner, application of high quality materials, application of technical solutions to generate an excellent characteristics of the building, use of modern technologies to control the systems in the building,” says Jerzy Oskroba, construction director of the Olivia Business Centre.
Olivia Four is an eleven-storey class A office building being the fourth investment stage of the Olivia Business Centre. Its characteristic white glass form hosts over 14,700 square metres of office space. Since the commissioning of Olivia Four in March 2014, offices were opened in the building by such companies as: Acxiom, Allianz, Atos Polska, Avaus Marketing Innovation, Barona HR Services, Black Pearls VC, Broadridge, Competence Call Center, Epam Systems, Generali, HK Finance, infoShare Academy, LOTOS Air-BP, Martela, Moore Stephens, Omida, Playsoft, Quad/Graphics, Schibsted Tech Polska.
“Olivia Four is another building in the Olivia Business Centre rated as BREAAM Excellent. This is evidence of the top quality of the offices offered by us. Our buildings have been very well received by the market. Olivia Four has been rented in over 95%. The commercialisation process of the Olivia Business Centre has been progressing very fast. Now offices are rented by about 100 companies and we are involved in advance negotiations with another dozen or so companies”, says Maciej Kotarski, rental director at the Olivia Business Centre.
Apart from international companies, Olivia Four provides space also for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises. To provide for their needs, the ground, first and second floors of the building have been designed as an accelerator – space for innovation development O4, combining a multimedia conference centre, offices of various size, co-working space and social facilities. Olivia Four also holds a Five canteen. This is the first outlet of the network in the Tricity.
Did you know that …?
- So far only one office building in Poland has scored the top rating in the BREEAM certification – “Outstanding” with a minimum number of excess points and on a project originally set to satisfy the criteria of the rating.
- With mica micro crystals the façade of the building glitters in the sun. Due to its snow white colour, the building was originally to be called Olivia White; however, a finally poetic name was selected which proved more practical – Olivia Four. Snow white is the dominant colour in the main lobby
- The main lobby of the Olivia Four building is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Tricity. It is lined with the Tuscany Bianco Carrara marble and Spanish Nero Marquina marble. In the lobby there is iconic Barcelona furniture, designed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe for the international exhibition in Barcelona in 1929.