V.Offices, Krakow

From the start of this project, investors AFI Europe wanted a green building that would stand out as an example for the Polish market.

Krakow suffers from smog problem. It is one of Europe’s most polluted city in terms of air quality, being located between mountains and in an area of very low wind. Additionally, the building is located right in the centre of the city.

• A decision was taken not to connect to a local heat network, as the chimneys of the coal-based plant pollute the city. Instead, the investor embarked on another course to limit any further impact on local air quality. This included:
• Installation of a dedicated heat source based on efficient gas boilers, supported by solar collectors on the roof
• Energy efficient building systems throughout the building
• A car sharing system, electric cars charging systems and cyclists facilities in order to encourage building users to use alternative ways of work commuting with no or limited air pollution.
• Specification of low formaldehyde and VOC finishing materials in order to achieve best possible indoor air quality.
• An ISO14001 compliant contractor, to reduce dust and water pollution from building works, as well as to protect local ecology.

The project achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating at design-stage in March 2017, with a score of 90.57%, to date the highest BREEAM certified score in Poland. Moreover this project stands out with the positive and progressive approach from the investor, with the drive to make this building as eco-friendly as possible in an urban environment.
More on this project at www.v-offices.pl/en

Project Team
Client: AFI Europe
Project Management: Turner & Townsend Sp.z.o.o.
Cost Control: Turner & Townsend Sp.z.o.o.
Architect: ILIARD Sp.z.o.o. i Wspolnicy Sp.k.
HVAC Design: Introinstal
Electricity design: OSET
General Contractor: WARBUD S.A.
BREEAM Assessor & AP (design-stage): Turner & Townsend Sp.z.o.o.
BREEAM Assessor & AP (post-construction): SWECO Consulting Sp.z.o.o.

Mennica Legacy Tower, Warsaw

Mennica Legacy Tower office complex is being constructed at the junction of Prosta and Żelazna streets in Warsaw’s city centre.

A 140 metre tall tower, with a neighbouring 43 metre tall Western building, will offer a total of 65,630m2 of modern lease space. Thanks to the large area of a typical floor – 2,000m2 gross – and to the outstanding arrangement flexibility of offices, Mennica Legacy Tower will meet the highest standards of ergonomics.

Developed by Golub GetHouse and Mennica Polska S.A. it will combine unique architecture, functionality and top quality finishing materials. The building project will be provided with a new generation of acoustic ceilings, as well as energy-saving LED lighting with colour similar to natural light. Thermal comfort will be provided by full-height (2.9 m) of 3-pane panels equipped with automatic blinds managed by BMS system.

Much attention was paid to the technical characteristics of glass used on the façade of the building, which will provide adequate sound and heat insulation, and at the same time a high transparent factor of daylight. The design of façade was completed with openable, safe panels, which provide tenants with fresh air. Efficiency of air conditioning and ventilation systems was also essential in terms of ensuring clean indoor air above standards.

Project Team

Client: Golub GetHouse
Cost Control: Hill International
Architect: Goetsch Partners
HVAC Design: Polcon Consulting
Electricity design: Polcon Consulting
General Contractor: Warbud
BREEAM Assessor: Sweco Consulting
BREEAM AP: Sweco Consulting