preparations to develop a new park of almost 80,000 sqm
In addition to Ostrava, we have also successfully
developed modern space for companies and businesses.
The landscapes of our region are changing. What are
you doing to make your properties sustainable, and
what impact do applied arts have on construction?
We know that society is changing and that there is an
increasing focus on sustainability. The next generation
rightly demands that we are energy efficient and
socially responsible. We recognize that this trend is only
becoming stronger, which is a good thing. For us, it is
natural to develop sustainable real estate because we are
constructing buildings for long-term ownership. Therefore,
it is in our own best interest to develop projects that are
sustainable over the long-term. As a result, it is in our DNA
to develop only high-quality projects. Our projects are
always developed to the standard of BREEAM Very Good
certification. Also, we are continuing to improve the energy
efficiency of our buildings. Our warehouse facilities in the
Czech Republic are on average 7% more energy efficient
than the market standard, and our production facilities
are 11% more energy efficient. In addition, we invest
heavily in smart buildings, including smart metering, with
the goal of improving energy efficiency. We do this in
close cooperation with our tenants because, in the end,
it will be up to people to manage the facility in the most
(energy) efficient way.
“ The biggest benefit of the region is its
large, educated workforce and the
hard-working mentality of the people
able to develop a new modern office building and deliver
it within their timeframe. We completed the new office
building in 2006 as part of CTPark Ostrava in the Hrabova
commercial zone and they are still operating from the
same space more than 10 years after making the big move.
For us at CTP, investing in Moravia-Silesia has been a great
success which would not have been possible without
the proactive approach of the regional (and national)
authorities in attracting new investors and supporting us
in developing suitable spaces to accommodate these
companies and their employees. For us, it is important that
companies are attracted to the region because they build
the business case for us. Without it we have no business.
So in addition to proactive authorities, the biggest benefit
of the region is its large, educated workforce and the hardworking mentality of the people in Moravia-Silesia.
CTPark Ostrava is an obvious example of not only our
success but also the success of the city of Ostrava and
its people. Since we started development back in 2006,
a total of sixty-nine companies are now active in the park,
providing a total of nearly 4,500 people with fulfilling
jobs. The park is almost full now, and so we are making
Czech companies managed by experienced foreign
professionals seem “innovation incorporated”. What
innovations does your enterprise make come true?
We have to be innovative and always think a few years
ahead of time about what will be the next trend, because
real estate development is a long process—especially in
the Czech Republic due to the unpredictable and lengthy
permitting process—and because we maintain long-term
ownership of our buildings. At a very high level, typical
innovations in CTP have to do with the way buildings are
designed, constructed, and operated.
CTP is one of the most important investors with
Dutch capital in our region. Is your work comparably
significant in terms of social responsibility?
We have to be socially responsible because we are
a major developer and owner of many commercial
buildings in the region. These buildings are very visible,
they have a huge impact on the built-up environment,
and they provide people places where they spend
most of their day, away from their family and friends.
These are the places where future generations will earn
a living. Therefore, we very much feel socially committed
to the region and try to connect in as many ways as
possible, through charities and local partnerships with
chambers of commerce, universities, high schools, and
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