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First BREEAM In-Use rated office building in Central Asia

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Park View Office Tower in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan has become the first office building in Central Asia to gain a certificated rating to the internationally recognised BREEAM In-Use sustainability standard.

A large business centre in the heart of Almaty’s historic city centre, Park View Office Tower attained a ‘Very Good’ rating for Building Management under BREEAM In-Use International.

‘Park View Office Tower is an excellent example of what can be achieved with a responsible and sustainable approach to the building management process,’ says Lukasz Skowronski, Commercial Director at Global Development, the building’s owner and a leading player in Kazakhstan’s commercial real estate market. ‘Obtaining BREEAM In-Use certification was a great experience for our team, and has confirmed the top class status of our building.’

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The 1052m2 of leasable office space on each level of this sixteen-floor building is reported to be highly sought-after by firms based in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan and a major commercial and cultural centre. The buildings also has a canteen, food court, restaurant and cafeteria facilities, a hi-tech meeting and conference room and free Wi-Fi zone. Park View was also recognised as “The Best Grade-A Office Building in Kazakhstan” at the annual awards of the Commercial Real Estate Week, recently held in Astana.

BREEAM In-Use assessments are carried out by an international network of independent, licensed assessors such as Drees & Sommer who audited Park View Office Tower. ‘We are constantly working with the best real estate consultancies to help us implement the best practices in our day-to-day operations,’ says Lukasz Skowronski, ‘and that is why we chose Drees & Sommer as our project consultants and licensed assessors.’

For more information please contact Linda McKeown, BRE, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk

Notes for Editors

1. BREEAM is the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for buildings and communities. More than 425,000 certificates have been issued under BREEAM on more than 24,000 projects around the world, and 1.9 million buildings and communities are registered for certification. BREEAM is used in more than 70 countries. More information at www.breeam.com

2. BREEAM In-Use is a scheme to help building managers, investors, owners and occupiers reduce the running costs and improve the environmental performance of existing non-domestic buildings. BREEAM In-Use International is the most widely used assessment scheme for existing buildings in Europe. Suitable for assessing assets anywhere in the world, it has already been used in more than 25 countries.  www.breeam.com/inuse

3. Global Development is one of the leading players in the commercial real estate market in Kazakhstan. The company was established in 2003 and has been managing business centres in major cities in Kazakhstan (Almaty, Astana and Kokshetau), for twelve years. With a portfolio comprising 9 business centres totalling almost 55,000 sq. m GBA, Global Development is one of the largest and most prominent landlords in the Central Asian commercial real estate market. The company has gained valuable experience through the successful completion of a number of office projects, which fulfill the high expectations of its tenants and meet the stringent requirements of international companies across all business sectors. Global Development’s HQ, and flagship business centre, is located in Almaty – Park View Office Tower, 77 Kunaeva Street. www.gdc.kz

4.BREEAM assessor organisation Drees & Sommer was founded in Germany 45 years ago, and for more than ten years has provided services in project management, engineering and consulting throughout Russia and CIS countries. Projects include the construction of the largest entertainment and shopping centre in Europe “Aviapark”, new production sites for a global food and pet feedstuff brand manufacturer, the magnificent manmade island New Holland and construction of the luxury hotels Marriott and Kempinski, as well as car centres for BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.  www.dreso.com

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