23. October 2019
For many years, construction experts have been trying to innovate how cement is produced. The Czech company ERC-Tech has recently made great strides and together with Skanska it developed a new type of concrete that is entirely made of recycled construction debris. This unique Czech patent has the potential to revolutionize both the construction industry and the environment.
Although not obvious at first glance, demolition rubble and debris is a major problem—it accounts for almost half of all waste generated in the Czech Republic. Only one tenth of the rubble is used for other purposes, which is a shamefully low number considering how much non-renewable resources are wasted and the high carbon footprint of mining and transporting materials. Construction companies have been trying to recycle construction rubble in part because of the rising costs of sand, gravel, and stone, which increase overall construction costs.
The innovations created by František Polák from ERC-Tech will elegantly solve all of these problems. In collaboration with Skanska’s innovation and development specialists, he invented a material called Rebetong, which has properties similar to concrete, but is made of construction debris instead of sand, grave, and stone. It also has a lower thermal conductivity coefficient than conventional concrete, and so it decreases a building’s energy consumption. For now, the technology and know-how—the way in which the debris is crushed and the special nanoblend added to it—is a closely guarded secret. Skanska is the first construction company in the world that officially manufactures this Czech invention.
Source of photos: Skanska a.s.
21. October 2019
The Real Estate Market Autumn 2019 conference took place on October 17th at the Grandior Hotel in Prague. This time, the theme of the event was the latest trends of the new real estate era. Prokop Svoboda, owner of the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency, took part in the final discussion panel. His presentation was entitled “Premium Segment Prices in a Prague-Wide Context.”
During the course of the conference, panelists discussed the latest topics that the Czech real estate market has been abuzz with. David Kužela from Ernst & Young considered the potential of rental housing projects in the Czech Republic, which are hampered by not being able to deduct VAT and therefore their development has been rather slow. Pavel Sovička, director of Panattoni Europe, spoke about the lack of infrastructure that forces foreign companies to invest instead in neighboring countries. He agreed with Milan Kratina from the Accolade company that investment into infrastructure is crucial for the economic development of the country and that the Czech Republic is lagging behind its neighbors in this area.
There was an interesting debate among the developers and municipal representatives during the panel on public space and participation. Marcel Soural from Trigema pointed out that developers are trying to meet residents’ demands when realizing their new projects, but that they need more support from politicians at the local level and from civil servants.
During the panel on apartments and housing not only in Prague, Petr Michálek, CEO of Skanska Reality, presented a new concept of prefabricated housing that will speed up construction and open the door to people who currently can’t afford to own housing. The owner of the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency, Prokop Svoboda, focused on the other end of the residential housing spectrum, i.e. the premium segment, and more specifically on current premium property prices. According to numerous newspaper articles, it would seem that the average price of an apartment in Prague has risen to the average price of a premium property. However, a closer look at the numbers and prices based on real estate transactions shows that the difference between the two segments continues to be around 40%. Only in Prague 1 and 2 are the averages similar, since both municipal districts are premium locations.
18. October 2019
At the end of September, the recently approved Hradesinska Residence held an open house that allowed participants to view a furnished show flat and enjoy the beautiful views offered by the spacious terrace.
The successfully approved Hradešínská Residence boasts a 1930s atmosphere, superior housing standards, and all the benefits of a peaceful and green neighborhood. During the open house, potential buyers had the opportunity to experience what life could be like in this unique apartment building.
View a video of the open house event.
Residence Hradešínská home staging photos here.
14. October 2019
Construction work is continuing on the Na Petřinách 7 residential project. The scaffolding was removed at the beginning of October, and so the work is continuing on schedule. The January final approval date for the apartment units, which Svoboda & Williams has been put exclusively in charge of selling, is rapidly approaching.
Now that the scaffolding has been taken down, the building’s hand-applied façade that took two months to finish as well as the terraces that face the peaceful garden full of mature trees are revealed. The garden was designed by the famous Atelier Flera, who combined form and function to create the unique space. The Na Petřinách 7 residence is thus another step closer to the final approval date, which, according to the schedule, is planned for January 2020.
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More information on the Na Petřinách 7 project.
10. October 2019
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency mediated the lease of 480 sq. m. of office space in a fully revitalized, creatively redesigned building in the Prague district of Nusle that served in the 20th century as a meat curing facility for Augustin Šebek’s famous sausages. The Six Dots Entertainment Group ticket sales company moved their headquarters into the interesting courtyard building in September.
The Czech company Six Dots Entertainment Group is a leader in the ticket sales business—the Ticketstream, Ticketon, Bohemia Ticket, and Informuji.cz companies and websites fall under it. When founder of Six Dots Entertainment Group Viktor Mastník was looking for new company headquarters, he searched for offices that would go beyond the usual offering of such spaces, and the newly revitalized former meat curing facility in Nusle—a rapidly transforming neighborhood—turned out to be an ideal fit. “For me, an inspiring workspace is one of the most important things in business. When I went to see the meticulously renovated space, I learned about the building’s history and met the architect, Patrik Hoffman. I decided on the spot to take it,“ said the new lessee of the building. “Mr. Mastník was intrigued by the building not only due to its convenient location in Prague 4 (his preferred business district), but also for its atmosphere and truly original design. Our cooperation was easy and smooth from the very beginning,” added Karin Konrádová from Svoboda & Williams.
When renowned architect Patrik Hoffman was redesigning the building, he maintained its industrial genius loci, while giving it a contemporary look. The space combines cement, glass, metal, blue-painted paving stones, and the unique play of light and shadow, which is helped by new windows and skylights. The main feature that recalls the building’s past as a factory is the twenty-meter chimney. Hoffman transformed this space into an original smoking room. Thanks to his painstaking efforts, the four-story building preserved its authenticity and traces of its past. Its distinctive appearance recalls the time when this former cured meat facility was an important spot in Nusle.
10. October 2019
Impressive views, unparalleled luxury, complete privacy, and exquisite comforts—all of this and more is what the two exceptional penthouses at the very top of the V TOWER, Prague iconic skyscraper have to offer. The Luxury Defined by Christie’s International Real Estate magazine added the 866 sq. m. eastern penthouse to its selection of 8 luxury apartments from around the world. All are located at spectacular heights with the best views imaginable. The exclusive selling agent for the two penthouses is Svoboda & Williams.
The penthouses at the top of V TOWER, Prague are positioned higher than any other residence in the Czech Republic. What elevates them over the rest is not just their height of 266 meters above sea level, but also the standards according to which they were built. They offer first-class home technology and equipment, and 24/7 concierge services. Large-format windows and the building’s unique shape, which affords each room with its own access to a balcony or terrace, create a feeling of utter peace. Both penthouses are crowned with a private rooftop terrace with a stainless steel pool. The V TOWER, Prague skyscraper was designed according to the strictest noise reduction, safety, and sustainability criteria, and so Prague can easily stand among cities such as New York, Hong Kong, Toronto, or Sydney, and offer potential buyers from all over the world two trophy properties.
Prospective buyers can view a fully furnished show flat and see for themselves what truly stunning views and amenities this unique building has to offer. Contact our office to schedule a viewing today.
The article in the Luxury Defined by Christie’s International Real Estate magazine.
More information on the penthouses in V TOWER, Prague.
09. October 2019
The timeless family houses of the Dobřejovice Villas residential project offer pleasant living in a peaceful location close to Prague, surrounded by nature and close to full urban amenities. The residences successfully received final approval in September and are currently move-in ready. The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has been exclusive instructed to mediate their sale.
The Dobřejovice Villas residential project consists of 5 spacious family houses, each with a southwest-facing garden and three terraces. The houses, which were designed by architect Miroslav Gebas, have been successfully completed and approved, and so it’s an ideal time for potential buyers to explore them. Each house is equipped with high-quality facilities that fit the project’s elevated standards and includes large-format French windows, three-layer wooden floors, terraces with pinewood surfaces, top-class sanitary ware, and doors with concealed hinges. The Dobřejovice Villas also feature a distinctive interior design, which is helped by their saddle roofs with large skylights. The village of Dobřejovice and its surroundings offers many opportunities for sports and relaxation—a bike path goes right by the villas and Průhonický Park is only a short walk away. Prague is easily accessible, as is the D1 highway.
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More information on the Dobřejovice Villas residential project.
02. October 2019
After a quiet summer season, the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency once again expanded its staff. The Property Management and Marketing departments as well as the Analytics Team all have new members, and new colleagues have been welcomed in the Residential Sales, Residential Rentals, and Commercial Leasing departments.
New Senior Property Manager Petra Řehořková began working in the Property Management Department at the beginning of September. She is a graduate of the University of Economics, Prague with a degree in Business Economics and Management. She has extensive experience in real estate management and worked in this capacity for 2 years in Bohemian Estates. Petra is also well versed in financial analysis. Pavlína Paštová has been our new digital marketing specialist since September. She has a degree in Anglophone Studies from the Metropolitan University Prague and previously worked as a Social Media Manager in GLAMI. This October, Pavel Zadina joined Svoboda & Williams as the agency’s new analyst. He recently held the same position at the Arendon Development Company. Pavel graduated from the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague and lived in Iceland for several months.
The Residential Sales team also expanded at the end of the summer. Jana Kociánová joined the team as a Sales Representative. She studied international business and international relations at the University of Economics, Prague. In addition to English and German, she is an advanced speaker of French. For the last three years, she worked as a marketing manager and also spent several years working in interior design. Kelly Buiová is the newest Letting Representative in the Residential Rentals Department. She has a degree in Human Resources from Newton College Prague and previously worked in production and business development before joining Svoboda & Williams. Aneta Krubnerová recently began working in the Commercial Leasing Department. She studied journalism and new media at the Academy of Journalism, and is an experienced editor and copywriter.
Ester Macháčková is the new receptionist at myhive Flexi Offices, managed by Svoboda & Williams. Ester speaks English and Vietnamese, and has worked as a makeup artist and English teacher.
26. September 2019
The 20th annual international conference CEDEM 2019 took place on September 25th at the Slovanský dům in Prague. The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency was one of the more than two dozen participants that took part in its 6 panel discussions, focusing on the hottest topics and trends in the current Central and Eastern European real estate market across all segments.
The experts addressed the current state of the global economy, which many find difficult to grasp due to recent changes. Despite a number of negative factors, such as Brexit, a stagnant industrial sector, and the overall slowdown and uncertainty in global markets, economists in the Czech Republic are not expecting a major recession or real estate prices to fall significantly. In fact, they are projecting prices to rise further. One of the topics discussed by the panelists was the great potential of rental housing in Prague. With rising property prices, fewer and fewer people can afford to live “in their own place.” However, Prokop Svoboda, owner of Svoboda & Williams, pointed out that this is a natural development that does not necessarily have to be negative. Svoboda believes the greater threats to be the mortgages that a large part of the population will be saddled with as well as rent regulation. The current situation, when owning residential property in Prague is becoming a luxury, reflects a well-balanced Czech real estate market. Any direct interference could tip it in the wrong direction.
12. September 2019
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has been exclusively appointed to broker the sale of the unique Chateau Žinkovy, surrounded by two large ponds and a well-maintained forest park. The building, a significant example of Late Historicist palatial architecture in the Pilsen Region, will also be presented in the portfolio of Christie’s International Real Estate.
Chateau Žinkovy’s vivid history goes back to the 12th century. Originally, the 188,445 sq. m. property held a fortress that was surrounded by a moat and was later rebuilt as a castle. Several influential Czech families called Chateau Žinkovy home at one time or another. In the middle of the 15th century, for instance, it was owned by the lords of Klenová, who oversaw its first significant reconstruction. Ownership then passed from Prince Lobkowitz to Count Jan Nepomuk Harrach and then to the knights of Wesselý, who hired the Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer to create a fresh, Neo Renaissance look for the castle. Its final owner before it was taken over by the state after the Second World War was the Škoda family. Since 1950, Chateau Žinkovy has served as a sought-after recreational and rehabilitation center overseen by the Communist Revolutionary Trade Union Movement, and in 1963 it was declared a cultural monument. It remained under state ownership until 1999, when it was bought by Crown Estates. The chateau was gradually renovated until it acquired the form and appearance that we can admire today.
Besides the chateau’s main building, its grounds include a reconstructed administrative building with a restaurant, a conference room, a reception, office space, and 4 apartment units. There is also a partially renovated farm building and 12 bungalows, half of which have been refurbished. The mill and granary can be turned into a restaurant with accommodation. Thanks to its size and disposition, Chateau Žinkovy is an ideal place for holding weddings, conferences, and other company or private events.
Chateau Žinkovy not only has a rich history, but it is also fabulously located amongst pristine nature. In close proximity to its almost 19 hectare estate, you will find the Žinkovský and Labuť ponds. It’s entirely surrounded by a beautifully maintained forest park with an English garden and the area also offers many hiking paths, including the popular Svatojakubská trail. The deep forests of Šumava are nearby. Pilsen and parts further west, including Germany, can be comfortably reached by car. Another surprising fact that adds to Chateau Žinkovy’s overall charm is that its living area of almost 12,000 sq. m. makes it one of the largest privately owned castles in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. All of this together with its unmistakable spirit of place ensures that it will be one of the most standout properties in the portfolio of Christie’s International Real Estate.
More information about Chateau Žinkovy.