Chapman Taylor has designed a high-specification and sustainable new Romanian office development, Fabrica de Paine, on behalf of Portland Trust. The scheme will be located in Bucharest’s 1st District, in the north of the city, a high-density residential area.
The 78,400m2 GBA project will comprise two separate and self-contained, eight-floor office buildings set over a shared two-level basement parking structure. The buildings will be set in a beautiful landscaped environment designed to create semi-public spaces of human scale with an attractive and relaxing atmosphere.
The buildings will have U-shaped floorplans, with centrally positioned, double-height entrance lobbies facing the common landscaped zone between the two buildings. The floorplates are flexible and will be capable of easy sub-division to allow for multiple tenancies, with the ability to create four tenancies per floor, if required.
In house amenities such as restaurants, a number of retail units, and sport facilities (gym), will provide a convenient service for the everyday needs of office staff and local residents while creating an active frontage and a more vibrant streetscape.
The development will target a BREEAM Excellent rating for sustainability – it will be energy-efficient and have a low carbon footprint, reducing running costs and maintenance charges, and will be built using recycled and responsibly sourced materials wherever possible. High-quality landscaping and well-lit parking garages will ensure a welcoming and safe environment for all users.
The site has an excellent strategic location near two of Bucharest’s main radial roads and is served by the Jiului metro station and a route 24 tram stop, as well as being near a number of bus routes. With excellent connections to the airport and the city centre, the office scheme will be very attractive to companies in the financial, insurance, IT and other service sectors.
Igor Bergmann (Ing. Arch.) – Associate Director, Prague
Igor joined Chapman Taylor’s Prague studio in 2000 and is responsible for key projects in the wider region, primarily for projects in Romania. He has completed several major office projects in Prague and Bucharest, as well as retail and leisure centres in Romania. Igor has extensive experience throughout all design stages and also as the client’s representative, monitoring design quality and making regular site inspections during the construction stages. Areas of expertise: Office / Masterplan / Design