20-hectare district starts to emerge around Berlin’s main railway station;

Construction of 17-storey office tower for oil company TOTAL to start in 2010

The CA Immo Group’s plans for the development of an urban district around the main railway station in Berlin are now taking shape, with CA Immo subsidiary Vivico set to build a 17-storey office tower. The building, which will serve as the German headquarters for French oil company TOTAL, will be around 69 metres tall with a gross floor area of approximately
18,000 sqm; total investment costs will amount to some € 70 m. TOTAL has signed a tenancy agreement with Vivico spanning 15 years, with an option to extend for two periods of five years. Construction of the environmentally sustainable building will start in the second quarter of 2010; completion is scheduled for the second half of 2012.

The TOTAL tower: built with environmental sustainability in mind
Vivico’s TOTAL tower will be the first new office building in Europacity. As with all of its projects, Vivico will seek to secure ecological certification for the TOTAL tower.
The plans for the new high-rise in the Europacity district near Berlin’s main station were unveiled last week by representatives of the oil company TOTAL, Vivico, the Senate of Berlin and architects Barkow Leibinger. As Bernhard H. Hansen, CTO of CA Immo, reveals, “The structure has been designed as a ‘green building’, which means it will comply with the latest principles of energy efficiency. The tenant specifically asked us to build a structure that meets the criteria of ecological sustainability.” Also at the request of the tenant, a workplace concept of fast access and open-plan rooms will be implemented within the building.

The Europacity district: 20 hectares of prime development
The mixed-use Europacity district will emerge on a project site of roughly 40 hectares around Heidestrasse, directly to the north of Berlin’s main station. The principal owners of the development site are the CA Immo Group (with around 20 hectares) and Deutsche Bahn AG (with approximately 10 hectares), with the state of Berlin owning around six hectares. Having completed a cooperative urban planning competition in 2008, the Berlin Senate drew up a master plan containing the planning principles for development of the area in the second quarter of 2009. The project partners are working on the assumption that a legally binding land-use plan will be finalised in 2010/2011, which will enable the realisation of the city district to proceed.

Profile of TOTAL Tower
– High-rise with 16 office floors and one service floor
– Height of 68.60 metres
– Gross floor area of approx. 18,000 sqm
– Total investment volume of approx. € 70 m
– Arcades on the ground floor and first floor
– Three-level underground car park spanning approx. 10,400 sqm
– Building depth of around 19 metres
– Silver certification sought from DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council)
– Modular, contemporary floor plans conducive to teamwork
– Primary energy expected to be district heating with heating/cooling ceilings on office levels

About CA Immo
CA Immo, which was founded in 1987, develops and invests in commercial real estate (with the emphasis on offices) in Austria and Germany, as well as eastern Europe through its subsidiary CA Immo International. CA Immo has consolidated its foothold on the German market in the past two years: as of 30 September 2009, Germany accounted for around 60 % of the total property assets of around € 3.7 bn. CA Immo acquired the Vivico Group – Germany’s leading urban district developer – at the end of 2007. CA Immo is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange, with free float of around 90 % at the present time.

Please address any questions to:
CA Immobilien Anlagen AG
Susanne Steinböck
Tel.: +43 1532 590 7533


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