The Czech leader in the revitalisation of brownfields, the developer Panattoni has begun construction of a new industrial zone on the premises of the former Kavalier glassworks in Hostomice near Teplice. Panattoni Park Teplice South will offer facilities for light manufacturing, distribution of goods and up to 300 new jobs. The investment of half a billion crowns has the ambition to build on the local history of more than 100 years of glassmaking with modern industrial operations. The first building for the Sanitino sanitary goods retailer will soon be built on the site.
“The transformation of a brownfield into a modern industrial park is, on the one hand, always an unpredictable adventure and, on the other hand, a fascinating experience, mainly for two reasons. Firstly, you have a unique opportunity to get to know the story of the original business – in this case, the largest domestic manufacturer of cooking glass. And secondly, you find yourself in a kind of recycling laboratory where the circulating economy can be moved to new frontiers in practice. In Hostomice, for example, when preparing the foundations, we want to use the old recycling line for building materials,” reveals Pavel Sovička, Panattoni’s Managing Director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Panattoni plans to gradually build a complex of buildings with a total area of 31,000 m2 near Hostomice. The first phase will create a building for Sanitino with an area of 5,800 m2. At the beginning of next year, it will remove the remains of the foundation structures of the original complex and will start earthworks for the new building. The remaining space is being rehabilitated and connected only according to the interest of other clients. Sanitino will operate a central warehouse for supplying Central and Western Europe on the site. The semi-automatic hall will have the latest logistics technologies.
“We chose Panattoni Park Teplice South, among other things, because of the excellent transport infrastructure, which was enhanced by the recently completed D8 motorway, which is only 15 minutes away. The central warehouse will help us deliver goods to the markets in Central and Western Europe faster and more efficiently,” says Rudolf Jániš, CEO of Sanitino.
The Panattoni Park Teplice South complex is located directly at the exit from the partially four-lane I/13 road, which connects the Ústí nad Labem region with the Liberec and Karlovy Vary regions. Due to the fact that it is created by revitalising the brownfield, it does not occupy fertile soil and, in addition, helps to remove old ecological burdens in the locality. Last but not least, the project has the potential to boost the regional economy in the coming economic crisis and stop the outflow of skilled labour.