(BERLIN) Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that ZOOM is one of the first buildings in Berlin to receive Gold Certification from the prestigious test agency WiredScore. This demonstrates that the office building located in City-West and developed by Hines sets world-class standards for connectivity and digital infrastructure. WiredScore praised a number of features as special quality attributes, including the diversity of connections, comprehensive security for the network cables and detailed telecommunications guidelines for the tenants.
“We have developed a property in ZOOM that defines a new standard. Digital infrastructure is an absolute priority for our sophisticated tenants in the largely networked business world,” commented Joachim Wintzer, managing director of Hines.
WiredScore is an assessment system for commercial property with a global reputation. It uses a wide-ranging, objective list of criteria to assess digital installations in buildings and helps to further optimize them. The certification identifies outstanding connectivity enabling prospective tenants to precisely locate the building that meets their digital requirements. Since the quality of the internet connection, installation of IT infrastructure and security systems are important decision-making criteria for tenants, the WiredScore Certification is also highly relevant for investors. They benefit indirectly from a first-class assessment because certified properties are likely to attract tenants more easily.
WiredScore Certification provides another milestone in the development of the ZOOM newbuild in Berlin. A successful mix of retail and office space is being created in the middle of the upcoming City-West district – as a highlight between the Zoologischer Garten railway station and Kurfürstendamm. The impressive architecture with its high recognition value consists of a structure 150 meters long, with a three-story glass façade.
The main tenant of the building will be the apparel retail company Primark, which has rented almost 80 percent of the retail area. There is also an array of innovative dining concepts that make the building an ideal fit with the urban flair of City-West. All the office space covering an area of some 5,500 square meters has already been leased to tenants that include the real-estate company Engel & Völkers and a tech enterprise. Work on the building will soon be finished, and interior installation and fitting by the tenants is progressing well.
Gold Certification in accordance with the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) is also being sought to highlight the sustainability of ZOOM Berlin.
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Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 201 cities in 24 countries. Hines has approximately $111 billion of assets under management, including $60 billion for which Hines provides fiduciary investment management services, and $51 billion for which Hines provides third-party property-level services. The firm has 108 developments currently underway around the world. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired 1,295 properties, totaling over 422 million square feet. The firm’s current property and asset management portfolio includes 506 properties, representing over 210 million square feet. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. Visit www.hines.com for more information.