Extensive reconstruction of OC Novo Plaza without interruption of operations

Services provided:

Renovation of the inadequate interior, relocation of escalators for more efficient use of space, reconstruction of toilets, revitalization of the facade, refit of the parking lot and other changes. We managed the challenging redevelopment of a busy shopping centre in Prague 4, which was fully operational – the investor was also on budget and we completed the project on schedule.

  • Investor: Bluehouse Capital Czech Republic
  • construction contractors: 3 P, Albatros Design, CAPEXUS, EXX, Smart Events, SIS Systémy
  • the building manager: CBRE Group Czech Republic

A popular shopping centre that needed a makeover

The investor decided to convert an older shopping centre into a modern complex for retail, hypermarket, offices, warehouses or services. The aim of the reconstruction was to strengthen competitiveness, especially to improve service and comfort for customers. The investor turned to us thanks to previous successful cooperation and entrusted us with several tasks:

  • Comprehensive conversion management, i.e. Coordination of dozens of entities from landlords and tenants, to designers, property managers to general contractors or negotiations with public administration representatives.
  • Kyzlink Architects prepared the comments and coordination of the project documentation, the PD for the building permit and for the tender procedure and construction implementation.
  • Cost management, i.e. drawing up a cost plan, setting the correct value of the investment and supervising the effective financial management of the project.
  • Fit-out, i.e. the design of the function and form of interiors.
  • Technical supervision of the investor and OSH.

The essential requirement was to carry out the reconstruction while the shopping centre was fully operational.

Project schedule
Design work began in September 2019. The reconstruction took place from February 2020 to October 2021.

Biggest challenges: reducing the budget and coordinating dozens of actors

A few months after the start of the preparatory work, the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in Europe, which complicated the project considerably, especially from the point of view of:

  • management of individual suppliers,
  • meeting the schedule,
  • and the investment budget.

Since the investor reduced the original budget, our specialists from the Cost Management team had to propose adjustments to optimize the scope of the investment. We suggested:

  • replacement of materials in common areas (especially paving),
  • abandon the implementation of the HVAC part (electrical backbone system),
  • Reduction in the volume of plasterboard work.

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The reconstruction included, among other modifications:

  • passages,
  • shop fronts,
  • technological background,
  • escalators,
  • public toilets,
  • facades,
  • ground floor,
  • of the main entrance
  • and parking.

In 25 months, the shopping centre was in a new

We completed the project on schedule in October 2021, 25 months after the start of design work. Together with other contractors, we have created a modern OC with an area of 27,500m2 ( retail, services and offices 21,500m2, hypermarket 6,000m2), with 710 underground and 140 above-ground parking spaces.

If you are planning a renovation of a similar scale, we will be happy to help you with it. Contact us and we will discuss the possibilities with you without obligation.