International investment and asset management company CC Real has commenced its extensive €20 million refurbishment of City Center one Split, due for completion by the end of Q2 2024.
Key upgrades will include the creation of a first-of-its-kind entertainment and leisure area for Croatia, lighting and interior design improvements, brand-new outdoor spaces, and measures to reduce energy consumption. More than 7,000 sqm of retail units will be reshaped to improve clustering, and more than 10,000 sqm of premises will be renovated.
Sven Vorih, Managing Partner at CC Real said “Our approach is always to understand the needs and desires of the local communities and residents that visit our centre. These enhancements are designed to further strengthen the role of the centre by building on its renowned reputation as the destination to relax, socialize and shop—away from the tourist hotspots in the Split city centre.”
City Center one Split was developed by CC Real and has been owned and managed by the company since its opening in 2010. In subsequent years, the centre has become a firm favourite with locals for its diverse and comprehensive offering, landscaping, and relaxed atmosphere. The latest updates are designed to further strengthen the centre’s position as a popular community hub by cultivating an environment where the city’s inhabitants want to spend time.
CC Real’s investment will see the centre undergo significant design transformations and upgrades to ensure its continued evolution to meet customer needs. External design changes and interior upgrades will include a renovated main entrance, alongside the creation of new outdoor F&B terrace spaces for people to unwind and relax.
In upgrading the existing building management system to optimize energy usage, the centre aims to reduce its total carbon footprint by 90 tons per year. One of the most significant upgrades is the installation of a new lighting system, which will reduce the centre’s energy usage for illumination by 665,000kWh. These measures are designed to secure a DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) certification for the building once complete, which recognizes industry benchmark sustainability credentials.
CC Real is working with TGP International, a global award-winning hospitality agency, specialising in F&B master planning and interior design, to create a fully-fledged entertainment precinct that is a destination for the residents and families of Split. Nichola Beskine-Taylor, Partner at TGP, commented: “We are delighted to be working with CC Real to bring to life a leisure and entertainment concept that will be the first of its kind in the Croatian market.”
Interior improvements will see new seating and the introduction of green elements throughout the centre. Improvements will also include significant layout and interior design upgrades to the food court, which opened as the first of its kind on the Adriatic coast. Additional changes will include gallery facades, upgraded escalators, and new lighting throughout the centre.
2023’s refurbishment will also target the washrooms throughout the centre for overhaul, as well as extensive parking garage revitalization. The latest round of work completely redesigns the parking garage entranceways on all floors to improve the arrival experience, including the addition of side lamellas—as well as new colour-coded integration and full LED lighting inside the garage.
As the first modern shopping centre on the Croatian coast, City Center one Split was the first to introduce many well-known brands to the local and regional market, including Interspar, Peek & Cloppenburg, H&M, Muller, IKEA, C&A, Cineplexx and KFC.