Holder Mathias’ ONE Fashion Outlet launches to Slovakian public

22 Nov 2013

A UK architectural practice is behind a state-of-the-art shopping centre in Slovakia that has just opened its doors for the first time.

Holder Mathias, based in London with offices in Cardiff and Munich, worked with ONE Fashion Outlet to develop the retail outlet on the D1 Highway in Voderady outside of Bratislava.

The retail area consists of 15,000m2 which includes 70 units and caters for 4.8 million people living within a 90 minute drive time.

Home to iconic international tenants such as adidas, NIKE, Gant, MET, Aftershock, ECCO and Levi’s, the outlet brings high-end designers Slovakian residents. The scheme has had 45,000 people through the door through the first couple of days since it launched.

Holder Mathias has built up a reputation for working with the retail and leisure industry in the UK and Europe. Working with outlet specialists Rioja Developments, the €75 million scheme is a REALIZ initiative, with leasing managed by Rohleder Lumby and SJ International. Freeport was appointed as the operators for the scheme.

Peter Gamble, director of Holder Mathias, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with ONE Fashion Outlet on an innovative design creating a new leisure and retail destination.

“We have designed a place for people to enjoy their shopping and relax in a crisp, contemporary environment.

“A continuous glazed shopping street is punctuated by a series of open squares, deep timber-clad arcades and courtyards with plants and water features. At the heart is the main square, overlooking a landscaped lake, around which are restaurants with large west-facing terraces, timber-decked bridges and floating pavilions.

“It has been an exciting process to see our designs take shape, and it’s great to be part of a project that has created a contemporary destination, offering something a little special in terms of a retail and leisure experience.”

Michal Bakos, partner at ONE Fashion Outlet commented: “To see the scheme come to fruition is an incredible achievement. The strength of the tenant line-up reflects the aspirations of the Slovakian people for designer clothing at a competitive price. ONE Fashion Outlet stands out against the crowd with its contemporary design and high-end labels. We have no doubt that ONE Fashion Outlet will be a huge success.”