The old Dvigatel house of directors will become a modern IT building
At yesterday’s rafter party, it was announced that the software development company Codeborne will become the anchor tenant of the historic Dvigatel factory’s directors’ and engineers’ building, which will be opened at Ülemiste City after thorough restoration, and that new catering establishments and a pub, long-awaited by denizens of the campus, will be opened on the ground floor of the building.
According to the Head of Mainor Ülemiste, Margus Nõlvak, the building which will be completed in August of this year will be one of the smallest at the Ülemiste campus, but as an IT building, it is a significant addition to Ülemiste City, which has become a favourite location for software companies. ‘Alongside constructing new buildings, it is our clear aim to renovate as many buildings at Ülemiste as possible that display dignified architecture, regardless of the fact that this is often more costly than constructing a new object,’ Nõlvak clarified. According to him, it is planned to retain the industrial look of the red brick building in modernising it, and to create a perfectly modern and inspiring working environment there. ‘New places to eat and a long-awaited place to spend some more time in the evening will also be opened on the ground floor,’ Nõlvak added. Renovation of the building will cost 1.2 million euros, and the project is financed by Luminor Bank.
According to Andres Salusaar, Chairman of the Management Board of the main contractor of the construction, Embach Ehitus OÜ, reconstructing the old historic building will provide unexpected challenges to the builder compared to constructing a new building, but that is what makes it fascinating. ‘So far, when cooperating with the customer for achieving a good result, we have managed to resolve these surprises successfully. It is fun to work on such a building with a soul,’ Salusaar noted.
The new IT building of Ülemiste City will be located at Sepise 8 – next to the mechanical assembly shop that was renovated into the MyFitness sports club last year, and opposite the second office tower of the Öpik building, the largest office building in Estonia.