NEW SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE IN BUDAPEST
New software development centre in Budapest
The foundation stone of the future headquarters of evosoft Hungary Kft., one of the largest software houses in Hungary belonging to the Siemens Group, has been laid with all due ceremony, with the participation of Ádám Szigeti, Deputy Secretary of State for Innovation, Roland Busch, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Siemens AG, and Noah Steinberg, Chairman and CEO of WING Zrt., the developer of the building. The ceremony held on 25 March was also attended by István Petényi, Managing Director of evosoft Hungary Kft. and Dale A. Martin, CEO of Siemens Zrt. The modern building in Buda is expected to open its gates in early 2021.
The new six-floor office building will be constructed as the second phase of the Hungarian Nobel Prize-winners Research and Development Park, at 11 Magyar Tudósok körút. Once completed, the software developers of evosoft Hungary Kft. will work on creating the latest digitalization solutions on about 20,400 square metres out of the building’s total floor area of 22,000 square metres.
Noah Steinberg, Chairman and CEO of WING Zrt., said about the development: ‘WING’s goal is to provide a long-term solution to the global demand for real property of leading large companies active in Hungary as their partner. Our ambition is also perfectly exemplified by evosoft’s new headquarters. With the new office building, we will create world-class jobs and, at the same time, a building that will be a key element of the bank of the Danube and the cityscape, which will have the latest technologies and will be environmentally friendly and energy-saving according to the criteria of the LEED Gold environmental awareness trademark.’
At the groundbreaking ceremony, István Petényi, Managing Director of evosoft Hungary Kft. pointed out: ‘When we decided to combine our software development activities at our sites in Budapest in one centre, our goal was to make our staff work more efficiently. The more than 1,600 employees working at our company meet world-class software development, professional and quality assurance requirements. With our new central office building, we rightly wish to create a world-class and inspiring workplace environment for them.’
Roland Busch, CTO and COO of Siemens AG, added: ‘Siemens has always been at the Roland Busch, COO and CTO of Siemens AG, added: ‘Siemens aims to bring together the best talents Hungary can offer and help them unleash their full potential. The new evosoft building reflects Siemens’ commitment to Hungary – and to the digital age. It will be a motivating working environment for digital thinkers – a fertile ground for collaboration and innovation.’
Ádám Szigeti, Deputy Secretary of State for Innovation, stressed the importance of the innovative activities of Hungarian digitization specialists for strengthening the Hungarian economy: ‘Research and development not only serves the interests of economic actors but also contributes to the success of the Hungarian economy and thus to Hungary’s future. Innovation is not a goal but a tool. It is an ability that is there in all of us and it requires creativity. There is a need for a new way of thinking: we said earlier that if you do a little better than your competitors then you would own the market. Today we say: be innovative and have a chance to own market.’
After the speeches, the participants placed a time capsule on the construction site, including, among other things, the long-term cooperation agreement between the companies. The specialists of evosoft Hungary Kft. are expected to occupy the office building to be constructed directly next to the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the Faculty of Information Science of Eötvös Loránd University in 2 years.
About the building
Evosoft’s new central office building is Phase II of the Hungarian Nobel Prize-winners Research and Development Park, which will be constructed with state-of-the-art technology and LEED Gold environmental awareness rating. Its special architectural feature will be a protrusion through the façade, which will make the smooth glazed surface exiting and will open a ‘window’ overlooking the Danube both figuratively and actually, while offering a view of the river to the inner yards and back office parts. A panoramic terrace on the second floor will offer unparalleled views of the Danube and downtown Pest. The imposing and elegant lobby area will provide access to service providers on the ground floor and green inner yards, which will make the office spaces and common areas well lit from several directions on all storeys. The green vegetation used in large areas inside the building as well as on the roofs and terraces will contribute to a pleasant feeling of space.
The high-tech, elegant building has been designed by Aspectus Architect, a subsidiary of the architecture design company WING, led by László Szerdahelyi.
Lessee: Siemens Zrt. – evosoft Hungary, 100% lessee
Ground floor, six upper floors and four levels of the underground garage
Gross floor area: 21,400 m2
Office: 19,500 m2
Warehouse: 1,900 m2 (at the underground garage level)
Parking spaces: 512
Restaurant: 720 m2
Canteen: 720 m2
Siemens – For over 130 years in Hungary
Siemens AG is one of the world’s leading technology companies, which has been representing engineering excellence, innovation, quality and reliability worldwide for over 170 years. Today, the company focuses on the fields of electrification, automation and digitalization. In the business year ended 30 September 2018, Siemens achieved sales of EUR 83 billion and a profit after tax of EUR 6.1 billion and employed about 379,000 staff worldwide. Siemens founded a company in Hungary in 1887, when the first tram line was constructed in Budapest. The company has been playing a key role in the modernization of the country ever since. The domestic Siemens Group plays a key role in the fields of energy generation, processing and transmission, industrial automation, building technology, transport and infrastructure, healthcare and software development. In addition to Siemens Zrt., evosoft Hungary Kft., Mentor Graphics Hungary Kft., Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Kft., Siemens Healthcare Kft. and Siemens Mobility Kft. are members of the Group, which employs 3,700 co-workers in Hungary.
WING is the leading privately owned Hungarian company in the domestic real property market, with a significant project portfolio, investment activities and subsidiaries specialized in real property services. The company is active in all market segments, developing offices, industrial properties, commercial properties, hotels and residential properties alike. It is the largest office developer in Hungary. The company’s latest developments include the country’s most modern and largest new office building implemented in one building block, the new central office building of Magyar Telekom, the Skylight CITY office building, the new WIZZ AIR training centre, the Ericsson central office building and the ibis Styles Budapest Airport Hotel. The new central office building of Siemens-evosoft, the Kassák Residence residential community complex, the Metropolitan Garden residential project and the Liberty Office Building are under development. The company’s completed developments include, among others, the E.ON central office building, Atrium Park, the new central office building and production base of MTV, the central office building of Allianz, the company’s own central office building, Máriássy House and the three office buildings in Millenáris Park. Industrial parks, such as the East Gate Business Park and the South Pest Business Park, commercial developments, the Eger Shopping Centre, Agria Park or Hungary’s first eco-friendly shopping centre, the Hegyvidék Shopping Centre in Buda. The company owns EuroCenter and the Family Center in Szombathely.
Due to its active development activities and recent transactions, WING now has more than 100,000 square metres of interest in Infopark and in the Hungarian Nobel-prize winners R&D Park – buildings B, C, D, I and the headquarters of Ericsson and evosoft – which has made it a key, majority player in the area.
evosoft Hungary Kft.
According to a survey of the Budapest Business Journal, evosoft Hungary Kft. is Hungary’s leading software house (Budapest Business Journal Book of Lists 2017/2018, Software Developers), one of Siemens AG’s most important strategic partners and a key player in the Hungarian IT market. evosoft Hungary Ltd. is a subsidiary owned 100% by evosoft GmbH, which is part of Siemens AG. As Siemens AG’s research and development partner of strategic importance, we are present in almost all fields of the technology giant, receiving an increasing number of product development and system testing tasks and an increasing number of responsibilities with the new orders. For over 23 years, we have come a long way and are proud to be able to work on world-class products that can meet the challenges of humanity and the world around us, including automation and propulsion technology, medical technology, electric cars, industrial system testing and energy. More than 1,600 people work at evosoft today. Our sales from only software development exceeded HUF 24.8 billion in 2018. Our dynamic development is also shown by the fact that we are present in as many as five office buildings in Budapest, we have added Szeged besides Miskolc to our sites in the provinces, and we have become a key IT player in both regions.
‘The world works based on Siemens logic. We convert the world’s logic into software.’