10.07.2013

UniCredit Center Am Kaiserwasser: Bank Austria opens employee centre for sport, leisure and employee training

  • Grand opening with Michael Häupl, mayor of Vienna, Federico Ghizzoni, CEO of UniCredit and Willibald Cernko, CEO of Bank Austria, Adolf Lehner, chairman of Bank Austria work council Vienna, as well as Norbert Scheed, district mayor of Donaustadt, and Michael Landau, director of Caritas Vienna
  • Certified "green building"
  • Investment volume: EUR 19 million
  • Kaiserwasser investment is a clear sign of UniCredit's commitment to the city of Vienna

Twenty-one months after laying the cornerstone, Bank Austria is opening a centre for sport, leisure, events and employee training at Eiswerkstraße 20 in Vienna's Kaiserwasser area. With its innovative facilities, the centre will primarily focus on "lifelong learning" along with an extensive offering of sport and leisure activities for all employees.

At the grand opening ceremony held today, Willibald Cernko, the CEO of Bank Austria, welcomed Michael Häupl, the mayor of Vienna, Federico Ghizzoni, the CEO of UniCredit, and Norbert Scheed, the district mayor of Donaustadt. Michael Landau, director of Caritas Vienna, blessed the new employee centre.

According to the mayor of Vienna, Michael Häupl, "I am very pleased about Bank Austria's efforts. Vienna is and will remain an attractive location for international companies that are active in Central and Eastern Europe. Investments like here in Kaiserwasser are further proof of this."

Federico Ghizzoni, CEO of UniCredit, said, "As one of the largest European banking groups, we know that the motivation and competence of our employees are decisive competitive advantages when it comes to winning over customers and are also what sets us apart from the competition. At the same time, this decision is a clear sign of our commitment to the location of Vienna and also shows the important status Bank Austria holds within UniCredit as the subholding for Central and Eastern Europe."

Willibald Cernko, CEO of Bank Austria, added, "By opening this new employee centre with an investment volume of EUR 19 million, our banking group is once again strengthening Vienna's role as a bridgehead. With this project, we are providing a very versatile piece of infrastructure not only to our Austrian employees but also to the employees of our subsidiary banks in Central and Eastern Europe. In particular, I'm referring to the future-oriented area of employee training, in which Bank Austria invests more than EUR 3 million per year in Austria alone. Because we are fully aware of the fact that our company can only grow and prosper if it has motivated, loyal, healthy and well-trained employees! The UniCredit Center Am Kaiserwasser provides modern solutions to all of these challenges."

With its state-of-the-art facilities for learning and development, the UniCredit Center Am Kaiserwasser will be an important location for the new UniCredit Academy Austria (which has additional locations at Praterstern and in Klopein). Starting in September 2013, Bank Austria will be combining all of its learning and development measures in Austria under the UniCredit Academy. This represents an important contribution towards continuously preparing employees and management personnel for the "bank of the future". Roughly EUR 3 million are invested in this area each year.

This innovative centre was designed by architectural firm Gert Demarle ZT GmbH and built by Kaiserwasser Errichtungs- und Betriebsgesellschaft GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank Austria. The complex has a total area of 20,000 square metres, and the building itself has 6,400 square meters of usable space. A wide range of offerings is available to employees, including six tennis courts, two beach volleyball courts, a multi-purpose hall, a wellness area, a sunbathing lawn with direct access to the Old Danube, a learning and event area, a restaurant and an underground car park.

Enquiries: Bank Austria Press Office Austria
Martin Kammerer, Tel. +43 (0) 50505 – 52803
E-Mail: martin.kammerer@unicreditgroup.at