Startup Bright Spaces has signed an agreement with Skanska Romania to implement its interactive 3D showcasing platform for Equilibrium, a project owned by the developer in Bucharest.
The platform will go live in October. Bright Spaces caught the eye of Skanska Romania during its participation in a hackathon organised by Skanska with the support of Proptech Romania, in November 2019. During that competition, Bright Spaces won first place in leasing solutions and third place overall.
Anne-Marie Diaconu, leasing and asset management director of Skanska Property Romania, said: “At Skanska, we put great value on the experience we offer our clients when they interact with our team or with our projects, from the first encounter, which can be either live or virtual, but also when they are residents of our buildings. The platform developed together with our partners from Bright Spaces helps us to be closer to our potential clients by presenting our available spaces in the most innovative and interactive way possible and by digitising a significant part of their interaction with the project, even if it’s in the planning, construction or finalised stage. This new tool is even more welcomed given the times we’re living in. The current context made us rethink our current processes in order to facilitate the complete showcasing of the project remotely and safely.”
The Skanska Hackathon was the first PropTech Hackathon in Romania dedicated to the office sector and it emphasised the need for advanced tech solutions that can support the development of the real estate industry. Skanska Romania supports the digitalisation of the office industry and continues to engage in the creation, adoption and implementation of technology solutions.
With this event, Skanska started a process that has continued during the pandemic. Digitalisation has become even more necessary now, more than ever, given the new social and economic context.
Bright Spaces was founded by Bogdan Nicoara and Andrei Constantin. The idea behind Bright Spaces was born in April 2019, as a response to certain growing needs within the real estate market. Resources need to be optimised whilst landlords and agents need to constantly attract new clients. Likewise, the industry must keep up with the latest technologies.
With Bright Spaces, tenants, landlords and agents can see within the same online, controlled, and easy-to-use platform, all the relevant details of a building, inside and outside, during the design phase as well, various fit-out options, can request offers and schedule visits. The startup has already raised its first funding round in November 2019 and participated in the Pi Labs accelerator earlier this year. The advantages it presents and the fact that it can be easily tailored to each building, regardless of its size or location, represent clear validation that Bright Spaces has what it takes to become a global player.
Bogdan Nicoara, CEO and founder of Bright Spaces, said: “Bright Spaces is a truly innovative digital solution that aims to change the rules in an industry where most processes are manual and the approach is less digitized compared to other industries. We consider ourselves lucky to have Skanska as a partner, our relationship being very strong since last year and we are happy to extend our collaboration through this platform. Furthermore, we want to implement Bright Spaces in Romania and abroad, as we are not limited by the size or complexity of the office spaces we can showcase.”
Legal advice was provided by Oana Bucsa, senior associate at PeliPartners for Skanska Romania and by Ana Maria Andronic, head of intellectual property and Corina Badiceanu from DLA Piper Romania for Bright Spaces.