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Office Developer Highlight: NEO Group

Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is now one of the fastest-growing Central Business Districts (CBD) in the country. This was not always the case as formerly it was just a military base until it was passed on to the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), an institution that is set to transform army bases into premier centers of economic growth.


With the continuous interest of investors that go hand-in-hand with the development of this CBD, BGC has grown to be one of if not the top consideration of Multinational Companies (MNCs) and Domestic Corporations alike.


One of the first office buildings in BGC was One NEO, formerly called NET One Center which is a development of The NEO Group, one of the country’s largest developers and operator of green office buildings. The NEO Group is dedicated to transforming workplaces by offering excellent design, technology, and service which can give a one-of-a-kind and sustainable lifestyle experience. The firm’s office portfolio is the first to receive the WELL Health-Safety Rating in Southeast Asia, this rating is given to facilities that have satisfactory operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagements and emergency plans which will guarantee the health and safety of their staff, visitors and other stakeholders.


In this article, we will showcase the seven buildings of NEO, all have Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) 5-Stars certifications.

All NEO Buildings from left to right: Six NEO, One NEO, Two NEO, Three NEO, Four NEO, Five NEO, and Seven NEO


1. One NEO


Formerly known as Net One Center, One NEO is one of the buildings that transformed the former Fort Bonifacio into a highly commercialized area. Its resplendent exterior and first-rate interior makes it a top office location that can provide a great work environment. Prominent enterprises such as Quisumbing Torres and Wrigley are quartered in One NEO.

View of One NEO


Prime Location


One NEO is situated at the 3rd Avenue and corner of 26th Street in BGC. It has neighboring establishments such as restaurants and fast-food chain like Max’s, Las Flores, and Mcdonald’s, hotels like Avant Apartments and Avant Serviced Suites, banks like Metrobank, BDO, AUB, EastWest Bank and Chinabank, convenience store like 7-Eleven, MOM My Saturday, which is a fresh food market, and condominium like One Mckinley Place. These establishments can provide the necessities for everyone in the location. In addition, parks like Burgos Park, Greenway and Greenway Linear Park, and De Jesus Oval Park are just a short distance away from the office building if ever the occupants want some fresh air.


Transportation


One NEO is accessible to the highest modes of transportation, this includes buses, taxicabs, and personal cars. There are several bus stops near the establishment like the 4th Avenue Bus Stop, which is just 2 minute walk away from the building (0.09 km), 5th Avenue Bus Stop, which is 5 minute walk away (0.18 km) and The Fort Bus Stop which is 8 minute walk away (0.21 km). A bunch of taxicabs also roam around the site, so you can just hail one for a more convenient ride. The building is easily reachable, whether you commute or come with your private vehicle.

One NEO Location Map


Building Design


The building is characterized by its exterior of granite and double-glazed windows. This admirable design is not just exquisite to the eyes; it can also provide comfortability for those who are inside.

One NEO's Building Design


Building Amenities


One NEO provides a well-ventilated place with the use of its Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air conditioning system. It has newly installed access points that ensure that only endorsed visitors and tenants of the building can access the office floors. This 17-storey building has 5 elevators which serve the whole establishment. It is fiber-ready and supports various Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as PLDT, Globe, and Radius which guarantees a fast and reliable internet connection. Radius Telecoms, Inc., an ISP firm for businesses, just made a partnership with the NEO Group last 2019. On top of all that, this building also has 100% backup power, so its tenants can work continuously even in the unlikely event of a power interruption. The building can also be accessed 24/7 by its tenants. Furthermore, One NEO was accredited by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), an organization dedicated to promoting investments in the Philippines.


All of these features assure the tenants of having a secured and great workplace environment for different types of businesses, be it traditional or non-traditional.

One NEO's Entrance


Efficient and Sustainable


One NEO is a 5-Stars BERDE Certified building, it exhibited great performance as a green building and complied with the standard mandatory building and environmental regulations. One NEO has also been rated 5-Stars in the Advancing Net Zero Energy Certification Pilot Edition. This establishment has also been granted an Outstanding Award in the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Awards 2020 in the Large building category. Ever since it started, NEO has persistently established green buildings.


Building Specifications

Building Classification

A

Number of Floors

21 (with roofdeck, machine room and helipad levels)

Parking

Basement Levels 1 to 3

Office

GF, Levels 2 to 17

Gross Floor Area

14,787 sqm

Construction Floor Area

23,013 sqm

Gross Leasable Area

14,356 sqm

Average Floor Plate

1,087 - 1,107 sqm (Podium), 926 sqm (Tower)

2. Two NEO


Two NEO, previously known as NET Square, is one of the buildings that is ideal to establish a workplace address as it provides an aesthetically pleasing interior design and technologically advanced equipment and amenities. It is also the home of the Top multinational companies and BPO Companies in the country such as Oracle, Ericsson and Fujitsu.

View of Two NEO


Prime Location


Located at 3rd Avenue, 28th St. of Bonifacio Global City, Two NEO’s prime location is surrounded by different commercial establishments such as museums, Community Park, coffee shops, restaurants, banks and hotels; all of which are just a walking distance away. This provides the tenants of Two NEO access to different store options that can cater to most of their needs.


Transportation


There are buses usually traversing along the area of Two NEO where multiple bus stops can also be found such as 3rd Avenue Bus Stop, Crescent Park bus stops (1st Avenue, 31st Street) and One NEO Bus Stops. P2P Buses have routes to different city points such as BGC to Calamba, Laguna, BGC, Balibago, Sta. Rosa Laguna, BGC to Alabang Town Center (ATC). Moreover, multiple taxi cabs are available along the highway where you can fetch a ride to reach your desired destination. Aside from buses and taxi cabs, you can also find and apply for a ride through Grab.

3rd Avenue (Google Street View)


Building Design


Despite its simplicity in its exterior building design, Two Neo’s sleek interiors and professional layout designs provides you a one of a kind office experience that can boost your productivity and engagement. Not to mention its multi-level podium parking equipped with naturally ventilated air conditioning design that caters the need for parking purpose. This building also showcases its sustainability features with its use of renewable energy brought by the partnership with Aboitiz Power. It is able to utilize 14.5 MW of geothermal energy, supporting a greener environment.


Building Amenities


There are commercial spaces on the ground floor of the building where businesses, banks and companies can be seen such as 7- Eleven, Union Bank, Office Warehouse and Asia United bank. It also has a podium parking that has natural ventilation that supplies fresh air that provides adequate internal conditions. You’ll find a well-equipped and fully furnished area that will keep your team working while also giving you a privacy you require. This building also provides a Wi-Fi connection to keep you updated and connected in the online world.

Two NEO's Reception


Efficient and Sustainable


NEO’s advocacy for sustainability is exhibited in Two Neo with its Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards received from the Department of Energy in 2015 and 2016.It also carries a 5-Star Certification for Operations under the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE).


Building Specifications

Building Classification

A

Number of Floors

22

Parking

Levels 2 to 6

Office

Levels 7 to Penthouse (level 23)

Gross Floor Area

18,258 sqm

Construction Floor Area

29,261 sqm

Gross Leasable Area

18,685 sqm

Average Floor Plate

1,189.48 sqm

3. Three NEO


Three NEO was formerly called Net Cube and was Completed last 2008. It is strategically positioned to be near famous landmarks and retail shops, Three NEO holds an exceptional geographical location that is very beneficial for businesses and visitors alike. Its exterior and interior design provide a modernized yet sophisticated look.

View of Three NEO


Prime Location


Located at 3rd Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, the building has numerous options of retail complexes in the vicinity such as Ayala Malls, Zara Clothing stores and Coop Fresh BGC. Moreover, St. Luke’s Medical Center is just a few blocks away. Several food restaurants such as Starbucks, High-street Cafe and many more retail establishments are just a walking distance away from the vicinity.


Transportation


In terms of transportation availability in this area, there are a lot of options that can be used since there are a lot of bus stations nearby the office building such as the Crescent Park Bus station, 3rd Avenue Bus Stop and Net One Bus station. Buses also stretch across 3rd Avenue and bring you to different locations and points across the city. Grab can also be accessible in a single touch to its online application to book a ride and Taxi Cabs are also traversing in the area. Transportation will never be a problem in this area since there are a lot of different options available.

Crescent Park Bus Stop (Google Street View)


Building Design


The touch of black on its exterior color provides more power and strength to the building in terms of its appearance and design. Accompanied by its sophisticated interior and modern features. As the interior design has always been exquisite, its exterior design is also out of this world for its outstanding sophisticated look. The black theme of its walls and vibe makes it more luxurious and divine. Three Neo is also PEZA accredited and has 6 fully functional elevators.

Three NEO's Elevators


Building Amenities


Aside from its elegant display of exterior and interior designs, there are a lot of amenities that this building can offer. One of these are Think pods, which is a type of networking platform or business lounges where they can interact, connect and create different thoughts and ideas with other professionals in private.

Three NEO's Interior


You will never be disappointed with their high class lobby designs while using minimal furniture. Also its hallways are very pleasing to the eye as it promotes relaxation to the tenants or visitors.

Three NEO's Interior


Efficient and Sustainable


This building is not only outstanding with its sophisticated designs but also due to its actions on promoting sustainability and a greener environment. Three Neo also holds a 5-Star Certification for Operations under the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE). It also passed the Health-Safety Rating for facilities and operational Management that addresses various health threats that can put other lives at stake. This ensures and secures the health and safety of every person inside the building. In addition, it also garnered an Energy Efficiency Awards 2020 Outstanding Awards in the large building category.


Building Specifications

Building Classification

A

Number of Floors

23

Parking

Levels 2 to 6

Office

Levels 7 to Penthouse (level 24)

Gross Floor Area

19,240 sqm

Construction Floor Area

30,434 sqm

Gross Leasable Area

19,952 sqm

Average Floor Plate

1,180.73 sqm

4. Four NEO


Previously known as Net Quad and renamed to Four NEO, it became operational in 2008. It consists of 21 floors in total, 14 of which are office floors which can be leased for private offices and retail spaces. Four NEO is a Grade A and PEZA-accredited establishment with modernized interior and functional amenities. Transnational Diversified Group, Seidopro Global, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are some of the biggest multinational companies that operate in Four NEO.

View of Four NEO


Prime Location


Four NEO is located at 4th Avenue corner 30th and 31st Street of BGC. It is surrounded by nearby establishments like Starbucks, High Street Café, Anytime Fitness Gym, Lawson Convenience Store, and Tori Ichi Yakitori Bar. This wide variety of establishments sufficiently provide the needs and wants of the building’s tenants.


Transportation


Four NEO is surrounded by different bus stops and bus stations such as HSBC Bus Stop, 3rd Avenue Bus Stop, and St. Luke’s Bus Stop. There are also multiple parking lots where private vehicle owners can safely park their cards within the vicinity of the development.

4th Avenue (Google Street View)


Building Design


Like all NEO Developments in BGC, Four NEO is also a 5-star Certification holder for operation under the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE). The building consists of 21 floors with a Variable Refrigerant Flow air-conditioning system which provides a comfortable working environment to its tenants. Its minimalist exterior design and with plants across its space is something to look forward to.

Four NEO's Building Design


Building Amenities


As the minimalist exterior design can be deceiving, the inside of the building is elegant and full of different amenities. Upon entering tenants can wait or ask for assistance at the reception area. The building amenities also include a huddle area where people can spend their spare time and a common working area that can be readily used for workspaces. The ISPs present in the building are PLDT and Globe which offer stable internet connections to every tenant. There is an ample amount of parking slots within the building. It has 4 dedicated parking floors with a capacity of 387 parking slots.

Four NEO's Main Entrance and Lobby


Efficient and Sustainable


The Department of Energy awarded Four NEO with the Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Award. It also received the 5-star certification for operations under the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE) in 2018. Lastly, Four NEO has a 5 Stars Advancing Net Zero Energy Certification Pilot Edition which shows its aim to reduce resource consumption and focus on more sustainable resources.


Building Specifications

Building Classification

A

Number of Floors

20

Parking

Levels 2-6

Office

Levels 7 to Penthouse (Level 21)

Gross Floor Area

36,000 sqm

Construction Floor Area

54,987 sqm

Gross Leasable Area

38,522 sqm

Average Floor Plate

2,515 sqm

5. Five NEO


One of the seven NEO buildings in Taguig, Five NEO holds one of the pleasing views of the Manila Golf Club and Makati Skyline. With different amenities such as banks, restaurants, and cafés which are essential to office workers. It was constructed in 2009 and is occupied by a major global corporation known as the JPMorgan Chase Bank.


Previously known as NET Plaza, Five NEO is one of the outstanding building establishments in Bonifacio Global City with its unique exterior design. At a high level Five NEO tenants can see the pleasant view of Manila Golf Club and Makati Skyline which provide relaxation and enjoyment through the scenery. Multinational investment bank JPMorgan Chase Bank completely occupies Five NEO.

View of Five NEO


Prime Location


Five NEO is located at 31st Street, Zamora Circle, Bonifacio Global City. Its prime location is surrounded by different commercial and retail establishments such as Frank and Dean Coffee, Insular Bank, 7-Eleven, St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Tim Hortons Coffee Shop. This provides wide access to different necessities to every office worker within the vicinity.


Transportation


There are several bus stations near Five NEO whose route is along the vicinity. The Crescent Park Bus Station, Bonifacio Stopover, and 3rd Avenue Bus Stop. Commuters can ride buses from EDSA Ayala Bus Terminal and drop at Mckinley. The highway is also accessible for private transportation, Grab, and taxi users.

31st Street, Bonifacio Stopover (Google Street View)


Building Design


Known as the fifth installation of the NEO buildings, Five NEO consists of a parking lot and 22 floors which can be used for office workspaces. Its exterior design can be comparable to Four NEO and provides distinctive looks among other buildings in the area.


Five NEO exterior design can be seen as simple and comparable to other building establishments, but its interior design shows its true beauty from its smooth flooring, high ceiling, and modernized design. The building consists of 22 floors, 6 elevators and a VRF air conditioning system that provides comfortability to its tenants.

Five NEO's Building Design


Building Amenities


Five NEO provides the necessities of an office worker such as coffee shops, banks, and fast-food outlets which are located on the ground level of the office building. The building has 16 office floors including the Mechanical Deck at the top level, 12 passenger lifts, 100% backup power with on-site fuel storage, and two ISP providers such as PLDT and Globe Telecom. There is also a mini garden on the left side of the building wherein office workers can spend their leisure time.

Five NEO's Mini Garden


Efficient and Sustainable


NEO Group has been one of the leading sustainable developers in the Philippines that aims to operate with sustainability and efficiency. Five NEO received an award from Health-Safety Rating for Facilities and Operational Management. Also, in the year 2020, the Energy Efficiency Awards awarded NEO for the Outstanding Awards in the Large Building Category.


Building Specifications

Building Classification

A

Number of Floors

22

Parking

Levels 2-6

Office

GF, Levels 7 to Penthouse (Level 21)

Gross Floor Area

52,090 sqm

Construction Floor Area

83,187 sqm

Gross Leasable Area

55,657 sqm

Average Floor Plate

3,468.86 sqm

6. Six NEO


Six NEO, formerly known as NET Lima, has redefined the Bonifacio Global City skyline with its distinctive architecture and excellent design aspects since its completion in 2013. In addition, Six NEO is a PEZA-certified building.

View of Six NEO


Prime Location


Located at the 5th Avenue and corner of 26th Street in Bonifacio Global City, Six NEO is surrounded by establishments such as coffee shops like Wildflour Cafe and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Bistro, as well as banks like Metrobank, Asia United Bank, and Chinabank, and there are restaurants like Manam, Manila House Private Club, and Motorino Pizza. Furthermore, medical hospitals, including St. Luke's Medical Center and Allied Care Experts (ACE) Medical Center are nearby, which can give immediate health and medical aid in case of emergencies.


Transportation


There are several bus stops within walking distance of Six NEO - such as the 5th Avenue Bus stop and ​​Fort Victoria Bus stop. Also, the Net ONE bus station is 0.24 km away. For a more convenient mode of transportation, taxi cabs and Grab are also available.

26th Street (Google Street View)


Building Design


The striking diagonal lines not only contribute to its modern looks but also help to prevent heat absorption and contribute to energy savings of the building, and Six NEO also creates a one-of-a-kind building envelope system that includes sunshades and a double-glazed glass curtain wall.

Six NEO's Building Design


Building Amenities


The reception lobby of the Six NEO features a clean, uncomplicated style in which guests or tenants may relax while waiting for someone. The building consists of 31 floors, and on the 8th floor, there is a green roof sky park with native plants that helps to mitigate the building's urban heat island impact. Also, tenants or guests may utilize the building's public park, lounges, and drop-off area.

Six NEO's Reception Lobby


Efficient and Sustainable


Six NEO's multiple creative green construction elements earned it honors and recognition from the Property Guru Awards in 2013 and 2014. It also received an Outstanding Award in the Large Building Category of the Department of Energy 2020 Energy Efficient Green Building Awards for its energy efficiency at the 2016 ASEAN Energy Awards. Six NEO was the first to achieve all three levels of BERDE as a pilot project for the Philippine Green Building Council's BERDE, the nationally recognized green building rating standard, with 3 Stars for Design in 2013, 4 Star Certification for New Construction in 2019, and 5 Star Certification for Operations in 2020.


Building Specifications

Building Classification

A

Number of Floors

31

Parking

Levels 2 to 7

Office

Levels 8 to Roof Deck (Level 29)

Gross Floor Area

53,367 sqm

Construction Floor Area

86,939 sqm

Gross Leasable Area

56,225 sqm

Average Floor Plate

2,800 sqm

7. Seven NEO


Seven NEO, formerly known as NET Park and the most recent office skyscraper of NEO Group completed in 2016, represents the pinnacle of NEO's real estate expertise. Being the so-called twin tower of Six NEO, the building also possesses similar outstanding green building features and is a PEZA-certified building.

View of Seven NEO


Prime Location


Located at 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Seven NEO is surrounded by restaurants like SOUV! by Cyma and Manila House Private Club also, Lawson Convenience Store is nearby, allowing residents convenient access to food and other necessities. It is also possible to walk to furniture and appliance stores like Abenson Global City, Muji BGC, and CWC Interiors in case tenants want to look for equipment or furniture for their offices.


Transportation


Commuters can easily traverse the Seven NEO area since various bus stops, such as 5th Avenue Bus Stop and Fort Victoria Bus Stop are within walking distance of the building, and Grab and Taxi cabs can also be used for transportation.

Fort Victoria Bus Stop (Google Street View)


Building Design


The succeeding twin towers, Six NEO and Seven NEO have similar outstanding green building features, including sunshades and a double-glazed glass curtain building envelope system.

Seven NEO's Building Design

Building Amenities

Seven NEO's Reception


Seven NEO also has a triangular public park named NEO Park, which is accessible from the ground level's retail shops. The structure has 38 levels, including the green roof sky park and condensate water recycling with an additional rainwater harvesting system installed on the 8th floor. The ground floor is classy and has a modern design that is pleasing to the eye. Also, there are access points before entering another floor for safety and security.

Seven NEO's Entrance



Efficient and Sustainable


The industry-leading structure has received several awards since its inception, including Highly Commended Best Commercial Architectural Design for Office in the 2014 Philippine Property Awards and 5 Star Best Commercial High-rise Development in the 2016 International Property Awards Asia Pacific. Seven NEO has also been awarded a 5 Star Certification for New Construction by the Philippine Green Building Council's BERDE, the nationally recognized green building rating system.


Building Specifications

Building Classification

A

Number of Floors

38

Parking

Levels 2 to 7

Office

Levels 8 to 38

Gross Floor Area

62,965 sqm

Construction Floor Area

113,371 sqm

Gross Leasable Area

64,614 sqm

Average Floor Plate

2,277 sqm

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