Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H
GmbH ( limited liability company)[1]
Industry Real estate[2]
Predecessor Federal Buildings Directorate Vienna (Bundesbaudirektion Wien)
Various Federal Buildings Administrations (Bundesgebäudeverwaltungen)
Founded Vienna, Austria (December 29, 1992 (1992-12-29))[1]
Founder Government of Austria
Headquarters Vienna, Austria[3]
Area served
Restricted to the territory of the Republic of Austria[1]
Key people
Wolfgang Gleissner (Managing Director)
Hans-Peter Weiss (Managing Director)[4]
Revenue 774 million EUR (2008)[5]
219 million EUR (2008)[5]
Profit 42 million EUR (2008)[5]
Total assets 4613 million EUR (2008)[5]
Total equity 834 million EUR (2008)[5]
Owner Republic of Austria (100%)[6]
Number of employees
812 (2008)[7]
Subsidiaries BIG Finanzdienstleistungen GMBH
BIG Entwicklungs-Und Verwertungs GMBH[8]
Website big.at

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H or BIG is a quasi-governmental company in Austria, which manages Austrian publicly owned real estate.[8] BIG is the central provider of space for several public sector functions such as schools, universities, prisons, courts and police stations.[9] It rents out buildings to the government entities using them, carries out renovations and new investments, and handles sales of buildings and land no longer in use by the public sector.[8]


BIG was created by law in 1992, with the objective of centralizing property management for Austria’s public sector.[2] The federal real-estate property had previously been managed by the Federal Buildings Directorate Vienna (Bundesbaudirektion Wien) in the Vienna province, and in the other provinces by the Federal Buildings Administrations (Bundesgebäudeverwaltungen).[10] The aim was to improve the cost-efficiency of various government departments.[2] The underlying premise for this system of internal rent was that requiring departments to pay for and account for their usage of buildings would force them to rationalise their use of space and allow surplus space to be put to alternative use or sold.[2]

Organizational form

BIG is a legal entity of the form Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, shortly GmbH, which is a form of limited liability company.[1] The sole owner of BIG is the Republic of Austria,[1] and the company's activities cannot be considered separate from government policy.[11] Any changes in ownership would require a prior amendment to the law by simple majority.[1]

Economy and market

Unlike other companies close to the Austrian government, BIG acts on the free real estate market,[12] but its business activities are restricted to the Republic of Austria.[1] The Austrian government is dependent on BIG, since it has a de facto monopoly on special-purpose buildings such as educational facilities and prisons.[13] The Austrian government entitiessuch as ministries and universitiesthat rent these buildings, account for 98% of BIG:s rental income,[8] Therefore, BIG and the Austrian public sector may be inferred to be in a bilateral monopoly situation with regard to special-purpose buildings. Rents are fixed on a market-like basis, though with adjustments for special-purpose buildings.[14]

Principal activities

BIG engages in:[13]

Real estate portfolio

In 2008, the book value of the real estate owned by BIG was approximately 4.15 billion EUR.[5] The real estate portfolio consisted of:[2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 BIG 2008, p. 10
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Moody's 2009, p. 2
  3. BIG: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  4. BIG: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 BIG financial statement 2008, pp. 12
  6. Moody's 2009, p. 5
  7. BIG financial statement 2008, p. 19
  8. 1 2 3 4 Moody's 2009, p. 3
  9. BIG 2008, p. 3
  10. BIG: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  11. Moody's 2009, p. 1
  12. BIG: Archived June 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. 1 2 BIG 2008, p. 29
  14. Moody's 2009, p. 4


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