Edition 9 (213) September 2016


The creative spark

It was the 6th century and the inhabitants of the Venetia et Histria region took the fateful decision to evacuate from the mainland to a group of lagoon islands to take refuge from an invasion of marauding Lombards.

Ewa Andrzejewska
Office & mixed-use development

Business is booming

In three years the business services sector will be the largest branch of the Polish economy. Its growth dynamics indicate that it will exceed the current leader, the automotive industry, in terms of employment. What are the main assets of Poland from the point of view of international companies locating their modern business service centres in our country?

Interviewer: Rafał Ostrowski
Warehouse & industrial

Busy summer for Panattoni

POLAND The last few weeks were a very busy period for Panattoni Europe, with the company having recently announced several new projects across Poland. The developer has started the development of a 34,000 sqm build-to-own factory for German vehicle components manufacturer IFA Rotorion in the Katowice Special Economic Zone. The plant, which will be situated on a 12.6 ha plot in Ujazd, is to be used for the production of driveshafts for Mercedes class ‘C’, ‘E’ and ‘S’ vehicles.

Stock market report

On the rebound

During the summer holidays there is often an air of positivity on the global stock exchanges, even after a tricky few months. Following a tense June, with the shock UK referendum result in favour of leaving the EU and the subsequent sharp declines on the global trading floors, in July there was a soothing of investors’ nerves – prices on both developed and emerging markets grew, while WIG-Construction enjoyed double-digit growths


Re-fitted out for purpose

Holding onto your tenants and the recommercialisation of older properties can be quite a challenge. Their owners, agents and branding specialists are having to wrack their brains to come up with the most effective ways of filling such buildings

Rafał Ostrowski

One year after

This time last year we interviewed the heads of Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ as they announced the sensational merger of the two real estate services companies. Twelve months down the line, what progress have they made – and how are they responding to the seismic shock of the Brexit vote? We spoke to Cushman & Wakefield’s EMEA chief executive John Forrester, the company’s head of Central and Eastern Europe, Jonathan Hallett, and Charles Taylor, the head of Poland

Nathan North
Retail & leisure

The new agoras

The development of new public space around shopping centre projects, which can compete with more traditional town squares, is increasingly regarded by developers as a sound business decision – quality outdoor architecture draws in visitors and translates into higher turnover rates in malls

Adam Zdrodowski

MICE without a home

How should Poland be promoted for the requirements of the lucrative meetings sector? The answer, from all of those who have a stake in it, is investment in venues

Rafał Ostrowski

Italian passion

The recently completed first building of the Proximo office complex on Rondo Daszyńskiego in Warsaw features the Polish debut of world-famous designers Pininfarina in the design of the lobby. We spoke to the company’s president, Paolo Pininfarina, about what they plan to do next in the country

Anna Pakulniewicz

Glorious volley for Panattoni

All the leading real estate companies got together on August 4th at the La Playa Music Bar in Warsaw for this year’s Charity Real Estate Beach Volleyball Tournament organised by JLL. A total of 44 teams and 308 players participated in the volleyball matches, while app. 1,500 people attended the whole event


Switching to digital

Bringing together retail market professionals as well as logistics and warehouse developers could have been a volatile mixture. But as it turned out, the only explosions were those of creative ideas and the occasional bursts of laughter – during the meeting organised by Eurobuild Conferences


Taking – and still not giving back?

Sometimes when you have no idea how to solve a problem, you throw something just to GET A reaction. When the issue at hand is humdrum and everyday, this might even work. BUT Things get trickier if used as an approach to problems that have built up over many years and there are a few billion złoty at stake. Which is a good way to characterise Warsaw’s approach to the persistent issue of restitution

Tomasz Szpyt