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In Berlin Hyp’s most recent Trendbarometer, more than 200 real estate professionals expressed their opinions on opportunities and risks in the real estate industry at the moment. In addition, the expert survey focused on the effects of megatrends such as demographic developments, digitalisation and urbanisation.

The first question in the most recent Trendbarometer survey on the outlook for the rest of the year shows the calm mood of the industry that apparently now prevails when it comes to talking about the situation. 71 pct of the respondents said they do not believe the dry spell is over yet. However, only 8 pct expect the situation to take a turn for the worse, and 21 pct believe we have hit rock bottom and that things can therefore only get better.

The real estate industry must address a number of challenges in order to ensure a successful turnaround that lasts. These include climate change, an ageing society, increased migration into cities, changed consumption habits and rapid technological progress. Berlin Hyp therefore wanted to find out if companies in the real estate industry are ready for this. The response to the question “How would you describe the level of the industry’s willingness to change?” shows a balanced view. While 42 pct rate the “willingness to change” enquired about as “rather high”, 53 pct of the respondents deem it to be “rather low”. Interest rates, inflation and higher construction costs have been the focus of discussions in the real estate industry as of late. However, further risks also persist on top of these, and they are possibly being neglected in light of the crisis.

The answers to that question are “Shortage of skilled labour caused by a brain drain and demographics” (61 pct), followed by “The development of infrastructure for renewable energy is progressing too slowly” (52 pc), “Refinancing risks and equity gaps” (51 pct) and “Decline in employment in the construction industry” (42 pct).

We now need to address not only current issues such as interest rates and inflation, but also the more extensive industrialisation of the construction value chain, making processes faster, less expensive and more flexible. Furthermore, we have to seize the opportunities offered to us by the energy transformation, for example. In this regard, investment in our country’s energy infrastructure is just as urgently needed as investment in the existing properties themselves, if not even more. It is thus no longer possible to view infrastructure and real estate as two separate things.
Sascha Klaus, chair of the Board of Management of Berlin Hyp

Countering the shortage of skilled labour with programmes for older employees, The Trendbarometer question “How can the real estate industry protect itself against the loss of skilled labour?” was meant to shed light on ways to counter the lack of skilled labour. 50 pct of the respondents chose “Accelerate the digitalisation processes” as the most important way to compensate for a lack of employees.

In addition to demographic developments, the increase in urbanisation has caused a lot of societal problems. For example, the large number of people migrating to cities and large metropolitan areas are facing a housing shortage. New residential construction is
experiencing a fundamental crisis. Therefore, Berlin Hyp asked the real estate professionals what would need to happen for residential construction to recover. The top answer, “Less red tape” (73 pct) did not come as a surprise; “Fewer construction-related constraints and regulations” (59 pct) and “More serial and modular construction” (47 pct) came in second and third, respectively.

The transformation of city centres may offer further potential in terms of a solution to the housing shortage. City centres now have a number of vacancies for office and retail properties, in some cases even in prominent locations. That is why Berlin Hyp asked “How can city centres and city district centres be transformed in a meaningful way?”. “Reutilisation of large store spaces” (61 pct), “Redensification for more housing” (49 pct) and “Adjusted infrastructure” (48 per cent) seem to be equally relevant.

Digitalisation remains a hot topic for the real estate industry. Real estate professionals rate “Building information modelling” (55 pct), “Artificial intelligence” (43 pct), “Cloud technologies” (31 pct) and the “Internet of Things” (31 pct) as particularly relevant for the industry’s future.

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Events

Poland The sector keeps moving!

schedule 23 May 2024
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Tomorrow, as every year, we will meet at the golf course in Rajszew and at the Warszawianka courts to build relationships, have fun and, at the same time, take care of the condition of... the industry. All this in the spirit of healthy sporting competition.

Material partner

Poland Excellent Fern at Off Piotrkowska

schedule 04 April 2024
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Intensive commercialization of the multifunctional Fern building under construction at Off Piotrkowska Center has begun. A modern building, the construction of which will start at the turn of 2024/2025, offers 4,700 sqm of service space and 2,700 sqm of office space.

Office & mixed-use development

Czech Republic Hila takes off in Prague

schedule 23 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

Passerinvest Group symbolically launched the construction of the multifunctional Hila building in Brumlovka, Prague 4. Upon its completion in 2027, the building will provide a combination of approximately 20,500 sqm of offices for rent, 71 rental flats and retail spaces of 2000 sqm.

Office & mixed-use development

Hungary Vitrum to be handed over in autumn 

schedule 23 May 2024
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Liget Center Vitrum, part of Wing Liget Center multi-building project developed by Wing in the centre of Budapest, is structurally complete. The new boutique office be completed in the autumn.

Hotels

Hungary Skybar opens in Budapest

schedule 22 May 2024
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Cloud IX, Budapest’s latest panoramic skybar, has been opened in the ibis & Tribe Budapest Stadium Hotel in the WING Liberty building. Opened last December in Budapest’s District IX, the hotel complex boasts a total of 332 rooms and a wide range of services.

Investment & finance

Poland Green financing for three CPIPG office assets

schedule 22 May 2024
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CPI Property Group Poland has concluded a green refinancing transaction with Aareal Bank amounting to more than EUR 277 mln. The funds received will be used for the refinancing of three Warsaw office properties: Warsaw Financial Center, Equator IV and Eurocentrum.

Office & mixed-use development

Poland Mercer isn't moving out

schedule 22 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

Global firm Mercer, part of the Marsh McLennan Group, has renegotiated its lease at the myhive Nimbus building and remains at 7,300 sqm.

Residential

Poland First residential units in Towarowa 22 project

schedule 22 May 2024
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The residential part of the Towarowa 22 project in Warsaw is taking off. Archicom is starting to sell flats in the first building under the Archicom Collection brand, which will stand in the immediate vicinity of the planned park.

Residential

Romania Phase III of The Level Apartments takes off

schedule 22 May 2024
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Romanian residential developer Redport Capital has announced the start of construction of Phase III of The Level Apartments. The project has received a building permit for 105 apartments to be developed with an investment of EUR 13 mln.

Warehouse & industrial

Poland CTP will build for dogs

schedule 22 May 2024
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CTP has been appointed by dog food manufacturers PsiBufet and Butternut Box to build a specialist facility to produce fresh dog food for distribution across continental Europe. The new facility is being developed in a build-to-suit model at CTPark Zabrze.

Warehouse & industrial

Panattoni Park Kraków East IV is ready

schedule 22 May 2024
Opr./edited by ANZ

Panattoni has completed the construction of Panattoni Park Kraków East IV. The completion will be financed with a EUR 10.5 mln loan from Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego. The facility has been fully leased by Omega Pilzno.

Office & mixed-use development

Poland Batory I is fully let

schedule 21 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

ZST (Zintegrowane Systemy Techniczne) has increased the size of its head office in the Batory I office building. As a result of the expansion, the Warsaw office building owned and managed by Globalworth Poland is now fully leased. 

Office & mixed-use development

Poland Some Oxygen for IT company

schedule 21 May 2024
Opr./edited by JC

LSI Software, a provider of IT systems that enhance operations and business management, has become a new tenant of the Oxygen Park office complex in Warsaw.

Warehouse & industrial

Poland New park from Panattoni

schedule 20 May 2024
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Panattoni is launching the construction of a new speculative centre in the Łódź region. The project is to have an eventual size of close to 30,000 sqm

Office & mixed-use development

Poland Baskerville gets independent

schedule 20 May 2024
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Baskervill, an international architectural, engineering, and design firm, opened up its office in Gdańsk. A 200-sqm space is located in Officyna building.

Office & mixed-use development

Poland House of Skills is staying at Bolero

schedule 20 May 2024
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Consulting and Training Consortium, owner of House of Skills and e-learning.pl brands, has extended its lease at Bolero Office Point 1 in Warsaw. The new lease agreement provides the entire organization with 900 sqm of office space that has been signed through 2030.

Warehouse & industrial

Romania Cargus opens its new hub in Sibiu

schedule 17 May 2024
Opr./edited by ANZ

CTP expands its partnership with Cargus, a courier company in Romania, with the inauguration of a new location in Sibiu.

Office & mixed-use development

Poland UBC II will be modern again

schedule 17 May 2024
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Atenor, the Belgian developer responsible for the Lakeside development in Warsaw's Mokotów district, intends to renovate the neighbouring UBC II building. The project received planning permission in March this year.

Office & mixed-use development

Poland Axi Immo stays in the tower

schedule 16 May 2024
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Axi Immo has decided to extend its existing lease and add new space for its growing business lines in Warsaw's Spektrum Tower office building.

Warehouse & industrial

Romania VGP Park Bucharest North will grow

schedule 16 May 2024
Opr./edited by ANZ

VGP, a European provider of logistics spaces and semi-industrial real estate, has initiated the construction of the third building in VGP Park Bucharest North (A3). Building A covers an area of almost 26,000 sqm and has already two tenants, who have signed lease contracts for a total of more than 8,000 sqm.

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schedule 06 May 2024

Digitalisation to the rescue

In Berlin Hyp’s most recent Trendbarometer, more than 200 real estate professionals expressed their opinions on opportunities and risks in the real estate industry at the moment. In addition, the expert survey focused on the effects of megatrends such as demographic developments, digitalisation and urbanisation.

schedule 08 January 2024

There's hope in the modules

According to the report released by research firm Spectis, “Modular construction market in Poland 2024-2029”, top 100 manufacturers of prefabricated buildings made of wood, steel, concrete, or LECA generated revenue of nearly PLN 10 bln in 2022, with 47 pct of the figure contributed by sales in the modular building segment.

schedule 17 July 2023

Erbud and Daewoo sign five-year MOU

Polish construction company Erbud has signed a cooperation agreement with South Korean giant Daewoo Engineering & Construction to jointly implement projects in the energy and key industrial, infrastructural and military sectors across Poland.

schedule 03 July 2023

Russian builders enlisted in return for orders

Moscow city authorities have “asked” development and construction companies to enlist their workers to fight in the war in Ukraine in exchange for orders. One of these corporations is to provide the Russian defence ministry with 30 volunteers ready to be posted to the front by the end of August.

schedule 17 April 2023

Skanska to build for CD Projekt

Skanska has been commissioned to construct a new building for Polish video game developer CD Projekt on its main campus in Warsaw’s Praga Północ district.

schedule 02 March 2023

Training centre in Attendorn

Viega has launched an interactive training centre near its headquarters in Attendorn. Over five floors, Viega World occupies a total of 12,000 sqm of space.

schedule 12 July 2022

Frontex opens new HQ tender

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has opened a tender to select a contractor for the design-and-build project of its future headquarters in Warsaw.

schedule 22 June 2022

Erbud wins PLN 30 mln WUM contract

Erbud has been awarded a PLN 29.8 mln contract to modernise the Rector’s Office of the Medical University of Warsaw (WUM).

schedule 20 May 2022

Atlas Ward starts work on Szczecin sheds

Atlas Ward Polska has started work on two logistics parks with a total area of over 70,000 sqm on the eastern outskirts of Szczecin for Panattoni.

schedule 11 May 2022

Rex-Bud to build MDC2 Park Gliwice

Polish industrial developer MDC2 has chosen Rex-Bud Budownictwo to be the general contractor for MDC2 Park Gliwice in Upper Silesia.

schedule 29 April 2022

FineTech chosen to complete Lixa

Yareal has commissioned FineTech Construction to be the general contractor responsible for completing the final stages of its Lixa office complex in Warsaw.

schedule 28 April 2022

Prices rise for construction

Prices for building materials in Poland increased by close to 30 pct over the last twelve months according to Savills.

schedule 21 March 2022

Erbud to rebuild Gdańsk shipping infrastructure

Erbud is to reconstruct the Nabrzeże Szyprów shore in Gdańsk for PLN 28.5 mln.

schedule 25 February 2022

Hochtief builds for Warsaw University

Hochtief Polska has completed construction work on an educational building for the University of Warsaw on ul. Dobra for the department of applied linguistics.

schedule 28 January 2022

Financing secured for completion of The Park Kraków

International investor Cain International and its local development partner, White Star Real Estate, have secured a EUR 36 mln loan from PKO BP to complete the development of The Park Kraków.

schedule 26 January 2022

Erbud takes in GWI for wooden mod cons

Polish construction firm Erbud has merged its subsidiary Mod21 with German wooden modular buildings specialist GWI to establish a new company, also called Mod21.

schedule 31 December 2021

Erbud wins PLN 300 mln Lidl contract

Erbud has been awarded a PLN 298.4 mln contract to build a distribution centre for discount retailer Lidl near Błonie, west of Warsaw.

schedule 02 December 2021

Erbud to build three residential blocks in Warsaw

Erbud has announced a PLN 52.8 mln contract with Polish Export Trade & Investment to build three residential buildings in Warsaw’s Praga-Południe district.

schedule 10 November 2021

Skanska partners with Holcim

Skanska has announced a strategic partnership with concrete supplier Holcim Romania to help it reach carbon neutrality by 2045.

schedule 09 November 2021

Warsaw psychology faculty takes shape

Work is progressing on Mostostal Warszawa’s construction of a new building for the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Warsaw, having now reached the foundation slab stage.

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