Growing demand for offices tailored to employees’ needs, the handover of the second West Station office building, construction milestones at Varso Place and the introduction of new business lines — it was a busy year for the Polish branch of the real estate developer HB Reavis. Over the last 12 months, tenants of Gdanski Business Center, West Station and Postepu 14 leased more than 52,000 sq m in those buildings.
Over the ten years of its presence in Warsaw, HB Reavis has accumulated a wealth of experience. Our buildings combine the quality of architecture and delivery, innovation and attention to the health and well-being of their users. We are proud that we can work with such a wide range of clients, making sure that their dream offices become a reality,
says Karol Wyka, Country Leasing Director at HB Reavis Poland.
In the period under analysis, the most popular development was West Station, located next to the Warszawa Zachodnia railway station, where HB Reavis signed lease agreements for approximately 33,400 sq m of office and retail space. The project was completed in August with the handover of the second building which was recognised as the Best Office Development in Poland in several major industry competitions, Eurobuild Awards, CIJ Awards and Prime Property Prize. One of Warsaw’s most accessible business hubs has welcomed or will soon welcome companies such as Diebold Nixdorf (over 11,000 sq m), eTravel, Merck and Marquard Media.
The high-tech growth is transforming the way in which both start-ups and large corporations operate, driving the demand for coworking spaces – a trend perfectly visible on the Warsaw market in recent months. In addition, traditional offices increasingly resemble coworking spaces with chill-out zones and activity based workplace solutions.
We want to be at the forefront of changes in the real estate market, not only creating friendly, popular buildings but also providing services that go beyond the expertise of a typical developer. In 2017, we successfully launched Origameo, our in-house consulting team specialising in workplace solutions. We also opened HubHub, a co-working centre and event space at Postepu 14, which is increasingly attracting interest among young entrepreneurs,
says Grzegorz Strutyński, Commercial Director and Board Member at HB Reavis Poland.
According to schedule, the largest construction site in the Warsaw city centre saw works continue on the below grade part of all three buildings, including a 310-metre tower designed by Foster + Partners. Construction will reach ground level in a few months with the completion date scheduled for 2019-2020.