After delivering 400,000 sqm of warehouse space in 2021, 7R continues to pursue its expansion strategy with 800,000 sqm currently under construction throughout Poland. In Upper Silesia, the company is developing a number of projects including a production and warehouse facility at 7R City Park Katowice I, which will deliver over 49,600 sqm to the market. The project will be ready in Q4 2022.
Experts predict that in the first six months of 2022, the total warehouse space stock in Poland will exceed 25 million sqm. According to JLL, Upper Silesia stood out among the Big Five markets with the largest increase in new supply of 400,000 sqm in the first three quarters of 2021. Developer activity in the region continues to grow. On the site of the former Szopienice Nonferrous Metals Plant, 7R is developing a warehouse park consisting of two buildings of over 41,100 sqm and 8,500 sqm.
"The construction of 7R City Park Katowice I is related to the revitalization of post-industrial space. By taking up this challenge, we have a chance to restore the usefulness of the place which once housed Poland's largest copper and brass rolling mill. Brownfield investment is also an important element of the smart city concept and regional development, of which we want to be a part. Using urban brownfield locations, we can contribute toward sustainable construction, and provide facilities that support last mile logistics processes and production development", said Bartłomiej Krawiecki, Vice-Chairman of the Board and COO of 7R.
The 7R investment in Katowice will be commissioned for use at the end of 2022. The general contractor of the project is STRABAG.
The facility will feature the possibility of high storage – up to 12 m, as well as the ability to separate smaller modules through a combination of two solutions – big box and city flex. Both buildings will offer modern office space.
"7R City Park Katowice I will be located next to the S86 junction and in the vicinity of national road number 79. In addition to production and warehouse space, with minimum modules of 1,000 or 3,200 sq m, the project will provide an open green relaxation zone. The investment will also be BREEAM certified, confirming the application of environmentally friendly solutions related to energy efficiency and a comfortable working environment. To reduce the level of energy consumption, we will use LED lighting, skylights and destryfiers", comments Mateusz Gierka, Leasing Director at 7R
The construction of buildings on undeveloped land is also often a source of historical, interesting discoveries. During the construction works at 7R City Park Katowice I, the developer found an object, which was established in May 1984 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the construction and commissioning of the first metal smelter in the area. The exhibit is now at the Museum of Zinc Metallurgy WALCOWNIA.
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