News Article FLE investment JLL Krakow office Poland
by Property Forum | Office

JLL has represented a leading multi-product real estate manager for institutional investors, on the sale transaction of the K1 office building. The project was acquired by the Luxemburg fund FLE SICAV FIS – for investments in CEE and DACH exclusively advised by FLE GmbH, headquartered in Vienna. The value of the transaction is confidential.

K1 with its 76.47 meters is the highest building in Kraków. It is permanently placed in the city skyline and it has become one of the symbols of the Kraków. The building on its ground floor, 20 above-ground floors and two underground floors provide almost 12,600 sqm of leasable space. K1 has a Green Building BREEAM certificate on a Very Good level.
“K1 is a great example of an older asset successful modernization. Commissioned for use in 1998, and being the tallest office building in the city, K1 still dominates the skyline after its refurbishment in 2015. This deal illustrates a noticeable increase of investors’ interest towards older properties which very often offer a great central location, high-quality workplaces, recognizable and stable tenant portfolio”, says Piotr Piasecki, Head of Corporate Finance, JLL.
K1 is situated at Grzegórzeckie Roundabout (Pokoju 1 Avenue), in the centre of Kraków city. It is very well connected with the historical part of the city and other districts via the major trams and car routes. Old Town Ring with its famous Old Market Square and Wawel Castle is within walking distance. An additional benefit of the location is the short distance from Galeria Kazimierz shopping mall - around 4 minutes, Vistula Boulevards around 8 minutes and Main Railway Station around 9 minutes.
During the sales process, JLL and EY advised the vendor, while TPA and Avison Young partnered with FLE GmbH. Legal advisers for the transaction were CMS for the vendor and White & Case for the buyer.
Last year, for the second time in the history of the Polish office sector, investment volumes exceeded the €2 billion mark and reached €2.75 billion, which outperformed 2006's record volume by over 20%. Transactions take place not only in Warsaw but also on other major cities, with Kraków being regional number one in terms of investors activity and volumes. Investor sentiment in Kraków is boosted by leading tenant activity totalling almost 210,000 sqm of space let in 2018.