At the end of the Q1 2020, the total supply of modern warehouse space in Poland exceeded the level of 19 million sqm. The Warsaw market (three zones) maintained its leading position and accounted for nearly 23% of the total supply in the country (4.3 million sqm), Colliers International reports.
The COVID-19 crisis is expected to accelerate change in global supply chains, manufacturing and online retailing that could benefit the European property market, says Colliers International in its latest “Trends Emerging and Accelerated by the Covid-19 Pandemic” report.
Colliers International has been appointed to manage the first stage of the Face2Face Business Campus in Katowice, which is being developed by Echo Investment. The commission brings the Silesian portfolio of Colliers’ property management department up to more than 40,000 sqm of office space.
In Q1 2020, approximately 50,000 sqm of modern retail space was delivered to the market in Poland. The construction of four schemes was completed: Galeria Chełm (17,500 sqm), Stop Shop Siedlce (14,100 sqm), Galeria Kupiecka in Otwock (10,000 sqm) and Vendo Park Jawor (6,700 sqm). However, due to the onset of the coronavirus epidemic, the new shopping centres have limited possibilities to serve consumers, in the same as all large retails facilities in Poland.
Owners are looking carefully at their exposure to risk, especially in terms of covenant strength and government measures affecting rental payments, according to Colliers International’s CEE Investment report for Q1 2020. Residential tops the sectors due to one deal but offices (27% share) have maintained their place in the order of preference, closely followed by industrial and logistics (26% share) in Q1 2020.
Colliers International has taken over the management of Prosta Office Centre in Warsaw. The current owner of Prosta Office Centre is KGAL Investment Management which acquired it from Cromwell Property Group at the beginning of this year.
Almost 70% of landlords and tenants in the office market believe that the COVID-19 epidemics will continue to affect their business throughout this whole year, with first signs of recovery being expected to start with 2021, according to a study conducted by Colliers International among 60 landlords and more than 100 tenants.
Wilsons, an independent law firm, has signed a lease agreement for 800 sqm of office space in The Flow Building. Situated on Wenceslas Square and developed by Flow East. Wilsons will move into their new premises in Q3 2021.
Echo Investment has leased 8,500 sqm of commercial space to the Kaufland chain in the shopping center at Opieńskiego Street. The store will be opened in April 2021.
Barbora, the owner of the e-grocery store Barbora.pl, has leased 6,000 sqm of warehouse and office space in Ożarów II Logistics Centre. The tenant was represented during the transaction process by Cushman & Wakefield.
Olga Szczęsna has joined JLL Poland's Office Agency Department, where she has taken up the position of director. Olga will be responsible for the commercialization of buildings from the Patrizia portfolio, including N21, Metron and G9, as well as the Central Point building, currently under construction in the centre of Warsaw.
JLL Romania consolidates its industrial team by recruiting Ciprian Sîrbu in order to provide Supply Chain services on the local market. Ciprian Sîrbu has over 10 years of experience in logistics, e-commerce, and industrial supply chain, completed by 7 years in which he worked in the IT field. His role within JLL is to provide advice to customers in streamlining the supply chain like the need for such services increases.
Simona Costache has joined Romanian developer One United Properties as Executive Director, Residential Sales. With 15 years of experience in real estate, Simona has been involved in sales, rental and facility management for residential developers in Bucharest.
Property Forum is a leading event hub in the CEE real estate industry with nearly 10 years of experience. We organise conferences, business breakfasts and workshops focused on real estate, in London, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Bratislava and Prague, amongst other locations.