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News CEE industrial markets follow Germany’s footsteps
21
Feb
2017

CEE industrial markets follow Germany’s footsteps

by Ákos Budai
The amount of industrial space leased in key Central and Eastern European markets in 2016 was the largest ever recorded, totalling 5.7 million sqm. This represents a 25% increase over the preceding two years when about 4.5 million sqm was leased. The strong take-up among tenants was linked with an extensive new development at 2.2 million sqm. The findings are based on the research conducted by Cushman & Wakefield, which has been monitoring the industrial property market in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia over an extended period.
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News Poland remains popular among investors
20
Feb
2017

Poland remains popular among investors

by Ákos Budai
Poland remains the powerhouse of Central and Eastern Europe attracting close to half the capital invested in the region over 2016 as activity grew 5% over the year to €5.2 billion. According to Cushman & Wakefield, with the uncertainty around upcoming elections in major European countries and the ongoing Brexit challenges, Poland and the CEE region will maintain their strong position as a focus for any pan-European investment strategy.
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News Czech Republic and Hungary outperform rest of CEE
16
Feb
2017

Czech Republic and Hungary outperform rest of CEE

by Ákos Budai
Occupier and investment sentiment continues to be positive across Central and Eastern Europe according to the RICS Commercial Property Monitor for Q4 2016. Hungary and the Czech Republic remain the most upbeat markets, with Bulgaria and Croatia also gaining momentum. In Romania the pace of growth seems to be slowing down, although sentiment and projections continue to be broadly positive.
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News Strong year ahead for Poland’s industrial market
14
Feb
2017

Strong year ahead for Poland’s industrial market

by Ákos Budai
Poland’s total industrial and logistics stock surpassed the 11 million sqm mark at year-end 2016. Leasing activity remained strong for another consecutive year, leading to record high take-up, with more than 3 million sqm being transacted. The largest leasing volumes were recorded in Warsaw’s suburbs and Upper Silesia, and – of the smaller markets – in Szczecin and Bydgoszcz-Toruń. Cushman & Wakefield presented is yearly review on Poland’s industrial market.
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News Prague office market set to revive in 2017
14
Feb
2017

Prague office market set to revive in 2017

by Ákos Budai
Office tenants can look forward to a new supply of administrative space that is going to be delivered to the Prague market in 2017 and 2018. Last´s year paradox, when the economy was booming and the market registered a robust demand for new office space, but the amount of new completions dropped to a historical low, is forecast to be cleared out in the months to come. Currently, there are 330 000 sqm of new offices under construction in Prague out of which approximately half (171 000 sqm) is expected to be delivered this year. JLL looked at the largest office submarkets of the Czech capital in detail.
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News South African investors dominated the Polish market in 2016
09
Feb
2017

South African investors dominated the Polish market in 2016

by Ákos Budai
2016 was a record-breaking year for the Polish investment market and had the best investment performance since the financial crisis in 2009. With over €4.5 billion transacted in 2016, Poland remains the stand out performer across the CEE region, CBRE reports in its latest in research. 
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News Retail developers go for regional cities in Romania
09
Feb
2017

Retail developers go for regional cities in Romania

by Ákos Budai
The Romanian retail market continued to expand in 2016 with total stock reaching 1.22 million sqm in Bucharest and 2.3 million sqm in regional cities. For 2017 no major retail project is scheduled for completion in the capital, while 130,000 sqm are expected to be delivered in regional cities. DTZ Echinox Romania published its retail reports for 2016.
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News Retailers continue to expand in Poland
09
Feb
2017

Retailers continue to expand in Poland

by Ákos Budai
Poland’s total retail stock stood at nearly 14 million sqm at year-end 2016. Shopping centres continue to dominate the market, accounting for 73% of the country’s stock, followed by retail warehouses (18%), retail parks (8%) and outlet centres (1%). Last year’s new supply totalled 460,600 sqm, of which more than three-fourths were delivered across shopping centres. Twenty two new retail schemes were opened in 2016: 15 shopping centres, the largest being Posnania in Poznań (99,000 sqm) and Galeria Metropolia in Gdańsk (34,000 sqm), two retail parks and five standalone retail warehouses. Extensions and redevelopments of 13 existing schemes provided 74,000 sqm of leasable space, making up 16% of the total annual supply. Cushman & Wakefield presented its latest report on Poland’s retail market.
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News Changing investor profile hits all of CEE
08
Feb
2017

Changing investor profile hits all of CEE

by Ákos Budai
Total commercial real estate investment across CEE (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) reached €4.4bn in Q4 2016, a 27% increase on Q4 2015. This took full year volumes for 2016 to just over €11bn, an 11% increase on 2015 (€9.9bn), bucking the wider trend across Europe and on the continent where volumes shrank year-on-year. Cushman & Wakefield Czech Republic predicts a further growth of the region. 
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News Polish regional office markets on the rise
03
Feb
2017

Polish regional office markets on the rise

by Ákos Budai
In 2016, total office stock in Poland’s eight key regional cities (Krakow, Wrocław, Tricity, Katowice, Poznań, Łódź, Szczecin and Lublin) rose to nearly 4 million sqm. Krakow, Wrocław and Tricity remain the largest regional office hubs. Office take-up hit nearly 590,000 sqm, which represented a 50% rise on the average for the years 2011–2015. Cushman & Wakefield presented an overview of the Polish regional office market for 2016 in its latest report.
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Latest news


New leases

  • A showroom of the IWC Home and Dion brands has opened in the Homepark Janki retail park, owned by the Pradera European Retail Parks Fund, occupying about 680 sqm of retail space.
  • Hatrans Logistics, which operates in the logistics and transportation services sector, has leased 5,000 sqm of warehouse and office space at the Hillwood Łódź Chocianowice park.
  • TPL Logistic has leased nearly 3,700 sqm of warehouse and office space in the P3 Blonie park near Warsaw, thereby increasing the space it previously occupied to 5,000 sqm in two warehouses.

New appointments

  • At the beginning of July, Jesika Mackiewicz took the position of Business Manager of Warsaw projects at Matexi Poland. She will be responsible for development of the company portfolio of residential projects and land purchases.
  • Rafał Kincer has been appointed CEO of Polski Holding Hotelowy. The new head of the state-owned hotel company will take the helm in mid-July.
  • Anne Kavanagh, former CEO of residential and mixed-use developer Telford Homes (of the Trammell Crow Company group), has been appointed president of ULI Europe. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) also announced the appointment of Angela Cain as global CEO.

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