BNY Mellon, an international company from the banking and finance sector, has leased all office space in the second phase of Skanska’s Centrum Południe complex located in Wrocław. The tenant’s employees will occupy 20,300 sqm of comfortable office space, equipped with technologies designed to save water and energy. The opening of the new office is scheduled for April 2024. This is the largest lease transaction in Wrocław since 2020.
Established in 1784, BNY Mellon is America’s oldest bank and the first company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BK). Today, BNY Mellon powers capital markets around the world through comprehensive solutions that help clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment life cycle. BNY Mellon had $46.6 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration and $1.9 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2023, and has been named among Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies and Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators.
“We are thrilled and feel honoured that such a prestigious international company as BNY Mellon has chosen Centrum Południe for its new location in Wrocław. It proves our strategy of creating sustainable, innovative, energy-efficient and high-quality workplaces. It is very important, especially now, when in the current preferred work model, the offices change their role and have to offer employees exceptional user experience including a variety of amenities,” says Marek Stasieńko, Leasing Director at Skanska commercial development business unit in CEE.
“BNY Mellon in Poland is growing very dynamically. Just a few weeks ago, we announced the opening of a Wrocław branch of our European Bank and we plan to hire more employees here in the coming years,” said Ewa Carr-de Avelon, BNY Mellon Poland Country Executive. “We want to provide our current and future employees with the best possible workplace experience to collaborate and deliver solutions for our clients. Our Wrocław office will be a modern, sustainable and vibrant environment for our employees to spend purposeful, efficient and enjoyable time together.”
The tenant has decided to lease 20,300 sqm of office space and 191 parking spaces. This is the largest lease agreement in the Wrocław real estate market since 2020. For comparison, according to JLL’s data, lease agreements for a total of about 137,000 sqm were signed in Wrocław in the entire 2022.
“Centrum Południe is an ideal example of the highest quality and ESG standards a modern office building can offer. The facilities perfectly match the bank’s long-term goals and will support further growth in Wroclaw. I’m overjoyed that JLL advised BNYM in this significant transaction on the Wrocław’s market,” says Karol Patynowski, Head of Regional Markets.
Green icon of the business side of Wrocław
The second phase of Centrum Południe was completed in January 2023. The investment is located on one of the city’s main thoroughfares – Powstańców Śląskich Street; it goes through one of the most rapidly developing parts of Wrocław, with plenty of green areas. The location of Skanska’s investment is also characterized by the proximity to the Wrocław Główny railway station and the Market Square, to which it is possible to get on foot within only 20-25 minutes. The office complex can also be easily and conveniently reached using more than a dozen tram and bus lines or by bike – through one of the most frequented bicycle lanes in the city. In addition, it takes only 25 minutes by car to get from Centrum Południe to the Wrocław-Strachowice Airport.
Just like every other Skanska project, the Swedish developer’s flagship office complex in Wrocław has been designed and built with ESG principles. This is reflected, for example, in the accessibility of the complex, especially for persons with disabilities, and its openness to the Wrocław community, resulting from the interesting use of space. The developer has planned, among others, publicly accessible swings, basketball courts and comfortable places to seat, thus allowing the citizens of Wrocław and the employees working in Centrum Południe to gain a new spot to work and relax. To ensure the comfort of office employees, the building features, for instance, air humidifiers, ventilation systems, quiet air conditioning based on chilled beams as well as particle filters that retain pollen and fungal spores.
The building has also been equipped with numerous technologies aimed at reducing its environmental impact. The complex is fully powered by electricity produced from renewable sources, energy-efficient LED lighting has been used in public areas and some technologies allow, among others, the reuse of greywater and rainwater. As a result, the building can use as much as 40 percent less energy and 58 percent less water in a year compared to a LEED-certified base building.
The second phase of Centrum Południe is also distinguished by loggias (40 sqm of each floor). This is the first such feature within an office building in Wrocław. They will serve as spaces for working and meeting outdoors, with a view of the city.