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Radisson Red Hotel opens in Gdańsk
The first Radisson Red hotel in Poland is now welcoming guests. Radisson Red Gdańsk is part of the redevelopment of Granary Island in the centre of the city. With this new opening, Radisson Hotel Group’s portfolio in Poland has grown to 22 properties in operation and under development.
Radisson Red Gdańsk is housed in a reconstructed port warehouse right by the Motława River. The property enjoys a prime location at the northern end of Granary Island and is connected to the Main City by a newly installed footbridge.
Maciej Głownia, General Manager, Radisson Red Gdańsk, comments: “This new property is a unique place, full of energy, design, and style. We look forward to welcoming guests and introducing them to Granary Island’s rich, interesting history and the vibrant atmosphere of Radisson Red’s fashionable urban life.”
Ukrainian start-up Bafood to open another restaurant in Warsaw
Bafood, a Ukrainian delivery-first restaurant concept, has joined the list of tenants of the FOCUS building in Warsaw. JLL assisted in the leasing side of the transaction.
Bafood is complementing the building’s strategy to implement changes as part of the development plan by the building’s owner, a European real estate investment manager. This includes technological changes to the catering zone, which will support orders placed through an app or QR codes.
The Bafood chain started its operations in Warsaw on March 31 this year and intends to expand its presence in Poland.
“We believe that having a restaurant in such a well-connected location will allow Bafood to consolidate its position in the Polish restaurant market,” says Wiktoria Weilandt, Senior Consultant, JLL Poland.
New certification systems available for digital connectivity and building infrastructure
Optim Project Management is one of the first companies in Romania with accredited professionals able to expertly guide developers, building owners and property managers to obtain WiredScore and SmartScore certifications.
These globally recognized certifications create a standardized process for measuring and certifying the level of connectivity of buildings and homes. The direct benefits help attract and retain tenants. According to Optim PM’s David Evans, “studies at a global level show that WiredScore certification increases a property’s rental value. And everyone wins with a more sustainable building, through a reduced whole-life carbon footprint, by using technology to operate the building more efficiently.”
WiredScore and SmartScore are complementary with other industry standards, such as BREEAM, LEED, and WELL and created alignment with these certifications that leading landlords adopt as part of their ESGR (Environmental, Social, Governance, Resilience) Strategy.