JLL has been selected as the sole leasing agent for Warsaw Spire, the biggest office project in Poland. Warsaw Spire, developed by Ghelamco, is one of the key investments on Warsaw’s business map. It is the second highest building in Poland, trailing only the Palace of Culture and Science, and is the largest office complex in the country in terms of space.
Warsaw Spire is being developed in Warsaw’s new business centre and will be situated at plac Europejski between Grzybowska, Towarowa, Wronia and Łucka Streets. One of the projects’s major assets is its location. Thanks to close proximity to the city’s main arteries and being well-served by public transport, including Warsaw’s second metro line, the building’s location guarantees excellent communication with other parts of the city, Warsaw Chopin Airport and railway stations.
The development is a complex of three buildings: the 49-storey “A” tower building that is 220 meters high and two adjacent 15-storey buildings (“B” and “C”), both measuring 55 meters in height. In total, it will provide 100,000 sqm of office space equipped with innovative technical solutions including the first double-deck system elevators to be installed in Poland.
Ghelamco’s flagship investment has been conferred with the prestigious, environmental BREEAM certificate at “Excellent” level. The architectural design of Warsaw Spire was conceived by a team of architects from the Belgian company M. & J-M. Jaspers – J. Eyers & Partners, in cooperation with Polsko-Belgijska Pracownia Architektury – Projekt.
The investment is being developed in phases. Building “B” was the first to be commissioned in 2014. The completion of building “C” is scheduled for later this year, while construction works on “A” tower building will be completed in April 2016.
Jarosław Zagórski, Commercial and Business Development Director, and Board Member at Ghelamco Poland, commented: “Our decision to select JLL as the sole leasing agent for the Warsaw Spire project was prompted by the company’s excellent reputation and great experience in landlord representation. JLL’s track record with international and local companies which are tenants of office space, as well as its market knowledge and awareness of our project’s position and value were also of great importance to our company.” JLL will be responsible for the implementation of leasing strategy and attracting companies interested in both office and retail/services space.
Tomasz Czuba, Head of Office Agency at JLL added: “The opportunity to cooperate with Ghelamco on one of the most spectacular office investments in recent years is a real honour for us. Warsaw Spire has all the assets necessary to attract the most demanding tenants from different segments of the economy, including the public sector. Location, modern architecture, a focus on finishing quality, top-class technical solutions, highly developed services and gastronomic offer, and unique public space are among the scheme’s main advantages.”
Warsaw Spire’s exceptional format, convenient location and sustainable solutions are not the only aspects that make the project outstanding. The scheme’s unique value also lies in an unprecedented concept of creating an open urban space on plac Europejski that will seamlessly combine commercial and public functions. The arrangement of the square was commissioned by Ghelamco to Wirtz International Landscape Architects, a world-renowned Belgian company whose portfolio includes the gardens of the Élysée Palace, Jardin du Carrousel in the Tuileries Garden in Paris, and Jubilee Park in London.
Plac Europejski will be a general-access urban square of an unprecedented scale in Warsaw’s modern history. The space will be filled with street furniture, greenery, fountains, restaurants and cafes as well as places for culture and art. With over 4,000 sq m, plac Europejski will be a car-free urban zone offering a great deal of space for pedestrians. The works on plac Europejski project are proceeding in parallel with the construction works on Warsaw Spire, with completion scheduled for April 2016.
“Both the centre-forming potential and innovative functionality of the concept developed within Warsaw Spire and plac Europejski have been well-received by the complex’s tenants and Warsaw’s inhabitants alike. The project has attracted a lot of interest – the occupancy rate is already almost 60 percent, which is a big success 12 months before the investment’s scheduled completion date,” added Jarosław Zagórski. Currently, the tenants of Warsaw Spire include: The European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Members States “Frontex”, BNP Paribas Securities Services, Benefit Systems, Bilfinger HSG Facility Management, Ghelamco Poland, Samsung as well as The Centre for EU Transport Projects (CEUTP).