Multi Corporation has received building permission for Forum Radunia, a new urban shopping centre complex offering 62,000 sqm of gross leasable area (GLA). The project will be built in downtown Gdansk on one of the most strategically located sites in the TriCity area. The project is due to commence in autumn 2014 with a grand opening planned for late 2016.
Forum Radunia has been designed to revitalize the six-hectare historic areas of the former Hay and Crayfish markets, bordered by 3 Maja, Armii Krajowej, Wały Jagiellonskie and Hucisko streets. The site is located in the very centre of the city, adjacent to the main railway station, the Old Town and key municipal buildings. The full potential of the location has not yet been exploited, mainly due to the fact that railway lines run through the land. One of the most important elements of the project is therefore to house and cover the railway tracks inside the complex.
Within the 62,000 sqm GLA of Forum Radunia will be enough space for some 200 stores, a 9-screen Multikino cinema, Pure Jatomi fitness club, restaurants and cafes, and a multilevel parking for 1,100 vehicles. Tenants already include well known Polish and international brands.
A vital part of Forum Radunia will be the Gdansk Heritage Centre, which will serve as a welcome point-receiving guests arriving in the city. The Heritage Centre is to house the city’s main tourist information point, a scale model of the City of Gdansk, a multimedia room, an exhibition hall, a cafe, and offices.
“We will create a lively, modern, friendly and open urban space, buzzing with life. Its exceptional location at the end of the Royal Route, with excellent public transport links and easy access to the ring road, will ensure Forum Radunia becomes a new landmark for Gdansk, attracting both residents and tourists. Potential tenants are expressing a high level of interest in this project. Visitors to Forum Radunia will have access to a wide range of popular fashion and sports brands, health, beauty and home furnishings stores, and also well-known restaurants and cafes. Local retailers will also be present at the shopping centre, reviving the former marketplace tradition of this historic location,” said Tomasz Matusiak, Managing Director of Multi Poland.
Multi Corporation, and the city authorities will take over and manage the facility once it is complete. This is one of the public service objectives being fulfilled by Multi Corporation as it realizes this project in a public-private partnership with the Gdansk Municipal Authorities.