As the general contractor for Monopolis, Budimex will be responsible for the implementation of the first stage of Virako’s flagship investment, the mixed-use Monopolis complex in Łódź. The construction work will commence in February 2018 with completion scheduled for mid-2019.
Budimex, one of the largest construction companies in Poland, executes investments in the areas of road, rail and airport infrastructure as well as energy, industrial and ecological constructions. Uni-Form will be responsible for ensuring investment supervision.
“We have been performing construction services for the benefit of sustainable development for both the commercial and public sectors over many years. Our goal is to focus on the quality of the investments we are involved in as well as ensuring client satisfaction and the comfort of the buildings’ employees. Therefore we are very happy to launch the development of Monopolis, which is undoubtedly one of the most unique projects in Łódź. We will use our experience to create a new quality for this historic part of the city,” commented Radosław Górski, Director of General Construction and Board Member at Budimex SA.
Within the framework of the contract, Budimex will revitalize all the existing historical buildings so that their function will include not only office space but also a wide range of city-forming services, such as restaurants, and a theater with a multi-function hall.
“We believe that we are developing a phenomenal complex that has national significance. We are convinced that our partner perfectly understands the vision of Monopolis and our assumptions regarding its space. Together, we will take care to maintain the historical character and ensure visibility of the post-industrial nature of the location. We want to transform Monopolis into a Łódź landmark. Virako has already completed the design works along with preparatory conservation works. So now we are launching the next stage of the investment,” comments Krzysztof Witkowski, President of the Management Board at Virako.
Monopolis, a mixed-use business complex is being developed in Łódź on the historical site of the Monopol Wódczany, built in 1902. It is the third largest factory complex in Łódź, after the Karl Scheibler and Israel Poznański’s factories. Monopolis will provide over 29,000 sqm of exceptional working space, 24,000 sqm of office space and 5400 sqm of services areas. Top-tier office space will be developed in the main building of the former vodka bottling facility as well as within two newly-constructed buildings. During the first stage, apart from the state-of-the-art offices, the post-industrial areas will also offer various types of services, including restaurants, cafeterias and a theatre, all located in the historic buildings of the complex. An important part of Monopolis will be the museum dedicated to the history of the former distillery, and vodka production technology. The investment’s premises will also offer areas dedicated to the youngest residents of Łódź, a day room with classes for children and youth, as well as a playground. During later stages of the investment, the two new buildings will provide further office space coupled with areas for a kindergarten and other service units.
The investment will undergo BREEAM certification. In accordance with the requirements of the certification, all technological and construction solutions applied in Monopolis will be intended to create a comfortable and friendly working environment, optimize operating costs and reduce the investment’s negative impact on the environment.
Monopolis is located close to the crossroads of the city’s two main communication arteries, Aleja Piłsudskiego and Kopcińskiego Street. The complex is within easy reach of Łódź Fabryczna railway station and Łódź airport with the A1 motorway just 10 minutes away. Monopolis is also well-served by public transport with 23 bus and tram routes close by.
The author of the construction and executive project of Monopolis is Grupa5 Architekci working in co-operation with the Łódź-based office of Jerzy Lutomski.
Advisory firm JLL serves as the exclusive leasing agent for the Monopolis complex.