Ghelamco Poland – a Partner of the first conference by Urban Land Institute in Poland
Urban Land Institute, international nonprofit research and education organization, for the first time in Poland organizes a conference „Competitive cities: attracting talent, investment and business” which will take place on May 15, 2015.
Mayors and officers in charge of development of Polish cities will discuss topics related to the competitiveness of Polish cities against Europe in terms of infrastructure, human capital, quality of life and promotion. Representatives of Warsaw, Poznań, Wrocław, Łódź, Gdynia, as well as Barcelona and Turin, and investors active on the Polish real estate market, including Ghelamco, confirmed their participation.
Ghelamco will be represented by Jeroen van der Toolen – Managin Director Ghelamco CEE, who will also participate in property sector leaders’ panel discussing „vision vs. reality”. Ghelamco is a Gold Partner of the conference.
Trees at European Square
At European Square on the area of 4 000 sqm, around Warsaw Spire, a modern park full of greenery, fountains and elements of small architecture will be created. In April, from nursery Bruns in Germany, first trees arrived. So far, 13 metasequoias, 11 bald cypresses and 55 gleditsias were planted. The second stage will commence in the middle of the year and will last until the end of November. The rest of metasequoias (47 pieces) and gleditsias (14 pieces) will be planted.
After opening of the complex, in April 2016, European Square will be an attractive meeting spot for all Warsaw inhabitants and visitors.
Topping out at Warsaw Spire
April 24, 2015 saw the topping out ceremony for Warsaw Spire. A symbolic tree was placed on the final (49th) floor of the tower building. It is a way to celebrate closing of an essential stage in the construction process, i.e. the completion of the structure of the last of three buildings of the complex.
The event was attended by 450 guests, incl. Her Excellency, the Ambassador of Belgium in Poland – Colette Taquet, Mayor of Warsaw – Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, President of Ghelamco Group – Paul Gheysens, Managing Director CEE at Ghelamco – Jeroen van der Toolen, the developer’s representatives, Warsaw Spire’s tenants and Ghelamco Poland’s business partners.
Record-breaking deal on Warsaw office property market
Ghelamco Poland has signed a record-breaking agreement for the lease of office space at Warsaw Spire. The new tenant will take nearly 22,000 sq m in the building A, which constitutes over one fifth of the whole area offered by the building. The occupancy rate has now soared to over 50% one year before the completion of the construction.
Benefit Systems S.A. – another Warsaw Spire tenant
Ghelamco Poland has acquired another significant tenant in the Warsaw Spire office complex. Benefit Systems S.A. leased space in building C, where it intends to move in at the turn of 2015. Benefit Systems became the third tenant and a neighbor to EU Frontex and BNP Securities Services in building B.
Competition „Fell in love with Warsaw”
Fundacja Sztuka w Mieście, established by Ghelamco, organized a photographic competition called ”Fell in love with Warsaw”. To participate in this competition, the question “What do I love Warsaw for?” should have been answered and registered on a photo. Photos can contain themes like parks, squares, buildings, streets and architecture but necessarily with a heart interwoven into the composition. 3 authors of the best photos will have a chance to win an exceptional photo session on 35th floor of Warsaw Spire with the neon sign “KOCHAM WARSZAWĘ” as a background. The results will be announced on February 12th and the photo session “over Warsaw” will take place on Valentine’s Day.
Neon sign „KOCHAM WARSZAWĘ” on Warsaw Spire
On December 8, 2014, on the initiative of Fundacja Sztuka w Mieście, founded by Ghelamco, a neon sign with “Kocham Warszawę” („I love Warsaw”) appeared on 35th floor of Warsaw Spire. The words “KOCHAM” and “WARSZAWĘ” are more than 3 meters high. The heart of the sign, beating in different colours, is slightly higher and is 4,5m high. The steel construction weighs 3.5 tonnes, and 9000 LED diodes were used to illuminate the inscription. A total length of 350 meters of aluminum profiles were used to produce the letters.
New tenant in Warsaw Spire
Warsaw Spire acquired a new tenant – BNP Paribas Securities Service which will occupy 4 000 sqm in building B. The tenant will move to the new headquarters in the second half of 2015 and will become UE Frontex’s neighbour who is being the tenant since January 2015. With the signing of an agreement with BNP building B, offering a total of 20 000 sqm, reached more than 90% of occupancy.
Warsaw Spire goes up
In Warsaw Spire’s building B, where the works are most advanced, the scaffoldings are being taken down and soon the building’s elevation will be completed. As soon as September this year, Frontex will move into the building. The other side building has already 14 out of 15 stories of reinforced concrete, and the 220-meter tower building has reached the 8th floor level. Over 500 workers and 5 cranes work on the construction site simultaneously.
BREEAM Excellent for Warsaw Spire granted during MIPIM fair in Cannes
Today, during MIPIM real estate fair in Cannes, the representatives of BRE presented Jeroen van der Toolen, Ghelamco’s Managing Director CEE, with the BREEAM Excellent certificate for Warsaw Spire project. The investment is the eighth BREEAM certified property in Ghelamco’s portfolio.
Warsaw Spire is the flagship example of sustainable building, the strategy promoted by Ghelamco for years. The investment will not only provide the utmost comfort for the tenants but will also effortlessly merge with the city fibre. Moreover, Warsaw Spire will be extremely environmentally friendly, thanks
to the application of numerous innovative solutions.
A cornerstone has been laid for the construction of the Warsaw Spire office building
On the 18th of November the ceremony of signing the foundation act and laying the cornerstone for the tower building of the Warsaw Spire complex took place. The document was signed, among others, by Mr Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Minister of the Economy, Mr Raoul Delcorde, Belgian Ambassador to Poland, Mr Ilkka Laitinen, Executive Director of Frontex agency, Mr Paul Gheysens, President of Ghelamco Group, Mr Jeroen van der Toolen, Ghelamco’s Managing Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the event’s special guest, Mr Kris Peeters, Minister-President of the Government of Flanders.
The cornerstone ceremony was a symbolic opening of a new chapter in the Warsaw Spire construction process – the start of the erection of the aboveground levels of the 220-metre tower building, which will reach its maximum height by the end of 2014.