Polish cities – office destination
The office market in Poland is constantly growing, the total stock of modern office space in the H₁ 2019 exceeded 10 million sq m. Although the capital is still leading in terms of demand for office space, which in the first half of this year amounted to just over 400,000 sq m in this city, regional markets are also gaining in importance.
Cracow and Wroclaw are office locations that can boast over 1 mln sq m of modern office space. Demand for offices in six main locations except Warsaw was 292,500 sq m. The demand for offices from investors site means that developers are very active throughout the country, which is reflected in the constantly growing supply not only in Warsaw but also on regional markets.
In the H₁ 2019, more office space was delivered in Cracow, Wrocław and the Tri-City than on the capital market, in each of these cities the new supply amounted to over 90,000 sq m. Currently, the most space under construction is in Katowice (250,000 sq m), Wroclaw (210,000 sq m) and Cracow (190,000 sq m). In Warsaw under construction is over 730,000 sq m of modern space.
WarsawWarsaw is the country’s largest business centre and the largest office market in Poland. The stock of modern office space is 5.5 mln sq m. The financial and insurance sectors, as well as companies from the IT sector, have had the largest share in demand for several years. In addition, the city has recently attracted large numbers of coworking companies that lease a significant part of space in newly emerging projects. The vacancy is at its lowest level since 2012 currently at 8.5%, with only 5.6% in the city centre. In 2020 can see over 400,000 sq m scheduled to be delivered. Many of these are office towers: The Warsaw Hub, The Unit, Skyliner and Varso (the tallest building in CEE).
CracowCracow is the second largest office market in Poland. Over the past ten years, the city’s office space resources have increased almost four times, which has made this city the most dynamically developing regional market. Currently, Cracow is a leader among regions, where is the most office space under construction. Take up in 2017 and 2018 was at 150,000 sq m p.a. This year can be better because in H₁ 2019 demand exceeded 135,000 sq m. 60% of modern office space in this city Almost 60% of modern office space in this city is occupied by the modern business services sector, employing 70,000 employees.
WroclawCurrently, Wroclaw is the third largest office market in Poland and offers over 10% of the office space available nationwide. The total stock of office space in this city exceeded 1,07 mln sq m. Wrocław is in the third position in terms of the number of shared services centres, right after Warsaw and Cracow.
Tri-CityThe Tri-city is the fourth largest office market in Poland, right after Warsaw, Cracow and Wroclaw. Tri-city will break 1 mln sq m of modern office space within this year. Almost 100,000 sq m were added to the market in the last 18 months. Tri-city for office location is very often chosen by companies from the SSC / BPO and IT industries. The market largely owes its position to Scandinavian companies, which invest intensively here, including due to convenient air connections with the Tri-City. The city is the 2nd most attractive destination for relocation in Poland.
KatowiceKatowice is in the fifth position on the office market in Poland. The total stock of nearly 530,000 sq m. In 2017 and 2018, demand amounted to over 30,000 sq m. The year 2019 promises to be record-breaking because the same number of sq m has already been rented in the first half of the year. The vacancy rate has been decreasing since 2016, currently at 7.5%.
PoznanPoznan ranks sixth among office markets in Poland, after Warsaw, CraCow, Wroclaw, the Tri-City and Katowice. Unfortunately, tenants in the last two years have been struggling with the low availability of modern office space due to the limited supply of new projects. This year situation will change, as more than 90,000 sq m are expected to hit the market. Thanks to investors’ activities, Poznan has become a modern centre of services and advanced production.
LodzLodz is becoming one of the most dynamically developing major regional markets in Poland. By the end of 2022, modern office space in the city may increase by almost 50%. Lodz stands out from other Polish cities with many factories and tenements, which are increasingly adapted to modern and unconventional office space in the city. In such facilities in the first half of 2019, as much as 20% of the space delivered to the market was created in this way.