Between the 6th and 8th of October, the capital will for the 14th time show its potential at one of the largest international real estate industry meetings. Warsaw will present itself as a city of dynamic changes, which for the last 25 years has developed into a modern metropolis.
This year's theme for Warsaw’s presence in Munich is connected with this year being the 25th anniversary of the June elections that brought about the country’s transformation. At the Warsaw stand the public will be able to see what significant changes have taken place in the capital over the last quarter of a century. The Expo Real trade fair will be an opportunity to present those investments carried out since 1989 that have made changes to the city and those that are in progress or at the planning stage.
- Warsaw is developing very rapidly. Various investments are changing it, not only into a city attractive for business, but above all a good place to live. The Warsaw of today and that of 25 years ago are completely different cities. Not only when we compare its skyline or the appearance of the streets, but because of the atmosphere and style of everyday life - says Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, President of Warsaw.
In recent years, Warsaw has been the site of great events on an international scale. In 2008, it was named the Sports Capital of Europe, famous for its excellent organization of UEFA EURO 2012 and the Climate Summit COP 19 in 2013. It also proved itself as the host of the European Union Presidency in 2011, and the Chopin Year in 2010.
- Our presence at the trade fair in Munich is an opportunity to show Warsaw’s various faces. This is aimed at breaking down stereotypes, and encouraging people to visit not only for business purposes but also as tourists. We present Warsaw as a modern, open city, friendly to both its inhabitants and visitors - claims Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.
At Expo Real 2014, Michał Olszewski, the Deputy President of Warsaw will be representing the capital and presenting what it has to offer. Visitors to the Warsaw stand will be presented with a proposal of five plots: on the corner of Bielany Street and No. 8 Marymoncka Street – amounting to 1,681 m2, at No. 4 Sprzeczna Street in the Praga-Północ district - amounting to 1,327 m2, and three plots in the city centre at No. 8 Miodowa Street - amounting to 1,451 m2, another plot on Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Street (on the corner with Zajęcza Street) - amounting to 1,279 m2 and 614 m2, and at No. 29 and 31 Emilia Plater Street - amounting to 11,489 m2.
The Warsaw stand measures 100 m2 and will be located in hall A2. It will be featuring some Warsaw accents, including furniture by the outstanding designer and winner of many competitions Jan Lutyk and armchairs designed more than half a century ago by Roman Modzelewski, and only now being put into mass production by the firm of Vzór. These chairs will be exhibited in a special VIP room, which is a novelty among city stands.
Warsaw in research and rankings
According to a recent report by Jones Lang LaSalle, Warsaw occupies 6th place in the global Investment Intensity Index. Investment intensity is the ratio of the volume of investment transactions in commercial real estate to the size and economic potential of a given city. In this index, Warsaw was only outranked by London, Oslo, Munich, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Warsaw is ranked higher than such cities as Paris, New York and Tokyo. The study was conducted between the second quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2014.
Warsaw (according to CBRE) has 4.3 million m2 of office space, with a further 660,000 m2 under construction. There is a constant high demand for modern office space. Besides the construction of new facilities – renovations are being carried out on older buildings that fail to meet the requirements set by tenants.
In the three years from the second quarter of 2011 to the end of the first quarter of 2014 (Jones Lang LaSalle) Warsaw real estate market transactions totalling approximately 4.7 billion Euros were concluded.
According to the Lafarge "Happy city" study conducted in collaboration with IPSOS, some 81% of the population live in the capital by choice and feel good here.
Warsaw’s attractiveness may also be put down to other investments, thanks to which the city's offer addressed to inhabitants and tourists alike is becoming ever more interesting. The Veturilo urban public bicycle system is considered one of the best in the world - better than the systems in London, New York or Washington. In turn, the Warsaw city beaches opened on the Vistula River proved last year to be one of the 25 places in the world that users of the popular Facebook social network were most keen to visit.
Warsaw’s trade fair partners
- BBI development NFI,
- HB Reavis,
- Ghelamco Poland,
- Poczta Polska – Polish Postal Service,
- Yareal Polska,
- The Polish Embassy in Berlin