The tenth edition of the “Office Buildings in Poland” conference, organized by Nowy Adres, was held on October 23 and 24 at the Warsaw Hilton hotel. Nearly 300 key players in the Polish office real estate market took part in the event.
For two days, office developers, banks and investment fund executives, advisors, analysts, architects and industry journalists discussed the current condition of the Polish office market and the possible scenarios for its future. And they appear to be promising: in regional cities new office supply is being scooped up by BPO/SSC companies, while in Warsaw, despite the looming shadow of slight oversupply, leasing activity is superb, which is what encourages developers to launch new investments. Many analysts expect the positive trend to continue, as Poland is expected to be the destination for many companies leaving the UK after Brexit.
The conference was inaugurated with a keynote speech from Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Poland’s Prime Minister in 2005-2006, economist and business advisor. Marcinkiewicz presented an optimistic forecast for the Polish economy, which will continue on its stable growth path in the coming years, provided nothing unexpected occurs in the global economy to disrupt that. The panel on the planned commercial property tax, which could lower the attractiveness of Polish office projects as investment assets, attracted many participants, as did the discussion on the challenges of design & build of office towers, which are permanently changing the landscape of Polish cities.
One of the signature features of conferences organized by Nowy Adres is the MatchMaker system, an IT tool allowing all conference attendees to set up business meetings before the event even starts. The solution facilitates making valuable business contacts and allows participants to take full advantage of the two-day conference. This year was no different; nearly 200 business meetings were scheduled via MatchMaker at this year’s “Office Buildings in Poland” conference.