Developer Skanska believes that the current pandemic-related situation in the office market is rather temporary and will not affect the company's strategy, Arkadiusz Rudzki, vice president of sales and leasing at Skanska's office company, informed. According to him, the pandemic on the Polish market will accelerate the shift towards hybrid solutions using flexible surfaces and increasing the space per employee.
"Skanska has been operating on the market for over 130 years and during this time it has faced many challenges or periods of a weaker economy. We are a global company, which in the event of a crisis is a great advantage – thanks to this we can draw experience from very mature markets such as the United States or Scandinavian countries. In addition, international cooperation facilitates the resolution of complex problems, and such is the pandemic. Therefore, we treat the current situation rather as a transitional period which – despite the obvious difficulties associated with it – will sooner or later pass, just like previous crises, " Rudzki said.
"It is also worth paying attention to the model of financing Skanska's office projects, which we base on equity. We will certainly adapt our current plans to the situation on local markets,” he added.
Rudzki has no doubts that offices will still be needed.
"The fact that offices will still be needed is indisputable, but their role will change. At this point, it is worth noting that office space is an important element in building any organization, team spirit, creative cooperation, and is also responsible for creating a corporate culture within the company. It is very difficult to take good care of these aspects online," he emphasized.