In the development segment, further progress is being made on current projects. In Poland, building permits were issued for both the Mogilska Phase III office development in Krakow and the office development project in Białystok. In line with Warimpex’s strategy, construction will start as soon as an appropriate level of tenant interest has been secured. Also in Krakow, an office building with a total lettable floor area of roughly 21,000 square metres is being planned next to the Chopin Hotel.
At AIRPORTCITY St. Petersburg, work is under way on the completion of Avior Tower 1, which will offer roughly 16,000 square metres of lettable office space. The building shell is already complete, and the opening is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022.
In the German city of Darmstadt, the newly renovated hotel is being opened under the name greet hotel Darmstadt today, 30 August. Warimpex acquired the hotel in 2019 and refurbished and adapted it to the Accor brand “greet” while it was closed due to the pandemic. With a total of 330 hotel and long-stay rooms, over 4,500 square metres of conference, event, and exhibition space, as well as 800 square metres of office space that can also be rented on a short-term basis, the greet hotel Darmstadt is one of the biggest conference and event centres in the Rhine-Main region. An office building with roughly 13,800 square metres of lettable space is also to be built next to the greet hotel. It will be very much in line with the current trends with regard to sustainability criteria. The preparation of a new development plan and the permit planning are already at an advanced stage.
In 2021, Warimpex’s activities will focus on making preparations for construction for its development projects, obtaining building permits, and continuing ongoing construction. The topic of sustainability is playing an increasingly important role here. After all, energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy sources, and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions are key requirements for the construction and operation of buildings. Therefore, Warimpex aims to obtain further sustainability certifications for the property portfolio. In Poland, for example, the two office buildings Mogilska 43 Office in Krakow and Ogrodowa Office in Łódź have been awarded BREEAM In-Use – Excellent certification, which confirms the properties’ high environmental standards.
Franz Jurkowitsch had the following comment: “Following the lifting of many of the coronavirus measures, we expect to see an upward trend in the hotel segment and continued stable development in the office segment in the second half of 2021. Based on our positive half-year results – despite hotel closures and pandemic-related restrictions – Warimpex expects to generate a profit from its operational activities for the 2021 financial year as a whole. We believe that we are in a solid position for the coming tasks, both financially and in terms of our personnel, and look forward to continuing the realisation of our projects.”
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