HB Reavis scores a hat trick at the 2015 CIJ Awards Gala
HB Reavis, the international developer group operating in Central and Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, and in Turkey, has once again demonstrated its strength in the commercial property market. During this year’s edition of the prestigious CIJ Awards gala, the Company scooped three industry awards, including the ‘Office Developer of the Year 2015’ and ‘Sales Team of the Year’. Moreover, the jury recognized the Company’s most recent Postępu 14 project as ‘Office Development of the Year 2015’.
Industry recognition in this year’s CIJ Awards contest comes on the heels of other accolades. In October, HB Reavis’ 33 Central office scheme currently under construction in the UK Central London, was recognized in the UK Property Awards, winning in the Best Office Architecture in London category, and was also awarded Highly Commended in the Office Development in the UK category.
The CIJ Awards look at companies that are active in the construction and property market of Central and Eastern Europe. This year, the accolades were presented during an Award Gala held on 5 November in Warsaw’s hotel Westin.
‘We are deeply honoured by the three awards taken home by HB Reavis from this year’s CIJ Awards. The last 12 months were a particularly busy period for our business. We commenced the West Station project, delivered the office complex at Postępu 14, and also leased a record amount of office space at nearly 67,000 sq m. It is extremely gratifying to know that our efforts and input into the Polish property market have been recognized not only by our tenants, but also by the industry’, said Stanislav Frnka, Country Manager of HB Reavis Poland. He also added: ‘We are immensely proud of the ‘Office Development of the Year 2015’ accolade for Postępu 14. This award confirms that, contrary to the view of some, Warsaw’s Mokotów district still has huge business potential, and prime office schemes launched in this part of the city continue to attract keen interest from high quality tenants’.
HB Reavis has been operating in Poland since 2008. In just a few short years, it has become the trendsetter in office space solutions and one of the most active developers in Warsaw, both in terms of delivered office space and tenant numbers. To date, the Company has delivered almost 132,000 sq m of office space to the Warsaw market, spread across three complexes: Konstruktorska Business Center, Gdański Business Center I and the award-winning Postępu 14. The next two office buildings, Gdański Business Center II and West Station, with a total area of almost 121,000 sq m, are already underway. Over the last year, the Company has attracted a total of 29 tenants, leasing almost 67,000 sq m. According to data published by Polish Office Research Forum, two out of the four largest lease transactions recorded in Warsaw in H1 2015 involved HB Reavis.
‘Despite an increasingly demanding and competitive market, we have completed lease agreements with a number of prestigious clients including Grupa PZU, Aviva, Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas and WebInterpret. The contracts not only provides evidence that the package offered by HB Reavis meets the expectations of the highest quality companies in search of remarkable office space, but also confirms the ability and professionalism of our leasing department, and its ability to accommodate the requirements of individual clients’, said Grzegorz Strutyński, Commercial Director and Member of the Management Board at HB Reavis Poland.
Postępu 14, winner of Office Development of the Year 2015, was delivered in August 2015. The building, located in the very heart of the business part of Mokotów, offers 34,500 sq m of office space and has immediately won recognition from clients. It took just over two months to let almost 60% of the office space to companies such as Samsung Electronics Polska and Astra Zeneca.