KATOWICE

Presently Katowice is the fourth regional market in Poland in terms of modern office space. If we take Warsaw into consideration, Katowice is in fifth place. The size of modern office space in the capital of Upper Silesia amounts 460,600 sqm.
In 2016, 8 office projects were completed. The biggest of them is the Silesia Star II, the third stage of the complex A4 Business Park and the next phase of Silesia Business Park. Under construction are further office buildings, which will offer a total area of 48,200 sqm.
The largest currently implemented investment of this type is being realized by TDJ Estate. It is located in the very center of Katowice - a 66-meter high office building .KTW. The first phase of the project will provide approx. 18,300 sqm. In August 2017, SKANSKA started construction of IV stage SBP, which will provide 12,000 sqm.
New lease agreements accounted for more than 75 % of transactions on the real estate market. The vacancy rate in Katowice is currently 11,8 %.
City KATOWICE
General information about the city in relation to the real estate market Presently Katowice is the fourth regional market in Poland in terms of modern office space. If we take Warsaw into consideration, Katowice is in fifth place. The size of modern office space in the capital of Upper Silesia amounts 460,600 sqm.
In 2016, 8 office projects were completed. The biggest of them is the Silesia Star II, the third stage of the complex A4 Business Park and the next phase of Silesia Business Park. Under construction are further office buildings, which will offer a total area of 48,200 sqm.
The largest currently implemented investment of this type is being realized by TDJ Estate. It is located in the very center of Katowice - a 66-meter high office building .KTW. The first phase of the project will provide approx. 18,300 sqm. In August 2017, SKANSKA started construction of IV stage SBP, which will provide 12,000 sqm.
New lease agreements accounted for more than 75 % of transactions on the real estate market. The vacancy rate in Katowice is currently 11,8 %.
Financial investment budgeted in public projects in 2017 in PLN Budget for public projects in 2017 was PLN 240,741,855 - according to the plan for 30.09.2017 r.
The most important projects completed between October 2016 and September 2017 The most important projects implemented between October 2016 and September 2017 are:
- Reconstruction of the downtown area of Katowice City - Stage IV - Development of Central Square - Building C-4, which has been rented to a restaurant.
- Construction of a road system in the area of Ceglana and Kosciuszki Street;
- Reorganisation of the rain water system from the catchment area of the Zgrzebnioka estate in Katowice;
- Preparation of land for residential investment in the area of Książęca Street- Franciszkańskie Residential;
- Preparation of land for residential investment at Sławka Street - stage II;
- A water playground for children in the Valley of the Three Ponds;
- Land development for recreational functions at Smugowa Street.
Major projects planned for 2018 •Katowice Intelligent Transport Management System - the project aims to implement sustainable mobility in Katowice and improve the functioning of the whole transport system.
•New tram line - one of the most important investments in Katowice. Over 5 km route, 8 new stops, 20 min. to the city center.
•Stadium – new stadium with over 12 thousand seats and a few football pitches.
•Mikołowska Hall – sports and entertainment hall. The project also covers the develop of area around the hall, assembly of small architecture, construction of parking places, lighting and fencing of the area.
•Silesian Innovation Center - science center with four exhibition rooms and thematic studios.
•Business incubator - a place to develop innovative projects and to collaborate, share knowledge and experiences.
•Tylna Mariacka and Dworcowa Street – reconstruction of the Dworcowy Square, arranged in relaxation areas and parking places in Tylna Mariacka Street.
Major current projects Katowice Integrated Interconnection System By the end of 2019, four interchanges will be established. The aim of the project is to develop environmentally-friendly and low-carbon urban transport systems and to promote sustainable mobility. Swimming pools Two of three swimming-pools are under construction. All should be completed by 2019. What is more, a new sports hall will be built at Kościuszki Street. Development of road infrastructure: reconstruction/extension The Project implementation will last from 2017 to 2020 and will cost PLN 400 million. The second investment includes extension of a section of national road with the construction of a two-level collision-free diamond interchange, with the so-called two-lane “turbo roundabout”, enabling access to A4 motorway. The investment will be completed in 2017-2019. Katowice Bicycle Infrastructure. In 2016, a basic network of cycling routes in the city was expanded and now it’s over 110 km bicycle routes.
Financial resources (in PLN) for investment in each of the last five years The financial resources for investments are: EU funds, own resources, funds from the European Investment Bank and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). In the last 5 years, finance for investments from these sources amounted to: • 2013 – PLN 286.160.570,10 • 2014 – PLN 482.059.950,02 • 2015 – PLN 184.776.823,24 • 2016 – PLN 32.104.014,17 • 2017 – PLN 26.071.188,71 (on 30th September, 2017).
The proportion of the city’s budget invested in projects for buildings in relation to other expenditure (in pct and PLN) The City of Katowice does not invest in commercial real estate.
How many projects does the city carry out using EU funds, and what is their value? At present the City of Katowice is implementing 38 projects within the financial framework 2014-2020. The total value of the projects is PLN 924,5 million.
How open is the city to outside investors? Does it offer special incentives and investment development programmes? What are they? Dedicated Project Manager - a dedicated employee from the Investors Assistance Department, who helps during the whole investment process.
Employment support – support in recruiting process in co-operation with the local academic centers and the Poviat Labor Office.
Marketing support for investors - organizing a press conference about a new investment, placing the information about a new investment using municipal marketing tools.
Public transportation adjustment - public transport network (bus stops or new bus lines) can be adjusted to satisfy needs of an investor.
Real estate tax exemption – tax exemption from real property tax (within the framework of de minimis assistance).
Support for developers - Katowice can support in investment procedures or can improve communication service within road construction or construct technical infrastructure.
Katowice Special Economic Zone - offers CIT relief based either on investment costs or two-year labor costs for new jobs created.
Which factors make the city attractive to invest in? What is the potential of the city? (location, infrastructure, proximity to expressways connecting, human capital) •Human potential: access to over 2.2 million people;
•Katowice is an important academic, cultural and economic center in this part of the country. There are 20 universities in the region with over 90,000 students.
•Location at the cross-roads of two important trans-European transport corridors;
•Access to 3 international airports;
•In 2017, planned inflows to the city budget are estimated for PLN 1.8 billion and total expenditures are forecasted for PLN 2 billion, of which 21.5% for investment projects, Katowice sub-region may also be proud of its GDP growth of 1.9% (2013-2014) and low, unemployment rate – 2.3% in Katowice at the end of September 2017.
•The city is a place of great events. The city created the Culture Zone with facilities such as the Spodek (a sports and entertainment hall) and the International Congress Center, which together can accommodate 26,000 people at the same time. The City of Katowice has obtained the prestigious title of the UNESCO City of Music.
Which major real estate investors have decided to invest in the city in 2017? Who are the potential investors in the city? In 2017 in Katowice have invested such real estate companies like:
• TDJ Estate Sp. z o.o. – 2 projects:
.KTW– office building which will provide over 18,000 sqm office space, located on 14 floors.
Franciszkanskie Residential – stage III and IV.
• SKANSKA SA – office buildings “Silesia Business Park”, IV stage.
• ECHO INVESTMENT S.A. – shopping mall “Libero”. It is under construction on a plot of 54,000 sqm. It will offer 45,000 sqm of commercial and entertainment space located on 3 levels.
• ATAL S.A. – “Atal Francuska Residential”, IV stage.
• MURAPOL S.A. - “Murapol Nowy Bażantów Residential”.
• ACTIV INVESTMENT Sp. z o.o. – “4 Towers Residential” – IV stage.
• BREMA Sp. z o.o. – Brema Office Building has six storeys above ground level and one underground with parking spaces. Office space is 6,225 sqm.
Potential investors are among others existing investors with new projects that are being prepared.
How good is the zoning plan coverage? The area of local spacial development plans in Katowice is 4298,5 hectares - 26 % of the total area of the city.
What is the waiting time for building permits? The average time to obtain a building permit in Katowice is 34 days.
Why does the city deserve the award? (please stress the most important factors that make the city friendly to investors) Thanks to a skilled labor force, academic facilities, a favorable location and the extraordinary character of the area, Katowice is a perfect place for new investments. Global companies like: IBM, Rockwell Automotive, PwC, Accenture and many others have already located their centers in Katowice. Katowice is on 5th place among large European cities in terms of “Strategies to attract foreign direct investment” in the ranking of “European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17”.
City
KATOWICE
General information about the city in relation to the real estate market
Presently Katowice is the fourth regional market in Poland in terms of modern office space. If we take Warsaw into consideration, Katowice is in fifth place. The size of modern office space in the capital of Upper Silesia amounts 460,600 sqm.
In 2016, 8 office projects were completed. The biggest of them is the Silesia Star II, the third stage of the complex A4 Business Park and the next phase of Silesia Business Park. Under construction are further office buildings, which will offer a total area of 48,200 sqm.
The largest currently implemented investment of this type is being realized by TDJ Estate. It is located in the very center of Katowice - a 66-meter high office building .KTW. The first phase of the project will provide approx. 18,300 sqm. In August 2017, SKANSKA started construction of IV stage SBP, which will provide 12,000 sqm.
New lease agreements accounted for more than 75 % of transactions on the real estate market. The vacancy rate in Katowice is currently 11,8 %.
Financial investment budgeted in public projects in 2017 in PLN
Budget for public projects in 2017 was PLN 240,741,855 - according to the plan for 30.09.2017 r.
The most important projects completed between October 2016 and September 2017
The most important projects implemented between October 2016 and September 2017 are:
- Reconstruction of the downtown area of Katowice City - Stage IV - Development of Central Square - Building C-4, which has been rented to a restaurant.
- Construction of a road system in the area of Ceglana and Kosciuszki Street;
- Reorganisation of the rain water system from the catchment area of the Zgrzebnioka estate in Katowice;
- Preparation of land for residential investment in the area of Książęca Street- Franciszkańskie Residential;
- Preparation of land for residential investment at Sławka Street - stage II;
- A water playground for children in the Valley of the Three Ponds;
- Land development for recreational functions at Smugowa Street.
Major projects planned for 2018
•Katowice Intelligent Transport Management System - the project aims to implement sustainable mobility in Katowice and improve the functioning of the whole transport system.
•New tram line - one of the most important investments in Katowice. Over 5 km route, 8 new stops, 20 min. to the city center.
•Stadium – new stadium with over 12 thousand seats and a few football pitches.
•Mikołowska Hall – sports and entertainment hall. The project also covers the develop of area around the hall, assembly of small architecture, construction of parking places, lighting and fencing of the area.
•Silesian Innovation Center - science center with four exhibition rooms and thematic studios.
•Business incubator - a place to develop innovative projects and to collaborate, share knowledge and experiences.
•Tylna Mariacka and Dworcowa Street – reconstruction of the Dworcowy Square, arranged in relaxation areas and parking places in Tylna Mariacka Street.
Major current projects
Katowice Integrated Interconnection System By the end of 2019, four interchanges will be established. The aim of the project is to develop environmentally-friendly and low-carbon urban transport systems and to promote sustainable mobility. Swimming pools Two of three swimming-pools are under construction. All should be completed by 2019. What is more, a new sports hall will be built at Kościuszki Street. Development of road infrastructure: reconstruction/extension The Project implementation will last from 2017 to 2020 and will cost PLN 400 million. The second investment includes extension of a section of national road with the construction of a two-level collision-free diamond interchange, with the so-called two-lane “turbo roundabout”, enabling access to A4 motorway. The investment will be completed in 2017-2019. Katowice Bicycle Infrastructure. In 2016, a basic network of cycling routes in the city was expanded and now it’s over 110 km bicycle routes.
Financial resources (in PLN) for investment in each of the last five years
The financial resources for investments are: EU funds, own resources, funds from the European Investment Bank and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). In the last 5 years, finance for investments from these sources amounted to: • 2013 – PLN 286.160.570,10 • 2014 – PLN 482.059.950,02 • 2015 – PLN 184.776.823,24 • 2016 – PLN 32.104.014,17 • 2017 – PLN 26.071.188,71 (on 30th September, 2017).
The proportion of the city’s budget invested in projects for buildings in relation to other expenditure (in pct and PLN)
The City of Katowice does not invest in commercial real estate.
How many projects does the city carry out using EU funds, and what is their value?
At present the City of Katowice is implementing 38 projects within the financial framework 2014-2020. The total value of the projects is PLN 924,5 million.
How open is the city to outside investors? Does it offer special incentives and investment development programmes? What are they?
Dedicated Project Manager - a dedicated employee from the Investors Assistance Department, who helps during the whole investment process.
Employment support – support in recruiting process in co-operation with the local academic centers and the Poviat Labor Office.
Marketing support for investors - organizing a press conference about a new investment, placing the information about a new investment using municipal marketing tools.
Public transportation adjustment - public transport network (bus stops or new bus lines) can be adjusted to satisfy needs of an investor.
Real estate tax exemption – tax exemption from real property tax (within the framework of de minimis assistance).
Support for developers - Katowice can support in investment procedures or can improve communication service within road construction or construct technical infrastructure.
Katowice Special Economic Zone - offers CIT relief based either on investment costs or two-year labor costs for new jobs created.
Which factors make the city attractive to invest in? What is the potential of the city? (location, infrastructure, proximity to expressways connecting, human capital)
•Human potential: access to over 2.2 million people;
•Katowice is an important academic, cultural and economic center in this part of the country. There are 20 universities in the region with over 90,000 students.
•Location at the cross-roads of two important trans-European transport corridors;
•Access to 3 international airports;
•In 2017, planned inflows to the city budget are estimated for PLN 1.8 billion and total expenditures are forecasted for PLN 2 billion, of which 21.5% for investment projects, Katowice sub-region may also be proud of its GDP growth of 1.9% (2013-2014) and low, unemployment rate – 2.3% in Katowice at the end of September 2017.
•The city is a place of great events. The city created the Culture Zone with facilities such as the Spodek (a sports and entertainment hall) and the International Congress Center, which together can accommodate 26,000 people at the same time. The City of Katowice has obtained the prestigious title of the UNESCO City of Music.
Which major real estate investors have decided to invest in the city in 2017? Who are the potential investors in the city?
In 2017 in Katowice have invested such real estate companies like:
• TDJ Estate Sp. z o.o. – 2 projects:
.KTW– office building which will provide over 18,000 sqm office space, located on 14 floors.
Franciszkanskie Residential – stage III and IV.
• SKANSKA SA – office buildings “Silesia Business Park”, IV stage.
• ECHO INVESTMENT S.A. – shopping mall “Libero”. It is under construction on a plot of 54,000 sqm. It will offer 45,000 sqm of commercial and entertainment space located on 3 levels.
• ATAL S.A. – “Atal Francuska Residential”, IV stage.
• MURAPOL S.A. - “Murapol Nowy Bażantów Residential”.
• ACTIV INVESTMENT Sp. z o.o. – “4 Towers Residential” – IV stage.
• BREMA Sp. z o.o. – Brema Office Building has six storeys above ground level and one underground with parking spaces. Office space is 6,225 sqm.
Potential investors are among others existing investors with new projects that are being prepared.
How good is the zoning plan coverage?
The area of local spacial development plans in Katowice is 4298,5 hectares - 26 % of the total area of the city.
What is the waiting time for building permits?
The average time to obtain a building permit in Katowice is 34 days.
Why does the city deserve the award? (please stress the most important factors that make the city friendly to investors)
Thanks to a skilled labor force, academic facilities, a favorable location and the extraordinary character of the area, Katowice is a perfect place for new investments. Global companies like: IBM, Rockwell Automotive, PwC, Accenture and many others have already located their centers in Katowice. Katowice is on 5th place among large European cities in terms of “Strategies to attract foreign direct investment” in the ranking of “European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17”.

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