JLL report: Katowice – convenient location for BPO/SSC centers

A few weeks ago, katowicethecity.com presented the newest report on the Katowice office market which had been prepared by Jones Lang LaSalle. Today, the consulting company released a full version of the publication presenting the City as the convenient location for BPO/SSC centers.

Jones Lang LaSalle prepared the report in co-operation with Hays and the Katowice City Hall’s Strategic Investors Assistance Center. The publication covers general data and information about the City, infrastructure, tax and incentives system as well as labour and office markets. The below quotation defines the Katowice office market by five main areas that has not been presented before.

Katowice is the major office hub in the Silesia Metropolis, offering approximately 290 000 sq. meters of modern office space. Until the late 1990s, office supply in Katowice consisted mostly of refurbished tenements, redeveloped low class office blocks and owner-occupied developments.

With the completion of Millennium Plaza and Chorzowska 50 in 2001, the market started to offer reasonably good quality office space for lease.

Currently Katowice is well prepared to meet the needs of new companies starting their operations in the City, and to provide expansion possibilities for enterprises already operating in Katowice.

  • The City offers a number office locations, including such areas as:

City Center: the area between the Market Square, Korfantego Av., Sokolska and Chorzowska streets and further along Roździeńskiego Av. City Center stock accounts for approximately 42% of the total office supply in Katowice, which equates to 122 000 sq. meters of modern office space. Major buildings in this area include Katowice Business Point, Nowe Katowickie Centrum Biznesu, Chorzowska 50, Altus, ING Bank Śląski, Citi Bank Handlowy and the NBP building.

A4 Motorway vicinity: the second largest office district is located between Graniczna, Francuska, Mikołowska and Powstańców Śląskich streets, with a total stock of over 102 000 sq. meters. The area provides convenient access the motorway but is still reasonably close to the City Center. This location is attracting new office investments. Major existing buildings include Millennium Plaza, Atrium, PKO BP, BRE Bank and Francuska Office Center A&B.

North: the area to the north of General Jerzy Ziętek Roundabout has about 10% of the City’s total office supply. Major office developments in this area include Reinhold Center and GPP Business Park.

South-West: this region is found between Ligocka, Gawronów, Kolejowa and Tadeusza Kościuszki streets. Its major feature is the Euro-Centrum office complex (seven existing buildings offering approximately 19 000 sq. meters).

East: this is the least developed office district in Katowice and offers only 15 000 sq. meters of modern office space.

Currently, around 32 500 sq. meters of modern office stock in Katowice is at the construction stage, of which 77% will be delivered in 2013. That includes, among others: A4 Business Park I (9 120 sq.m), Euro-Centrum VIII (6 300 sq.m) and Polski Koks HQ (6 150 sq.m, owner occupier).

The full English version of the report can be downloaded here.