In Poznan, Poland, Apsys has officially started the construction of Posnania (ex-Lacina), a new shopping & lifestyle centre with 100 000 sqm of leasable area that makes it the largest retail investment in Central Europe. The cost of the investment will reach 300 million EUR. The opening is scheduled for the second half of 2016.
The event was accompanied by a corner stone ceremony, with the participation of prominent guests representing the City of Poznań, and numerous representatives of the tenants.
The new centre, so far known as Łacina, has been renamed as Posnania. This massive investment will create around 6000 jobs in total. The interest shown by the tenants, who have so far leased or reserved 80% of the Centre’s retail area, is testimony to the attractiveness of the concept. The future users of the complex appreciate its location, wide range of additional services, unprecedented use of modern technologies in communication with the client, as well as high architectural values of the building. Apsys Polska, one of the largest shopping centre operators in Poland, has officially launched the construction of its new project in Poznań.
Nearly 3000 people will be involved in construction, and a further 3000 will be employed – directly or indirectly – at the Posnania Centre following its opening.The complex, whose opening has been scheduled for the second half of 2016, will offer 100 000 sqm of gross leasable area (GLA) and will be the largest shopping centre in the Province of Wielkopolska, as well as the third largest in Poland. “Poznań is the fifth largest Polish city and one of the leaders in terms of purchasing power. The catchment area of the centre covers nearly 1 million residents of the Wielkopolska region.Poznań is a city with European ambitions and the potential to fill the space between Warsaw and Berlin. Therefore, the choice was obvious for us” says Fabrice Bansay, CEO of Apsys Polska.Housed under one roof will be 40 large and medium shops, 220 boutiques, along with 40 restaurants and cafes. There will be 3300 parking places. 80% of the building has already been leased or secured. The visitors may do their shopping at stores such as Carrefour or Leroy Merlin, relax in Multikino, keep fit in Pure Jatomi Fitness Platinum.
Dozens of boutiques will offer the pleasure of staying up-to-date with the latest fashion trends. Present at the Centre will be all brands of such groups as Spain’s Inditex (Zara, Bershka, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Zara Home, Stradivarius and Oysho), Poland-based LPP (Reserved, Mohito, Cropp Town, House, Sinsay, Home & You), as well as Van Graaf, H&M, C&A, Mango and many others. In order to make the best use of the unique architectural values and brand display opportunities, some of the companies have decided to open their “flagship” concepts at the Centre. Centrum Posnania was designed by RTKL, a world-class architecture firm famous for such projects as Metropolis in Moscow or Westfield in San Francisco.
Posnania’s unique features will include a glazed facade, spacious interiors (Forum, Rotunda, Boulevard) and double high shop fronts of 8 meters high, which are so far unique in Poland. Outside the building will be terraces, fountains, passages and a winter garden. All of this will create a particularly conducive atmosphere for inventive gastronomical concepts. Posnania will be an ecologically constructed and managed building – with the use of energy-efficient materials, waste management and pollution reduction systems that will be graded as “very good” as per the requirements of the BREEAM certificate. The surrounding green areas, numerous bike lanes and other facilities for cyclists will make Posnania a friendly place that brings people together.
Centrum Posnania offers not only a wide range of brands but also a unique space for ”live” and online meetings, a leisure destination, inspiration and setting new trends, and finally a place to spend free time in a social or family environment.
This is why the Centre has so many places that mobilise and integrate the local community – an amphitheatre planned to stage numerous cultural and leisure events, squares for performances, events and happenings, as well as a huge tweet wall for social media users. “I strongly believe that Posnania will be for Poznań what Manufaktura became for Łódź – a city landmark and an exciting venue that will enrich the business, social and cultural life of the entire Wielkopolska region. Multifunctionality and multichannel communication with clients will make Posnania the new reference for the shopping centre industry in Poland,” adds Fabrice Bansay. Posnania’s website, www.posnania.eu, containing all relevant information about the investment, is being launched alongside commencement of the construction works.