Laying of the foundation stone for the Business Garden Warsaw project (PL)

On June 2, 2011 the cornerstone ceremony for Business Garden Warsaw, a development by SwedeCenter located in Warsaw took place.

Business Garden Warsaw is the first of three similar 'green' business parks located in Poznan, Wroclaw and Warsaw, totaling ca. 300,000 m² of prime office space. All Business Garden projects are focused on a green and healthy working environment in which all services and amenities are being provided to the tenants.

The ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone in Warsaw took place on the project site. The official participants that were invited included: Roger Andersson – SwedeCenter's Country Manager, Katarzyna Kacpura – Deputy Director of the Office of the Infrastructure of Warsaw, Henryk Liszka – CEO of Hochtief Polska – the main contractor. The symbolic consecration of the cornerstone was performed by the priest Marcin Klotz.

Roger Andersson – President of SwedeCenter – an Inter IKEA Group company, said: "We are extremely proud of the Business Garden Warsaw project and concept. We hope that both the Warsaw project, as the first part of the larger project, and the remaining parts thereof – to be carried out in Poznan and Wroclaw – will set a new direction in the construction and use of office complexes in line with the ideas of harmonization and coexistence with the natural environment."

Business Garden Warsaw is a project consisting of seven buildings. In the first phase, in the third quarter of 2012, two building with approx. 32,000 m² of rentable space will be commissioned. The first building will provide ca. 14,600 m² of rentable office and retail/auxiliary space together with a 200 room business hotel and conference center.

The second building will provide ca. 17,500 m² of office space. Ultimately, the project at Zwirki i Wigury will feature more than 90,000 m² of rentable office space combined with retail, hotel, conference space and additional amenities for the office occupiers. The exceptional nature of the project and its exclusive nature are determined by a small building density, low rise buildings, unique interior garden and energy saving systems.

The project follows the rules set out by LEED in order to obtain the certificate – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The prestigious certificate demonstrates that energy saving technologies have been applied which ensure maximum recovery of energy and that environmental friendly materials have been used.

Business Garden Warsaw will feature ca. 1,500 underground parking spaces and additional surface parking facilities. Also, people commuting to work by bicycles will have a space to park them.

Business Garden Warsaw is ideally located, situated on the Zwirki i Wigury street adjacent to the new fast urban railway (SKM) from the airport leading to Warsaw Central Station. SwedeCenter points out that the adjacent infrastructure will be further expanded to ensure convenient access, both from the center and from the Okecie airport which is 15 minutes' drive away.

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