After only 10 months of construction, the new Poznan Glowny train station has been officially inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, who also earned the distinction of becoming the first passenger to use the new facilities.
Poznan Glowny was developed by joint venture partners Europa Fund III and TriGranit Holding Ltd.
Poznan Glowny, one of the few new train station developments to be opened on time for the Euro 2012 Championships, was developed by joint venture partners Europa Fund III and TriGranit Holding Ltd and was officially handed over to PKP (Polish National Railways) on May 24, 2012.
TriGranit was chosen by PKP to revitalize and renew Poznan's main railway station in 2007 following a competitive tender process with several other real estate development companies. In February 2012, Europa became TriGranit's joint venture partner for this Public Private Partnership project where PKP contributed the land and the Europa/TriGranit joint venture contributed the necessary financial capital and expertise to see this phase through to completion.
The train station is the first phase of a project totaling 164,000 m² of GBA that will become Poznan City Center, an integrated transport hub and shopping centre, which will include 250 retail units, a PKS coach terminal with 19 bus platforms as well as a park and ride car park facility for public transport commuters accommodating 1,500 parking spaces.
Europa and TriGranit will also contribute to the modernization of the local infrastructure that will enable the regeneration of Poznan on existing brownfield sites which will become a modern business and residential district. Included in the scope of the project is the reconstruction and improvement of a critical road intersection in the city's core, the introduction of bicycle lanes and new public roads to improve traffic flow.
The planned completion of the second phase, the retail, PKS bus station, park & ride facilities and public infrastructure elements is November 2013. In addition to this a future third phase is planned on the site of the existing train station which will include conference, office and hotel facilities.
Arpad Török, CEO of TriGranit, said: "Poland has always been our flagship destination for our property development activity. Our investment in Poland has reached around 1 billion and the total completed development area is over 500,000 m².
"We opened our first shopping center in Katowice seven years ago, followed by the successful Bonarka City Center in Krakow, the Katowice Oak Terraces residential complex in 2009, and the B4B office project first phase in 2011.
"In Poznan we can utilize our experience in transforming train stations into new city centers gained at WestEnd City Center in Budapest and, currently in initial stages, Emonika City Center in Ljubljana. We bring our expertise and our long-term commitment to Poland, which - together with the dedicated support of the city, the regional government, and PKP S.A - will create a new center and meeting point for Poznan citizens.
"This railway station opening proves again