The industrial and logistics market is breaking new records. As at the end of Q2 developers were working on projects set to increase Poland’s stock of modern space by more than 3.3 million sqm. This represents a result not previously recorded for a single quarter as there is c.a. 34% more under construction than in the previous quarter The highest volume of space is currently being developed in Upper Silesia (over 584 000 sqm) and in the West region (over 522 000 sqm). It is also along the country’s western border that the largest are being constructed. They include the Hillwood Rokitno logistics centre (112 500 sqm) located directly at national road no. 24 and Amazon’s tenth Polish logistics centre (203 500 sqm) in Świebodzin. With the opening planned for September, there are already more than 3 000 robots installed at the scheme owned by the e-commerce giant, and staff recruitment is currently underway. Ultimately, this modern logistics centre will create over 1 000 permanent jobs. On top of, also in three other logistics park, the total space under construction will exceed 100 000 sqm, among which there are: GLP Lędziny Logistic Centre (111 500 sqm), Panattoni Park Poznań (107 800 sqm) where DHL is going to have its distribution centre, and lastly, Hillwood Bydgoszcz (102 000 sqm).
Another quarter marked by the pandemic shows that warehouses and logistics space did not only not feel its negative impact, but actually received a strong impetus for further growth. Stable foundations, changes occurring on the e-commerce market with increasing speed, and new strategies for using schemes of this type, including changes in supply chains, nearshoring and the demand for smaller schemes in large agglomerations, present an optimistic scenario for the sector
Igor Roguski, Head of Industrial and Logistics, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Central Eastern Europe, BNP Paribas Real Estate
The logistics and industrial sector is flourishing, demand is strong and leases have been secured for a significant share of newly constructed schemes. A higher number of warehouses means there will be more jobs available. It is clear that experienced and qualified workforce is worth its weight in gold and the market is absorbing it instantaneously. Employers are competing hard, not only by offering attractive remuneration, but also by striving to improve their workplace environments and proposing various benefits.
Klaudia Okoń, Consultant, Business Intelligence Hub and Consultancy, BNP Paribas Real Estate Poland