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Southeastern Poland is the region where most warehouse space is currently being built. After the third quarter of this year there was 475,000 sq m of new space under construction, which will soon join the existing 4.8 million sq m. Investors are opting for universal and well-located buildings, which, especially in the vicinity of larger cities, also serve as offices. Circumstances connected with the epidemic influence the development of the so-called “last mile” projects, i.e. warehouses ensuring quick deliveries to the largest towns.
– The south and east of Poland are chasing the centre of the country in terms of the number of warehouses. Their development is driven by the current situation. Adequate supply and fast delivery are of great importance when online shopping is booming. Therefore, in cities such as Krakow and Katowice, warehouses of the last mile, which thanks to their excellent location, give the opportunity to reach the consumer in a short time, are of great interest. Small Business Units, which combine logistic and office functions, are also popular. Unoccupied warehouse space in the region is 9% – says Mikołaj Walkowski, Associate Director from CBRE.
The Silesian, Małopolska, Świętokrzyskie, Lubelskie, Podkarpackie and Podlaskie Voivodships currently have a total of over 4.8 million sq m of warehouse space and 475 thousand sq m under construction. The demand after three quarters of 2020 amounted to nearly 935,000 sq m. The region has been developing steadily for several years, and investors and entrepreneurs are particularly attracted by large cities and the surrounding area.
High class warehouses
The warehouse market in the south-east of the country attracts many business sectors. Kraków is dominated by research and development centres and new technologies, the pharmaceutical sector, food processing and steel production. In turn, Katowice attracts the automotive and e-commerce sectors.
– We can see that among tenants of logistic space in these regions, A-class buildings are increasingly popular. This is evidence of the good condition of these companies. The most modern warehouse facilities are conducive to the development of e-commerce businesses, which during the pandemic further improve their supply chains to provide customers with fast shipments and convenient exchanges and returns – says Mikołaj Walkowski from CBRE.
Scientific capital of Małopolska
In the capital city of Małopolska, the computer games industry is developing intensively, which resulted in the specialisation of the Jagiellonian University and the AGH University of Science and Technology in the field of computer games production and design. The city is also interested in companies looking for locations for R&D projects, dealing with R&D works.