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“Record” coworking lease sealed

Tomasz Cudowski 12 December 2019

Tomasz Cudowski

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tomasz.cudowski@eurobuildcee.com

Tomek graduated from the faculty of modern languages at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, where he also started his journalist career in the late 1980s. He has worked in the real estate press since 2005, covering the residential market for ‘Eurobuild CEE’ magazine as well as the new technologies and property management sectors. Sometimes he can be heard on Polish Radio 2, where he reviews the press on the morning programme. At other times he can be seen in the Bieszczady or Beskid Niski mountains, where he enjoys rambling with no fixed purpose or destination in mind.

“Record” coworking lease sealed
JTI's new coworking space in Mennica Legacy Tower

POLAND Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is to open its global business services centre in WeWork’s coworking centre in the new building of the Mennica complex in Warsaw.

According to CBRE, which acted as an agent in the lease transaction, this is the largest transaction so far for flexible space in Poland. However, the amount of space rented remains undisclosed. Sources of ‘Eurobuild CEE’ have revealed that the Japanese group has leased space with more than 420 workstations. The agency has only revealed that JTI intends to employ several hundred people in the coworking space. The use of the flexible space is aimed at supporting the company’s recruitment process before it moves to its target offices in the same area. A month ago, JTI announced that it would eventually employ 850 people in Warsaw, which would require leasing a few thousand square metres in the Mennica Legacy Tower.

“This is the largest contract for coworking space in Poland so far and sets a trend for other large companies. The flexible office space allows JTI to grow as new employees are acquired,” claims Konrad Szaruga, a flexible office space expert at CBRE.

“Flexibility is a key element of our organisational culture. Open space means an open mind, and we feel that here there is a strong spirit of entrepreneurship and cooperation. We also sensed that a vibrant community being created here, which was important to us when choosing Poland and Warsaw for JTI’s global business services centre. The location of the office in central Warsaw was also very important to us, since we are dedicated to the work-life balance of our employees and want them to have time for their passions outside of work instead of wasting it on commuting,” explains Paulo Lopes, the CEO of JTI Global Business Services Centre.

The global business services centre will be located in one of the buildings of the Mennica Legacy Tower complex, which comprises almost 14,000 sqm of flexible offices managed by WeWork.

“Flexible office space is becoming increasingly popular with smaller companies and large international corporations, with this latest contract providing an example of this. Almost 40 pct of WeWork’s users are corporate clients,” reveals Piotr Lagowski, the head of growth for the CEE region and Russia at WeWork.

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