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Commercial Property Prizes Handed Out
October 31, 2013   
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The Property Forum conference at Warsaw’s Sheraton Hotel Sept. 24 saw Prime Property Prizes handed out to winners including Galeria Katowicka, Golden Tulip Gdańsk Residence, Le Palais in Warsaw, Monnari Trade, Prologis Park Wrocław V, T-Mobile Office Park, Skanska Property Poland, the City of Katowice, and Jeroen van der Toolen of Ghelamco.

The Property Forum is the largest conference in Poland’s commercial real estate industry, organized by PTWP Group, the publisher of the Propertynews.pl service. The Prime Property Prize competition aims to select enterprises, projects and individuals with the greatest impact on the development of the Polish commercial property market.

“The commercial property industry is undergoing a continuous evolution and intensified competition requires increased efficiency,” said Robert Posytek, editor-in-chief of Propertynews.pl. “The market does not forgive those who make wrong decisions.”

Prime Property Prize 2013 winners:
- in the “Investor-Friendly City” category: the City of Katowice—for successful efforts by the local authorities to attract developers and investors, thus helping change the perception of Silesia as a predominantly heavy industry-oriented region. Investment projects carried out by the municipal authorities have made Katowice an increasingly attractive place to both work and live;
- in the “Property Developer of the Year” category: Skanska Property Poland—for its role as one of the most active developers in the commercial property sector in Poland. The company specializes in office projects with attractive locations and “green” technology;
- in the “Investment Project of the Year: Office Space Market” category: Le Palais in Warsaw—for demonstrating that there is demand for offices with character on the Polish market;
- in the “Investment Project of the Year: Warehouse and Logistics Space Market” category: Prologis Park Wrocław V—for attracting many investors to the region, thus strengthening its reputation in terms of warehousing and logistics in Poland and across Europe. Once completed, Prologis Park Wrocław V will become the largest logistics complex in the Wrocław area and one of the largest centers of this kind in Poland.
- in the “Investment Project of the Year: Hotel Market” category: Golden Tulip Gdańsk Residence in the northern city of Gdańsk—for responding to the latest trends on the hotel market.
- in the “Tenant of the Year” category: Monnari Trade—for making a comeback to the market in style. Although the company was declared bankrupt by a court in January 2010, today it boasts an excellent financial performance and plans to open new stores and continue its development through acquisitions.
- in the “Investment Project of the Year: Commercial Space Market” category: Galeria Katowicka—for its contribution to the creation of the new Katowice city center, as well as for making the city attractive to brands that were previously absent from the region.

- in the “Investment Project of the Year: Green Building” category: T-Mobile Office Park in Warsaw—for providing its tenants with quality office space. The project is a standout example of sustainable construction, confirmed by its certification as an environmentally-friendly facility under the BREEAM green-building assessment method.

- in the “Propertynews.pl Person of the Year” category: Jeroen van der Toolen of developer Ghelamco—for his passion for work in the commercial property industry.

Jeroen van der Toolen joined Ghelamco as Managing Director for Poland in 2003. Three years later, he became Managing Director for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). With him at the helm, the company has built, commercialized and sold many office buildings. At the moment, it is building the Warsaw Spire, a zl.904 million skyscraper in the Polish capital—the largest office complex under construction in Europe.
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