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Apsys Builds New Mall in Poznań
August 1, 2014   
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Developer Apsys has begun building the Posnania shopping mall in the western city of Poznań, marking one of the largest commercial developments in Poland and Central Europe.

The cornerstone for the mall, which will have 100,000 square meters of retail space, was laid at a ceremony in Poznań July 9, attended by city officials and many of the mall’s future tenants. The Posnania mall, previously known as Łacina, will cost an estimated 300 million euros to build and is being developed as part of a government program called Inwestycje Polskie (Polish Investment).

The mall is part of a plan by the Poznań city authorities to breathe new life into the Rataje district. They say the mall will stimulate new infrastructure in the district, trigger road modernization and help improve local transportation, offering better safety and comfort to the local community. The construction of the mall is being financed by a consortium of three banks: Bank Gospodarstwa Handlowego, Berlin Hyp and ING.

Posnania is scheduled to open in the second half of 2016. It will become the largest shopping mall in Wielkopolska province and the third largest in Poland. It will house 100,000 sq m of retail space, 80 percent of which has already been rented.

Fabrice Bansay, CEO of Apsys Polska, has said that Poznań, the fifth most populous city in Poland, has high buying power. Almost 1 million of Wielkopolska province residents live within the mall’s catchment area, according to Bansay. Besides, Poznań aspires to be a major European city halfway between Warsaw and Berlin, Bansay said, adding that the decision to build the mall in Poznań was a “natural choice” for Apsys Polska.

Posnania was designed by renowned architects from the RTKL company, known for projects such as the Metropolis shopping mall in Moscow and the Westfield shopping center in San Francisco. The Poznań mall will have a glazed facade, spacious interiors with sections called Forum, Rotunda and Boulevard, and Poland’s first shop windows with a height of up to eight meters. On the outside, the building will stand out with terraces, a winter garden, fountains and promenades.

Posnania has been designed as a green building constructed with energy-efficient materials and fitted with waste management and pollution reduction systems. These earned it a BREEAM certificate with a “Very Good” rating.

The Posnania mall will house 40 large and medium-sized stores, 220 boutiques and 40 restaurants and cafes in addition to a parking lot for 3,300 cars.

“I am convinced that this will be a very special venue for both online and real-life meetings, a trend-setting place to seek entertainment and inspiration, and, last but not least, a place to socialize and for families to spend time together,” Bansay said.

Elżbieta Wrzecionkowska
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