Skanska Property Poland - SPCC’s Patron

1. What brought your company/organization to Poland? 
We recognized Poland’s potential over 20 years ago. This was long before the investment boom of the business services sector, which was in its infancy on the Polish market at the time. Today, the sector is the main tenant of office space in our country. We have been one of the most active developers in transforming the landscape of regional cities and have contributed to the economic promotion of Poland with developing modern office stock. Without offices, there would be no investments from the business services sector in Poland. Today, our country is a strategic location for Skanska in the CEE region. The company is active in 10 out of the 20 Central and Eastern Europe's (CEE) major office markets. Seven of them can be found in Poland alone.
2. Scandinavian values in your company – how are they perceived and implemented?
Scandinavian values in Skanska's offices in Poland include, above all, a profound commitment to sustainable development. It reaches far beyond the standard concept of ecology. As a consequence, apart from LEED certification, our new investments have been for some time certified in terms of accessibility for seniors, parents with small children and people with disabilities. Furthermore, our Spark office complex in Warsaw will be the first office building developed by Skanska in the CEE region to undergo WELL certification. WELL is one of the most demanding certification systems whose aim is to improve health and well-being in buildings and local communities.
3. How do you see the future of your business/industry in Poland?
After 2016's record-breaking performance in terms of office leasing, we are planning to ramp up office development even more in 2017. This year, we will likely offer over 250,000 sqm of modern office space in completed projects, investments under development and those scheduled for launch. The number of investments being launched is linked, among other things, to the successful acquisitions of top-tier land parcels that Skanska has conducted in recent years. Therefore, we are well on our way to fulfilling Skanska’s global strategy which states that by 2020 half of the group’s income will consist of developer activities – both residential and office. In addition, we are entering into a pioneering partnership with Business Link. It will result in the development of ten co-working locations for start-ups, small and medium companies as well as firms from the business services sector. Most of them will be located in Poland. Furthermore, we are also planning to launch more initiatives that will be developed in co-operation with and for residents. This year, we will launch our part of one of the first city-forming projects in Poland –Superścieżka in Kraków.
4. What does your organization gain by being a member of the Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce (SPCC)?
Our membership in SPCC provides a great opportunity for exchanging know-how and best practices with other representatives of Scandinavian business in Poland. Skanska’s engagement in the Chamber’s activities is a crucial element of our strategy, which is based on supporting the country’s economic development and improving its attractiveness on the international stage.

Arkadiusz Rudzki
President of the Board
Skanska Property Poland

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