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Preliminary thematic agenda

We present to you the preliminary thematic agenda of the Property Forum 2022. While encouraging you to become acquainted with it, we are open to your suggestions and comments.

THE CHANGE. Challenges for the commercial property market

The world has changed. People have changed. The property business must change as well. How to prepare the property business for a new future and new geopolitical, economic, social, environmental, and technological challenges? A risk map: What is a matter of the utmost concern to the sector? Strategies for tough times. New opportunities. All of this is what we will ask key investors, developers and experts about:

  • Investment security. The ongoing war in Ukraine across our eastern border affects investment decisions being made by property players – global corporations, manufacturing companies, or investment funds. Uncertainty among investors, who have adopted a wait-and-see strategy, is one of the most noticeable effects of Russian aggression in the property market. How has the investment attractiveness of Poland changed in the eyes of investors? Is the invested capital safe? The end of the war, stable law, predictable taxes, and investment incentives: What does it take for Poland to remain a magnet for new investments?
  • Debt is getting increasingly expensive. Property funding. Banks are cautious about financing commercial property. Nowadays, it is more difficult to get a loan for an office building. Are hotels and shopping centres doomed? Warehouses are still the jewel in the crown, but there are requirements too. How is the policy pursued by institutions providing funding for property changing? Will the high cost of money result in fewer new investments?
  • Property is (not) profitable. The profitability of the property business. Double-digit inflation, interest rate hikes, the rising costs of building materials and labour, and rising energy prices… How have recent events changed the profitability of property investments? Strong warehouses; battered hotels and shopping centres; office buildings waiting for the end of remote working, and flats chasing record after record: Which sectors are at their best today? What attracts investors’ attention?


Law in the property business. New laws, taxes, and the Polish Deal… How will they affect the commercial and residential property market?

The last two years have seen numerous changes in the legal and tax environment in Poland, which have also affected the property market. A number of tax transformations introduced under the Polish Deal and the implementation of international regulations have had a key impact on the obligations of property players as well as on the returns they realise on their investments. These transformations also influence investors’ decisions. Property needs positive stimuli: The Act on REITs can be one, but do we have something else in store as well? What is the government preparing? What changes does the industry expect?


Investment areas. The battle for the land bank. The land deficit is affecting developers

The demand for investment land in Poland exceeds its supply, and the rate of land price growth is dizzying. The housing industry buys the most. Wherever there is land for a housing estate in a big city, it is bought in an instant. The logistics sector also needs a lot of land. Developers are now buying land not only alongside motorways, but increasingly within city limits as well. The pandemic has slowed down the demand for offices, hotels and shopping centres, but there are exceptions. What is the current state of play in the investment land market in Poland? How to release the potential of the land bank? Prices, supply, demand, and regulations. First demolish, and then provide new functions – redevelopment is gaining prominence. A growing number of new projects are being created on the basis of former hypermarkets, hotels or office buildings. Will such transformations increase in number? Is this a good way to acquire land for new investments?


PRS. A young market of big opportunities and even bigger traps. How to avoid Berlin’s mistakes?

The institutional rental market in Poland is in its infancy, but there is every indication that it will soon be taking increasingly bold steps. Economic growth, urbanisation and generational shifts are the long-term drivers of demand. The war in Ukraine and the sharp increase in rental yields combined with double-digit inflation mean that investors perceive flats as a safe haven for their capital. Can the rapid influx of capital into the PRS sector possibly result in soaring housing prices, higher rents, and lower supply? What regulation does the market need?


Mixed-use. Multiple functions, one address. Mixed-use gathers momentum

The success of a building is measured not only by the rental income, but also by the life inside the building. Mixed use projects provide cities with consciously designed quarters and social infrastructure, as well as ensure investors’ commercial success. The key players on the market agree: mixed-use is the absolute future. The places where there is a need for mixed-use investments – the potential of Polish cities. What new projects are developers preparing?


Retail. Retail parks rule

An increasing number of investors are shifting their development activities from typical big-city shopping centres to retail parks located in cities with a population between 10,000 and 20,000 inhabitants or more, and the dynamics of development of the sector is increasing year by year – not only in Poland, but also in the entire CEE region. The group of tenants who locate their shops in such complexes is also growing. Will the pace of market development be maintained despite rising construction costs? Where to build retail parks? Not every location guarantees an influx of customers. The potential of the Polish market.


Shopping centres at the crossroads. When will they recover from the lockdowns?

The COVID-19 pandemic has digitalised consumers, and shopping centres have realised that the saturated market is at the crossroads. Today, it is necessary to entice customers and fight for them. Some shopping centres are therefore shifting towards the entertainment town model – but they still lack attractions for the youngest ones, and are not open to formats other than cinema. A similar range of products and services is another malady afflicting shopping centres. How are they changing?


Investments. A new opening – onshoring

Due to recent events taking place across our eastern border, onshoring is gaining prominence – increasingly often, businesses want to have all the functions in the same place and time zone. This is fostered, among other things, by the home office phenomenon. Will shared services centres start to open in locations much closer to business headquarters? Does this pose a threat to the property market in Poland?


Investments. Nearshoring will cause warehouses to kick into the highest gear

The pandemic has shattered the image of a perfect world where people can have what they want overnight. It has made many investors realise how dangerously long their supply chains have become. The war in Ukraine has added to this. That is why the idea of moving business processes to regions that are less culturally and geographically distant is increasingly being discussed. What role will Poland play in the nearshoring process?


The end of a boom, the beginning of stagnation, and a time of sustainable development

The pandemic has created a worst-case scenario for further development of the office market. The spectre of deserted office buildings and widespread work from home gave developers, investors and employers sleepless nights. However, the demand for offices is growing. Companies are still looking for additional office space. Poland has also been targeted by corporations that want to abandon the Russian and Ukrainian markets. Flexible solutions are gaining in popularity. What does the future hold for offices in Poland?


Offices. Community building all over again

The pandemic has shown that integrating employees and building organisational culture may be the most important tasks for offices. How to improve the process of community building, which is easier to manage in well designed space? How to organise such space? What new challenges do HR departments have to deal with?


Hotels are waiting for a strong rebound in tourism

Just when the hotel sector had begun to successfully heal its post-pandemic wounds, a new crisis has arrived, once again weakening the industry and depriving it of tourists, who are now concerned about the events taking place across our eastern border. Without the return of tourists and MICE events, hotels will not get back on their pre-COVID track, and investors will not return to their investment plans on the same large scale as before the pandemic. Is a hotel industry rebound in 2023 still possible? How does the refugee migration affect the performance of hotels? Is it time for condo hotels again?


A series of presentations. The Top 10 new commercial projects of the last year

THE CHANGE – INNOVATION invites you to: Design in offices


PropTech Festival 2022

The technological race continues. Property is arming itself with technologies that facilitate work and provide security, while also being an effective way to decarbonise. We invite you to the next edition of the competition and related discussions about technologies in the property market.


ESG in the property market in Poland. A report on CSR and ESG in the property market in Poland

How do developers, investors and property advisers strive to minimise the environmental impact of property? In what ways do their investments and activities change cities, influence the sustainable development of city centres, and foster local communities? Economic, workplace, social, and environmental responsibility. CSR versus the war in Ukraine – best practice. A series of interviews: ‘ESG and CSR in practice. These cases are worth knowing’ and the latest market data.


Challenges for Facility Managers

Recent years have been difficult for the commercial property market. The pandemic forced many companies to change their operating models and turned upside down the facility management methods developed over many years. Inflation and rising energy prices have further forced the need for cost optimisation. The FM market is increasingly focusing on integrated and comprehensive property services. Different buildings, different challenges. How is the role of facility management companies evolving?


The labour market. Lifelong employment is now a thing of the past. Flexibility is what counts

The falling unemployment rate, the rising inflation, the Polish Deal and related amendments to accounting, and the widespread remote working and work flexibility, which have both become a priority for the Millennials and Generation Z – all this has turned the rules of the labour market upside down. Will the wave of refugees save companies from a recruitment crisis? The TOP 5 trends that will rule the labour market.

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