Gdańsk/Amsterdam, 3 June 2015
Multi’s Polish flagship Forum Gdańsk commenced construction
On 2 June 2015, Multi Poland officially commenced the construction of the Forum Gdańsk shopping centre complex with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by top city officials, project partners and future tenants. The new centre will offer some 63,000 m2 of gross leasable area in a perfect location in the inner city of Gdańsk, adjacent to the main railway station, the Old Town and key municipal buildings. Total investment, including road infrastructure development, is approximately PLN 800 million (EUR 194 million). Multior has already secured the financing for the scheme. The project started with preparatory work and archaeological excavations in autumn 2014, and the grand opening is scheduled for 2017.
Forum Gdańsk has been designed to revitalize the historic areas of the former Hay and Crayfish markets, and will combine a retail scheme with the creation of quality public space and the modernisation of the road infrastructure. As part of the project, Multi will house and cover the railway tracks running through the land, the reason the potential of the location had not yet been fully exploited. Multi Poland, the Gdańsk municipal authorities and PKP Polish Railways are cooperating on this project.
“We are bringing the Hay and Crayfish markets back to life and back to their original function. Years ago this area was a lively marketplace, and also the first stop for those arriving in Gdańsk. For many visitors, this will be the starting point of their visit to the Old Town, with its historic sites and attractions. And for us, the residents of Gdańsk, this will be a new place to meet, chat, spend time together and, of course, go shopping. What would a market be without shopping?” said Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk.
“Today is a big day for us as Forum Gdańsk enters the construction phase. In two years’ time, we want the residents of Gdańsk to come and enjoy their free time at Forum Gdańsk – whether shopping, watching a movie, eating at one of the restaurants, exercising at the gym, or visiting the Gdańsk Heritage Centre. We hope many people will also come here just to spend time at the public square over the Radunia canal. The prestigious location in the heart of the city makes Forum Gdańsk a very special project for Multi and we are fully committed to making it a success,,” said Tomasz Matusiak, Director at Multi Poland.
The 63,000 m2 Forum Gdańsk will provide space for some 220 stores, the city’s largest, nine-screen Multikino cinema, a Pure Jatomi fitness club, a selection of restaurants and cafes to suit every taste, and a multilevel car park for 1,100 vehicles. The scheme is already over 50% leased. Tenants already on board include well-known Polish and international brands, such as C&A, City Sport, Deichmann, Diverse, Douglas, H&M, Le Coq Sportif, Mango, Pandora, Piotr i Pawel, Red Rubin, Rossmann, Solar, Super-Pharm, SWISS, Triumph, Vistula, W.Kruk, Wólczanka. These will be joined by five brands of the internationally expanding Polish LPP Group: CROPP, HOUSE, Mohito, Reserved and Sinsay, together with the home furnishing brand home&you. Inditex will also be present with its brands Zara, Zara Home, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Pull&Bear and Stradivarius. McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King and KFC have already signed up for the foodcourt. Popular local and regional brands Szydłowski bakery, Delicje cake shop and BIOWAY will also be opening stores in Forum Gdańsk.
Located on the coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, Gdańsk has 460,000 inhabitants and 2.5 million tourists a year visiting its historic centre. Gdańsk is the largest city in Tricity agglomeration, with around 1 million inhabitants among the largest metropolitan areas in Poland. The city is the cultural and economic centre of Northern Poland. Its strong and growing economy is founded upon its IT companies, the port, financial services, education and tourism.
Gdańsk Heritage Centre
A vital part of Forum Gdańsk will be Gdańsk Heritage Centre, which will serve as a welcome point receiving guests arriving in the city. The Heritage Centre is to house a multimedia room, an exhibition hall, a scale model of the City of Gdańsk, a theatre hall, a cafe, as well as offices of the Gdańsk Tourist Organization.
Forum Gdańsk will also provide the city with new public infrastructure. A new transfer hub will be located on the overpass on Armii Krajowej Avenue, integrating bus, tram and rail services. Targ Rakowy will be rebuilt as a pedestrian passageway. Nowe Podwale Grodzkie will be created as a new street running underneath the buildings of Forum Gdańsk, and the neighbouring crossroads will be modernized. A public square, designed as an attractive space to meet and relax, will be included in the complex. Visitors will be able to enjoy comfortable seating surrounded by greenery, or choose one of many cafes and restaurants with external gardens, open until late in the evening. The banks of the Radunia canal will be revitalized and covered with a glass roof. As a result, residents of Gdańsk and visitors will gain quality urban space in the very centre of the city, bustling with activity and offering a variety of leisure time options.
The concept design was provided by T+T Design, Multi’s in-house design studio. The Polish branch of renowned French construction designers SUD Architectes is in charge of the detailed architectural plan. BPBK of Gdańsk has designed the technical and road infrastructure. The Heritage Centre was designed by Studio Architektoniczne Kwadrat of Gdynia, selected by way of a public competition.