The agreement signed by GTC and IBM has been one of the largest office lease transactions in Katowice during the last few years. In the complex located at Francuska street, IBM is to open its Delivery Center of 3,200 sq m. The new tenant will move into in October this year.
The center in Katowice will form part of IBM’s network of strategic facilities providing IT services worldwide, including servers operational systems management and systems security, as well as services for end-users, including maintenance and monitoring of IT appliances and software systems.
– We have been cooperating with IBM for many years. The company has been running its business in our office buildings in Cracow. Thanks to that, we were able to meet all requirements of the prestigious tenant, and provide it with optimal working conditions adjusted to the higest standards. We are proud of the fact that, when searching for a new location in Poland, IBM has chosen Francuska Office Centre” – says Jacek Wachowicz, Member of the Board and Director of Leasing and Sales at GTC S.A.
– Katowice is one of the most developed cities in Poland. It offers highly-skilled employees and modern transportation infrastructure. I am confident that thanks to actions taken by the city authorities toward investors, Katowice will provide IBM with all necessary support for further development” – adds Jacek Wachowicz.
Francuska Office Centre comprises two buildings with a total of 21,504 sq m class A office space. The list of tenants includes also: Rockwell Automation, Ruch, Oracle, Vattenfall, Bank Millennium, Getin Bank, Nordea Bank, KPMG, Philips Lighting, American Heart of Poland, Arpid and Berlitz. The complex is currently 90% let.
Francuska Office Centre offers a direct access from Francuska street and easy access for travellers on the A4 motorway and national route 86. Katowice International Airport, at Pyrzowice, is about a 30-minute drive, and the Cracow Balice Airport is about 40-minute drive. The underground parking garage at the complex offers spaces for about 400 vehicles.
The interiors at Francuska Office Center are designed to allow tenants flexible arrangement and efficient management of the space, for such uses as back-office operations, research or laboratory activity, as well as representative seat. The complex offers companies the opportunity to grow within a single office park, which is still a rare feature in Katowice.
Francuska Office Centre is certified with EU GreenBuilding certificate which confirms that it saves approximately 40% of energy. Key solutions include energy-efficient windows that prevent overheating of rooms, effective ventilation with recuperation (heat recovery), and computerized building management system (BMS) and lighting control.