In one of Warsaw’s largest transactions ever, workspace provider HB Reavis has leased 18 floors in its Forest Tower to Bank Pekao. Poland’s second-largest bank will become the building’s anchor tenant. The new HQ reflects the ESG-driven strategy of the bank – which aims to support sustainable development and social responsibility, and be an inspiring workplace.
The deal is another clear indication that HB Reavis’ future-proof workspaces strategy, with its focus on premium, wellbeing-centric and sustainable buildings is bringing its fruits.
The new tenant of the 120m Forest tower is one of the CEE’s largest financial institutions. Founded in 1929, it serves over 6.1m retail customers every second, and provides market-leading private banking, asset management and brokerage operations.
Known for its famous bison logo; the bank installed Poland’s first ever ATM, issued the country’s first credit cards, opened its first brokerage house and pioneered biometrics to move the business beyond traditional banking.
Now, it has committed to support carbon neutrality of its business activities, e.g. through pro-ecological improvements in its branches, as well as on activities improving satisfaction of its employees via well-being solutions.
It is this focus that led the Bank Pekao to choose Forest. The development’s biophilic design features 200 trees and as many shrubs on the courtyard and rooftop terraces, in addition to a variety of relaxation zones.
Forest also provides above-standard air quality and supply, while its energy-efficient windows deliver plenty of daylight and heat comfort. BREEAM- and WELL-certified, the design – by HRA Architekci – uses a number of environmentally-focused solutions to reduce the carbon footprint and maximise resources, including the re-use of rainwater.
Forest office campus offers 78,000 sq m area, with almost 80% occupancy.