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First office tenants in the Proximo building

Hines has signed two agreements for lease of office space in the Proximo building located at the intersection of Prosta Street and Przyokopowa Street, directly by the Rondo Daszyńskiego metro station in Warsaw. The duration of the contract with Takeda is seven years, and the agreement provides for the lease of nearly 1,700 sqm of office space. Takeda will commence its operations in Proximo in July 2016. During the negotiation process, the tenant was represented by the Cushman & Wakefield advisory firm.

Hines Polska, which is moving its offices to Proximo in the third quarter of 2016, will take up another 1,000 sqm of space.

The construction of the Proximo building started in June 2014. Currently, underground construction works are under way. Thanks to the successful leasing of office and commercial space, the project's continuity of financing has been secured, in line with the terms of the loan agreement with BZ WBK.

Przemysław Iznerowicz, Director at Hines Polska, said: ‘Leasing such a significant amount of space in Proximo at such an early stage of construction confirms the attractiveness of the building for tenants. Given considerable supply of office space in the Warsaw market, the success of new buildings depends not only on their unique location and highest quality, but also on the experience and reputation of the developer. The tenants will find all these features in Proximo.’

‘For us, Proximo has been an obvious choice, mainly for its location next to the metro station, which is crucial for our employees. Our previous successful dealings with Hines in Łódź have allowed us the comfort of signing the lease almost two years ahead of the planned relocation date,’ said Jacek Barliński, President of Takeda Polska.

Joanna Blumert, a Senior Negotiator in the Office Department at Cushman & Wakefield, a consultancy firm that represented Takeda, said: ‘One of the main expectations of our client was the improvement of office standard. We managed to achieve this in the Proximo building, for which negotiations were conducted already at the pre-letting stage. The new Takeda offices, which are located in a dynamically growing and very competitive district, satisfy our client completely.’

About Proximo

The Proximo office building is rising on the outskirts of the Central Business District, at the intersection of Prosta and Przyokopowa Streets, in the direct vicinity of Rondo Daszyńskiego, and next to a line 2 metro station with the same name. The nearest metro entrance is located 8 metres from the Proximo's façade, and 22 metres from the main entrance to the building. The Proximo building is only two stops from the Świętokrzyska metro station hub. This means that from the moment of leaving the Proximo offices, tenants will reach the Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki) in just over 5 minutes, while the Dworzec Wileński station is less than a quarter of an hour away. There is also a wide array of services, conference venues and hotels within a 0.5- to 3-kilometre radius of Proximo.

Proximo will offer its tenants 28,385 sqm of Class A office space on 13 above-ground storeys, including approx. 2,000 sqm of commercial space on the ground floor and first floor. Proximo's southern wing will be a 13-storey dominating structure, which will ensure excellent visibility of the building from the major roads running in the vicinity.

Proximo will have 435 parking spaces on three levels of an underground car park, as well as surface parking spaces for guests, deliveries and taxis. Secure bicycle parking, showers and changing rooms have been planned for the convenience of cyclists. A restaurant, a café, a beauty salon, as well as an inner courtyard with street furniture will add to the friendly, yet practical feel of the complex.

Proximo was designed by the architects from the Polish branch of Rolfe Judd of London. An elegant reception lobby and an open inner courtyard were designed by a world-renowned design studio Pininfarina from Italy. The project's main feature is an artful combination of modern materials: concrete, glass, and steel.

The distinguishing features of Proximo are its large and effective floor areas, a low ratio of common areas, excellent lighting of the space, as well as optimum office depth. The building will have efficient technical systems and installations. Thanks to many user- and environment-friendly solutions, Proximo will receive a BREEAM certificate with a VERY GOOD rating.

The general contractor of Proximo is Hochtief Poland. The project is co-financed by Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.