Allegro drives into Norblin

Polish online e-commerce platform Allegro has leased almost nearly 16,200 sqm in Capital Park’s Norblin Factory mixed-use development in Warsaw, making it the largest tenant of the complex.

The company will be relocating in stages from the Q22 building to five floors of building B of Norblin Factory, starting in July 2021. Allegro was represented by Cresa during the negotiations.

Last year Allegro registered a 40 pct rise in online orders and now has more than 30 mln visitors to its website each month. It is headquartered in Poznań and as well as Warsaw has regional offices in Toruń, Wrocław and Kraków – locations where it will also need to enlarge its operations. The company currently employs 2,100 professionals of whom 640 are based in Warsaw.

Allegro needed bigger offices due to dynamic expansion of its operations. The company started the relocation process two years before the lease expiry, which gave us plenty of time to carefully review offers and to tailor lease conditions to the client’s needs. The key elements for Allegro were: a well-connected location, a large floor area, space availability in the second half of next year and a range of amenities for employees. The Norblin Factory met all the requirements of Allegro. The building offers superior services and a range of facilities for a comfortable work experience every day.
Artur Sutor, the head of the office department at Cresa Poland

The Design Group is responsible for the interior design of Allegro’s new offices, which are to be given a post-industrial feel with the use of glass surfaces and recycled natural fabrics. The premises are also to be eco-friendly and will have its own specific micro-climate with the introduction of unusual plants.

Norblin Factory or Fabryka Norblina, which has been variously called ArtNorblin and ArtN during its development, is under construction between ul. Żelazna, ul. Prosta and ul. Łucka in Warsaw’s Wola-Centrum neighbourhood – on the 2 ha site of the former Norblin metal-plating plant. The revitalisation project will comprise 65,000 sqm of usable space, including 41,000 sqm of offices, with the remaining 24,000 sqm made up of entertainment, F&B, services, retail, culture and wellness. To commemorate the history of the former factory, Capital Park will be opening the Museum of the Norblin Factory on the site.

The tenants of the Norblin Factory already include BioBazar (1,800 sqm), a seven-screen boutique cinema (3,300 sqm) and a food hall with over 30 F&B concepts (3,200 sqm). It will also house Japan Tobacco International’s global business service centre (8,500 sqm).

All the buildings have been BREEAM pre-certified at the ‘Very Good’ level in the design phase. Norblin Factory is now scheduled to open in Q2 2021.