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Changing the skyline of Katowice

Changing the skyline of Katowice

Well-known Polish investor TDJ Estate, design agency Medusa Group and Bilfinger Tebodin are partnering in a development that is literally changing the skyline of Katowice city. A complex of two towers called .KTW, an abbreviation of the name Katowice, are expected to become the center of business in southern Poland. Both the structures and the expectations are sky-high.

The .KTW office complex is located in the culture zone, the ambitious revitalization of a former coal mine area. The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the International Congress Centre and the Silesian Museum are already at the center of this metropolitan area with a population of two-million. .KTW will fill the gap in the office space market and meet the expectations of companies looking for top-class office space at a modern and prestigious location. Where before Katowice used to be mainly associated with heavy industry, the city now has a dynamically growing business process and IT outsourcing sectors – so called BPO and ITO – and emerging shared service centers.

The construction of the first tower, .KTW I (66 meter), and of three underground levels for both towers will run from June 2016 to February 2018. The above ground part of .KTW II (nearly 133 meter) will be started after .KTW I receives positive leasing status. The total office and retail space for tower I is 18,850 m2 and 1560 m2; for tower II it’s 39,135 m2 and 2100 m2. Construction on difficult foundation conditions, located in a tight urban area, is a challenge. ‘The project is definitely going to be a showcase for demonstrating Bilfinger Tebodin’s expertise,’ says Bilfinger Tebodin Project Manager Mr. Pawel Florek.

Dynamic city
Katowice-based TDJ SA is a private investment company with over four decades of business activities. Its subsidiaries became important market players and three of them were introduced to the Warsaw Stock Exchange. TDJ owns 16 production plants. ‘TDJ wants to show the world that Katowice is a dynamic modern city and a most interesting destination, next to the capital city of Warsaw.’ Mr. Marian Garczarczyk, Project Director for TDJ Estate explains. ‘We want to realize our vision of office buildings of the highest A-class. Bilfinger Tebodin’s thorough analysis in the pre-execution phase of this challenging project helped us in making certain decisions’. Bilfinger Tebodin is responsible for project management, including technical supervision, BREEAM certification, project administration, cost control and health & safety management.


Published in World, issue July 2016