Benson Elliot extends reach into Poland with acquisition of Chmielna 134 in Warsaw

Benson Elliot, the UK-based private equity real estate fund manager, acting on behalf of its pan-European fund, Benson Elliot Real Estate Partners IV L.P. (“BEREP IV” or the “Fund”), has acquired an office building in central Warsaw from an institutional fund.

Built in 1995 and refurbished in 2012, the property comprises c. 14,100 sqm of modern office space, with ground floor retail and 96 car parking spaces. The building is prominently situated in the popular City Centre West sub-market, a dynamic business district seeing rising rents due to its central location, excellent transport links and local amenities.

Benson Elliot is planning a transformative refurbishment and subsequent repositioning of the building. The value-add programme will see an upgrade to the existing space and delivery of state-of-the-art amenities including co-working areas, an improved F&B offering and green spaces. When completed, the building’s workplace and tenant appeal is expected to be markedly enhanced, offering contemporary space in an increasingly popular area of central Warsaw.

Joseph DeLeo, Senior Partner at Benson Elliot, said: “We’ve been engaged in Poland’s regional office markets for several years, but see a compelling investment story in Warsaw now too. The Warsaw office market is seeing rising take-up, falling vacancies and strong investor interest, with international companies moving to the capital to benefit from its young, well-educated, English-speaking work force. We’re well positioned to capitalise on the opportunity and look forward to delivering an exciting new urban workplace in this increasingly sought-after locale.”

Benson Elliot was advised by Dentons and Reesco and has engaged Syrena Real Estate as local operating partner.

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