While Residential is expected to continue appealing to land investors and developers, Colliers highlighted a continuing move to expand available Purpose-built Student Housing in Poland.
In their latest report, Polish Investment Land Market 2020, they discuss the Offices, Warehouse and Industrial, Retail, Service and Hotel sectors as well as Residential across the central European country. Citing shortages of available land as well as growing demand, prices per square metre for Residential are rising to levels last seen in 2007.
Residential developers are now looking at re-zoning, use changes and redevelopment projects to allow creative and imaginative diversification into popular alternatives such as Student Housing, Eldercare facilities and Aparthotels. This has led to stiffer competition for suitable commercial and industrial sites as the Residential developers diversify their game.
There is also a growing number of foreign investors eyeing Poland as a logical step into Europe and, historically, Student Housing is often one of their most favoured asset classes.
Key Polish cities such as Krakow, Wroclaw and Katowice are attracting attention as an alternative to the capital Warsaw. Each of these cities is blessed with more than one good university and with extremely low PBSH provision rates nationally, are attractive options for investors.
The ability to build scale is appealing in Poland – just recently Corestate partnered with Bain, the US private equity firm, to launch a €500m Micro-living assets venture. As well as student demand, there is growing interest in 21st century lifestyle choices by young professionals especially in the IT, Outsourcing and Logistics arenas.
In Studivest’s view, Poland is an attractive and compelling investment option for institutions, especially as liquidity is now forming within the Student Housing and Co-living markets.
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Colliers’ full report can be accessed here.