Warsaw, Mysia 5 (Liberty Corner): Erection Act Ceremony

On May 21, 2002 at 12:00 a.m., Erection Act has been built into the foundations of the “Liberty Corner” office building at Mysia 5 street, future headquarters of the Polish Press Agency. The Erection Act was signed by: the Primate of Poland – Cardinal Józef Glemp, Jolanta Szymanek – Deresz – Head of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, president of Warsaw – Wojciech Kozak, the Marshal of Sejm – Marek Borowski, and the Hosts of the ceremony: Mr Sven von der Heyden – president of Von der Heyden Group and Robert Bogdański – president of PAP. Blessing of the building under construction was done by the Warsaw bishop Piotr Jarecki.

“Liberty Corner” owned by Von der Heyden Group and PAP is being constructed at the place of former Censorship Office. The Censorship Office was demolished in autumn 2001, however, its parts will be used for decoration in the new office building.

Poznan: Andersia Property receives building permit!

”Von der Heyden Group is pleased to announce that on 12.07.02 the City Authorities of Poznan granted Andersia Property Sp. z o.o. the building permit to build a Class A Hotel/Office/Retail complex.

The start of the underground works is expected to be in spring 2003, 6 months later than originally thought. The developer took that decision in order to complete the negotiations with a Hotel Operator and potentially seek a pre-lease for the office area.”’

Lublin: VDHG terminates the Lease Agreement with SORAT Hotels for the Grand Hotel Lublinianka

Von der Heyden Group terminated the 10-year Lease Agreement with SORAT Hotels Sp. z o.o. as the Tenant did not comply with the conditions of the lease agreement signed on 6. February 2001. SORAT failed to pay its rental obligations for 3 consecutive months and did not meet other financial obligations under the Lease Agreement.

Von der Heyden Group has taken over the majority of the staff and is fully prepared to run the Hotel as of 1 September 2002. Agreements with all key suppliers have been entered into in order to guarantee a smooth transition and ensure that the guests of the Hotel will have at least the same as before level of service. The pre-bookings are stable for the coming months. The average Room Rate is around 105 Euro and the Owner expects an Average Occupation in the first year of operations of around 40-45 %.

Lublin: Spanish Evening in Grand Hotel Lublinianka

On September 24, 2002, a hundred-year-old Grand Hotel Lublinianka in Lublin welcomed the celebrities of the world of politics, business, culture, science and the media from the region. The Spanish Evening was the occasion to introduce Mr Javier Soria as the new director of the hotel.

The sounds of sevillianas and the flamenco show filled the walls of the hotel with joyful atmosphere, and the wine and specialties of the Spanish cuisine made the fiesta complete. The latest models of SEAT Ibiza and Alhambra. at the entrance to the hotel added another Spanish detail to the whole event. Mr Sven von der Heyden, the President of Von der Heyden Group himself was taking an active part in making all the guests feel at home and made sure everybody left the hotel with great memories of the evening.

Awards for Von der Heyden Group

The first Construction Journal Awards for Poland produced excitement, surprise and controversy in equal measure as the cream of the Polish real estate community applauded the event’s launch as a resounding success.

The four course dinner and awards ceremony, held at the Warsaw Marriott hotel in downtown Warsaw on Wednesday night (6th November 2002), saw the Von der Heyden Group celebrate an outstanding double success in winning the event’s two major prizes, the award for Best Overall Development as well the industry’s own ‘oscar’ for Personality of the Year 2002.

Grand Hotel Lublinianka was cited by the awards jury as ‘a truly brave development’, while the head of the same company, Sven von der Heyden, was honoured for ‘outstanding contribution to the development growth and profile of the real estate industry in Poland during 2002’. Kinga Koninska, who picked up the award on behalf of Mr von der Heyden, read out a statement saying that he was ‘very surprised and honoured to have been nominated and elected to be the Construction Journal Personality of the Year 2002, and even more really very moved’.

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New Managing Director of VDHG

Von der Heyden Group has appointed Adam Trybusz as the Executive Managing Director of the Group’s Polish activities.

Sven von der Heyden will remain active as the Chairman of the Group and will continue to supervise business in Poland, Spain and Germany.

Adam Trybusz is a graduate of the Technical University of Wroclaw where he secured his masters degree with a specialization in project management. He oversaw the development of the first phase of the 2,2 ha Plac Andersa development in Poznan, the Poznan Financial Centre. This Euro 47 mln office building is one of the Group’s most prestigious developments to date in Poland. The building is nearly 90 % leased to top institutions such as Bank Zachodni WBK, Dresdner Bank, Polkomtel and others.

Adam Trybusz will be responsible for some 12 companies belonging to the Von der Heyden Group in Poland.

VDHG welcomes Dawid Korczyński

Dawid Korczyński, Finance & Banking graduate from Academy of Economics in Krakow and School of Business, Stockholm University, has joined our team.

He has gained professional experience in one of “big five” consulting companies and also in a bank, widely-recognized and well-established in the Polish market.

He is a Financial Controller in Von der Heyden Group.

PWC signs lease on PFC

Von der Heyden Group is pleased to announce our next letting at PFC. An international consulting company, one of the “Big Four” – PricewaterhouseCoopers have leased 492 sqm office space on the first floor in PFC and have joined the group of our Tenants.

“I’m happy that PwC housed its regional headquarters in the PFC building. It’s always good to do business with a proved and reliable partner”, said Mr Peter Driscoll.

“I am particularly happy to have gained PwC as a tenant once again. I believe that one of the reasons PwC selected the Poznan Financial Centre is because of the trust we have developed with them over the years. PwC outgrew their headquarters space in our building at ul. Nowogrodzka 68 in Warsaw and we worked together to agree terms of an early surrender of their lease agreement. I would like to think that the service we provide as a landlord and our willingness to work with our tenants contributed to PwC’s decision to occupy space in our building in Poznan”, said Mr Sven von der Heyden.

Poznań Financial Centre, with its total space of 32 000 sqm, is located in the city centre and offers the highest quality office space. We have already met the top requirements of other prominent Tenants, including Bank Zachodni WBK SA Polkomtel SA, Dresdner Bank Polska SA, Arcelor FCS Commercial Poland Sp. z o.o., Provident Polska SA.

Olympic Gods Banquet at Liberty Corner building

We are pleased to announce that on the 24th of June 2003 a presentation of the Liberty Corner building for top commercial agencies and the press took place. The banquet was enjoyed by more than 100 guests, attending who were entertained by the famous Polish satirist Krzysztof Piasecki. In his speech he referred to the period where the original building standing in the very same location accommodated the censorship offices. The presentation was hosted by the owners of the building Mr. Sven von der Heyden and Adam Trybusz Executive Managing Director of Von der Heyden Group. Greek style decorations have graced reception hall of the building. Decoration was prepared with architectural details of the ancient times.

The Liberty Corner-office building, which was finished in June 2003 is located in heart of Warsaw, at the corner of Bracka and Mysia Street within close proximity of Trzech Krzyży. LC is the first office building in Poland designed without columns, ensuring extra natural light, and providing more flexibility for the space planning. Building offers a state-of-the-art telecommunications system, 4-pipe air conditioning system with possibility of regulation on each floor separately as well as possibility of opening windows, Building Management System (BMS) – to control and monitor all the engineering services. High standards of finishes including windows made of height cedar wood, walls finished in highs quality of marble create the comfort and elegance.

Tenants include the Von der Heyden Group (340 sqm), and Knight Frank Nieruchomości (360 sqm ), and in the nearest future Polish Press Agency (2,575 sqm ). Currently available office space comprises of 4,765 sqm and 50 parking places.

First Anniversary of Grand Hotel Lublinianka

On July 18 the Grand Hotel Lublinianka in Lublin celebrated its first anniversary. Despite the holiday season, the celebration was attended by many friends and partners of the hotel, who were having a great time till late at night.

The event was hosted by Jacek Borkowski, who entertained the guests with the songs from the repertoire of Frank Sinatra. The dancing couple of The Salsa Kings gave a stunning and lively performance of Latin American dances and encouraged the audience to learn salsa and have a go at the dance floor. The comedian show of the famous Lublin based “Ani Mru Mru” satirical group added up to the jolly spirit of the evening. The elaborate buffet and the wide variety of drinks, the 4 tier cake and a lucky draw for the guests made this special evening complete.

The hotel’s first anniversary was also the occasion to make the official presentation of the new General Manager. Hiren Prabhakar took over the post from Javier I. Soria-Torres, and he made a commitment “to provide a high standard of quality and service that guests can experience in hotels anywhere in the world”. He also invited the citizens of Lublin to food promotions at the “BelEtage” Restaurant, to “take advantage of the rich culinary heritage of Poland with an international fusion”.

The owner of the hotel and the President of the Von der Heyden Group, Sven von der Heyden, announced the new management with the IBB Hotels from Spain, represented at the anniversary by its President, Damian Llull.

General Opening of Liberty Corner building

We are pleased to announce that on 26. of November the Grand Opening of Liberty Corner building took place.

The evening was hosted by the owner and developer of the building Mr. Sven von der Heyden and Adam Trybusz, Executive Managing Director of the Von der Heyden Group.

Mr. Piotr Bałtroczyk, a famous polish TV presenter was the host of the evening.
The banquet was enjoyed by more than 170 invited guests, amongst were investment partners, contractors, investment banks, representatives media, and ambassadors.

Liberty Corner, a modern A-class office building is located at the corner of Bracka and Mysia St. within close proximity of Trzech Krzyży Square.

The building was completed in June 2003.

LC is the first office building in Poland designed without columns, providing more flexibility for the space planning. The highest standards of finishes create a feeling of comfort and elegance.

Occupiers include the Von der Heyden Group, Knight Frank, and in the nearest future the Polish Press Agency.

Currently available office space comprises of 4,765 sqm and 50 parking places.

New lease signed at Prima Court building

The FIRST PUBLIC RELATION Company will occupy 300sqm at Prima Court starting from December 1, 2003. The company is a member of Eurocom PR Network.

FIRST PR was set up 13 years ago as the first professional Polish public relations company.

Prima Court is a cosy 4173 sqm office building has been chosen for its excellent location and state-of-the-art technological solutions. The attractiveness of the building is characterized by a prestigious location in the heart of Warsaw with easy access to the strategic places of Warsaw using public transport, but at the same time is secluded and quiet.