A Polish company Scallier, which is developing a chain of retail parks in Romania under the brand name Funshop Park, has decided to choose BREEAM as the certification system for newly built schemes. Gleeds, one of the world’s largest companies operating in the construction consultancy market, is responsible for the certification process as well as project and cost management services. By 2022, Scallier plans to deliver 6 assets under the Funshop Park brand, which will offer a total of 40,000 sqm of modern retail space (GLA). Further projects are in the preparatory stage.

“Funshop Park will introduce a new quality of retail to the markets of Romanian medium-sized and small towns. The inhabitants of such areas often do not have access to modern commercial space or it is very limited. Funshop Park will bridge this gap by providing their inhabitants with tailor-made facilities offering an attractive retail and F&B offer,” says Wojciech Jurga, Partner at Scallier, who is responsible for the company’s development in the Romanian market. We are in the process of advanced talks with tenants. The latter include Polish retail chains wishing to develop in the attractive Romanian market, which is characterised by the rapidly growing purchasing power of consumers. At the same time, the Romanian market is very polarised: most of modern retail space operating in the country is located in Bucharest (editorial note: more than 31% of 3.96 million sqm[1]). One of our basic goals was to develop properties that are as sustainable as possible, providing tangible benefits to tenants and local communities,” adds Wojciech Jurga.

So far, only 8 assets in the retail and service sector in Romania have obtained BREEAM certification. Scallier will therefore make a significant contribution to expanding this pool and developing this positive trend. Overall, there are more than 250 green buildings in Romania, nearly half of which have been certified within the past 3 years, with the highest number in 2019 (Green Build 2020). “Currently, around 75% of the certified buildings are located in Bucharest. These statistics show great potential for developing green buildings in the rest of Romania’s regions – outside the capital city. The decision to choose BREEAM certification was motivated by the possibility of using not only European but also local standards, and a variety of solutions that contribute to the development of land with respect for the environment. Thanks to using the BREEAM criteria, including appropriate design solutions, we gain additional advantages for users of all age groups, e.g. playgrounds in outdoor areas,” says Justyna Chmielewska, Head of Sustainability w Gleeds Polska.

In the green building trend, environmental aspects inherently generate economic advantages, translating design solutions into measurable financial benefits with respect to service charges, resulting in an increase in the value of the property and higher occupancy rates. Equally important for sustainable construction are social factors, which are one of important requirements for obtaining green certificates. Buildings located in attractive, well-connected locations, which can be reached by bike or public transport, are promoted. Efficient ventilation of the interior of the building and good access to daylight are also important elements, which affects the comfort and activity of the building users,” says Justyna Chmielewska.

Gleeds has many years of experience in LEED and BREEAM certification of commercial space (including office and warehouse buildings) as well as public buildings. The green portfolio of buildings certified by the Gleeds Polska team includes the High School Academy in Warsaw, built in 2017 – the first school in Poland to be certified under LEED 2009 at the highest possible Platinum level.

Gleeds’ contract for Scallier includes Project Management and Cost Management services, which are the responsibility of the local Gleeds Romania team, and BREEAM certification, which is executed by a team of specialists from Gleeds Poland.

I have no doubt that the involvement of such an experienced company as Gleeds will pay off and result with high quality assets that will be of exceptional value not only to the tenants and clients of Funshop Parks, but also to local communities in medium-sized and small towns in Romania,” concludes Wojciech Jurga.

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Gleeds is one of the world’s largest independent construction consultancy companies with over 130 years of experience in the industry.

We have been assisting our customers in Poland since 1988 and we are one of the first companies in the country to be entitled to use the prestigious title ‘Regulated by RICS’.

In March 2020, Gleeds, as one of 973 companies worldwide, joined the Science Based Targets (SBTi) initiative as part of a long-term commitment to reduce the impact of our business on climate change. SBTi is a partnership between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which helps to determine how much companies need to reduce their emissions to prevent the effects of climate change. The global aim of the SBTi initiative is to support the objectives of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in line with achieving zero net emissions by 2050.

www.gleeds.com

Scallier is active in the commercial property investment management sector and manages such assets with a focus on maximising the value of the property over time. The company was established in 2011 and specialises in the sector of retail parks, regional shopping centres, strip malls and standalone retail assets. Its offer is dedicated to both private and institutional investors.

www.scallier.com

[1] Bucharest Retail Market and Retail Regional Cities Report, Cushman & Wakefield Echinox