The strategy of Gdynia duly appreciated in Cannes

The strategy of Gdynia duly appreciated in Cannes

The maritime economy development strategy of Gdynia has been esteemed by specialist magazine Financial Times in a ranking of the Polish City of the Future. In this ranking, Gdynia receives the award for the third time in a row, which is the confirmation of its economic potential.

The ranking of the FDI Magazine comprises cities which have attracted the largest number of foreign investors. Each of them is subject to a detailed analysis in terms of five aspects – economic potential, human capital and lifestyle, cost-effectiveness, friendliness to business as well as communications and availability. The sixth category is evaluated too: strategy. It has no influence on the general outcome, however it is awarded separately. Gdynia obtained the reward exactly in this category – FDI Strategy for the maritime economy development strategy.

This exceptionally prestigious distinction is the evidence of a permanent development trend of Gdynia and confirms the rightness of the development direction chosen by local self-government, based on the maritime economy. The magazine is read by investors all over the world. The award will be collected by Mayor Wojciech Szczurek in Cannes at the biggest investment fairs in Europe – MIPIM.

This reward undoubtedly contributes to recognition of Gdynia on the investment market. As a city from outside the largest five ones in Poland, with short history, we tend to cope with this problem abroad. Like on call, we receive the title as a remedy i.e. publication of the ranking in the magazine and as the icing on the cake – a gala with presentation of the awards organized in such a place and at such time that all the most important players and decision-makers observe it. This helps very much to end on the list of potential locations – and once we are there, we have a tool to convince. Personally, I am also very satisfied with the fact that regular success in this difficult ranking confirms the rightness of the strategic economic decisions and, ipso facto, encourages us to further intense work for the benefit of development of Gdynia,” adds Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, Vice-Mayor of Gdynia in charge of economy.

City anniversary

City anniversary

On 10 February 1926, Gdynia received its city charter. Celebration of the city’s 93rd birthday begins as early as on 1 February. An exhibition of the best photos posted on Instagram, a birthday run and a city game – these are only some of the attractions for Gdynia’s anniversary.

From 1 February until the end of the month, the best photos of Gdynia published on Instagram can be viewed at the City Information Centre. From 6 February, pictures of Gdynia taken by photographer Janusz Uklejewski, who recorded the city’s life on film from 1945 onwards, will be presented at the TYGIEL arts venue in Gdynia.

The Marine Branch of PTTK in Gdynia invites to a city game along the trails of independence. The treasure expedition will enable us to learn the history of the city, its monuments, events and associated figures. The organisers particularly encourage tourists, school children and teachers to take part in the game. The game is planned for 8 February. All participants should meet at the Gdynia City Hall (al. Marszałka Piłsudskiego 52/54), ground floor lobby, 11 a.m.–12.30 p.m. Applications for participation in the game can be sent to wrzosrj@wp.pl until 5 February 2019.
On 9 February, everyone is invited to Gdynia Arena. The programme includes a concert of the band called NonSTOP. It will also be possible to ask for advice of a makeup artist, trichologist, nutritionist and physiotherapist, as well as check your blood sugar and pressure levels.
The main celebrations connected with the 93rd anniversary of granting the city charter will be held on 10 February at 12 noon by the Maritime Poland monument.
On 10 February at 12 noon, Gdynia guides invite us to see the famous townhouses in Gdynia situated at Abrahama 26, Abrahama 28 and Batorego 4. All participants are asked to gather at 12 noon in front of Gdynia InfoBox (Świętojańska 30).
Running enthusiasts can celebrate the jubilee by taking part in a 10-kilometre birthday run, which will take place on 17 February. The organisers have planned an accompanying competition for the day before the race.

A special birthday programme has been prepared by the Gdynia City Museum, which offers free admission on 9 and 10 February. During this time, a new module of the permanent exhibition titled “Gdynia – open work” will be opened in memory of commune head Jan Radtke. The Gdynia City Museum Education Centre has prepared an unusual archiving campaign titled “The city here and now”, during which it will be possible to record statements on the present in the city of sea and dreams (Sunday, 12 noon–3 p.m.). On 10 February at 2 p.m., the Museum director, Jacek Fredrich, PhD, invites for a curatorial tour of the permanent exhibition titled “Gdynia – open work”.

Those who would like to wish Gdynia a happy birthday may take part in the birthday wish competition. Wish ideas can be submitted until 7 February. The wishes should refer to the jubilee and consist of no more than 17 characters. The best ones will be placed in the window of the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia. Please submit your applications here: http://bit.ly/podaj_haslo.
We wish you another 100 years, Gdynia!

Modern office buildings in Śródmieście Morskie

Modern office buildings in Śródmieście Morskie

Polski Holding Nieruchomości [Polish Real Estate Holding] is searching for a general contractor of the Marina Office complex to be constructed at Hryniewickiego 10 Street in Gdynia.

A modern office complex will be located in the vicinity of the Bay of Gdańsk offering a view of Kościuszki Square, next to the flag investment of the PHN Capital Group – the Yacht Park. Marina Office is a complex that consists of three independent five-storey buildings sharing a garage hall with a total area of 27,000 square meters. Architectural design is developed by the studio S.A.M.I. Architekci Mariusz Lewandowski i Wspólnicy [S.A.M.I. Architects Mariusz Lewandowski and Partners]. As the investor described the undertaking – the creators of the building complex were inspired by a shell with its rough external surface and a smooth iridescent interior. A very distinctive mezzanine can be seen in the south-western part of the front building. Tenants of the office buildings will be able to rest at the internal green patio in the middle of the complex. An excellent location of buildings in the city centre and a unique view of the bay will surely attract many tenants.

The Yacht Park housing estate that consists of six residential buildings and a marina for 120 yachts are currently being constructed in the vicinity of the complex. The apartments are to be completed next year.

Gdynia as the city of sailors

Gdynia as the city of sailors

Gdynia is preparing for the organization of the Junior World Sailing Championship, which will take place from 13 to 19 July 2019. It is a great sports event, but also a very organizationally challenging project, as there will be nearly 500 competitors from
76 countries at the start.

Recently, Gdynia hosted the delegation of the International Sailing Federation, as well as representatives of the Polish Yachting Association. Together with employees of the Gdynia Sports Center, they discussed the state of preparations of the city for the organization of the event. The team of the world federation, led by the event director, Alistar Fox, visited hotels in which competitors will be accommodated, as well as nearby tourist attractions.

The President of the Polish Yachting Association, Tomasz Chamera, praised the excellent sports infrastructure of Gdynia, thanks to which the city can organize international events. The sports base will be developed next year. The construction of a new harbour for 120 yachts at the Nadbrzeże Kutrowe in the Sea City is in progress. The investor plans to complete the project to the participants of the Junior World Championship. Sailors will be able to take advantage of the new marina and modern sanitary facilities.
As many as 500 competitors from 76 countries will race in the next year’s junior regatta in Gdynia. They will compete in the waters of the Gdansk Bay in 8 classes, and each class will play 11 races. One country will be able to field one competitor (team) in a given competition.

Not only the Sea City is going to change its face in the near future

For many years, Gdynia citizens have been waiting for the implementation of the investment at the square between Władysława IV, Armii Krajowej and Obrońców Wybrzeża streets. In the near future, the previously neglected square is going to change its face. In the summer of this year, the investor planning to build three buildings in this place obtained a building permit, and recently the trees and shrubs growing over the site have been removed, which heralds the commencement of construction works.

 

The information has been confirmed by Hossa, the investing company. The area is currently being prepared for the implementation of a new investment consisting in the construction of two residential buildings and a public utility building. The construction works themselves will start until spring of 2018. Good news for residents is the fact that the investment has been planned so as to, in addition to supplementing the frontage of this part of Władysława IV Street, also create a new square between the buildings, which is going to be a new public space. There will also be a car park with public parking spaces under the same buildings.

Gdynia’s port is developing

Gdynia’s port is developing

The new ferry terminal in Gdynia received PLN 117 million in EU funding. The Port of Gdynia Authority has just selected a contractor for the project, which will enable the service of larger passenger ferries of up to 245 meters in length.

The terminal is to be built at ul. Polska, in the vicinity of the Museum of Emigration. The land plot for the project is ready for the commencement of construction works. Four old port buildings and a transformer station were demolished there. On 18 June this year, the Port Authority and the Director of the EU Transport Projects Centre signed an agreement on EU subsidization of the project for an amount of PLN 117 million.

Thanks to this investment, even larger passenger ferries with a length of 240 metres will arrive in Gdynia. At present, the terminal enables the mooring of ferries with a length of
175 m. The new location of the terminal will enable easier ferries manoeuvring and shortening of the time of their stay in the port, as well as significantly facilitate access to the centre of Gdynia for passengers arriving on ferries. The service of ships in the new terminal is to last up to 120 minutes, from the start of the mooring operation until the departure of the ferry. Passengers will be able to take advantage of new facilities. The road and railway system is to be reconstructed.

The new ferry terminal will be connected to the international transport system via the A1 motorway. It will also contribute to the development of the Gdynia-Karlskrona sea line connections.

Everything for sailors

Everything for sailors

The construction of a new marina at the Kutrowe Wharf in Gdynia is in progress. As many as 120 yachts will be able to dock there. A modern harbour administration project is also ready.

Polski Holding Nieruchomości is currently implementing the Yacht Park investment. Luxury apartment complexes with an unforgettable view of the Gdańsk Bay will be erected at the Fishing Pier. Water sports enthusiasts will be able to dock their yacht in the neighbouring marina. The investor has planned to build 135 apartment complexes in six 5-storey residential buildings. Ground floors will be used as business premises. The investor plans to build three piers with places for
120 yachts of various lengths. Studio Architektoniczne Arch-Deco prepared a modern harbour administration project. After entering the port, docking sailors will have at their disposal a laundry room, a drying room and comfortable bathrooms.

An unquestionable advantage of this harbour will be its location. The location in the immediate vicinity of the city centre will allow you to enjoy all its charms. After going ashore, sailors will have at their disposal restaurants serving dishes from around the world, cafés, theatres, music clubs and museums, as well as beaches and places for walks.
The investor plans to commission the marina in 2019, when the participants of the Junior Sailing World Championships will come to Gdynia.

Waterfront II

Waterfront II

The first Tri-City multiplex disappears from the Gdynia landscape. The land owner, Vastint, started demolishing the former Centrum Gemini. The new development design of this area will use its advantages and unique location and will create place for work and rest. 

The Investor plans to build a hotel, conference areas, public utility buildings, including a cinema. Near Waszyngton and Hryniewiecki Streets there will be erected residential buildings, office buildings and commercial premises. The development design of this area was prepared by JEMS Architekci. The development concept refers to the Gdynia modernism. An important element of this area is to be walkways with a public garden square and an attractive landscape architecture. Demolition works are expected to be completed until March 2019.

This is the second stage of the project called Waterfront. As part of the Waterfront I project, in 2015, between the Sea Towers building and Skwer Kosciuszki, was build the Courtyard by Marriott hotel with the view of the Gdansk Bay and the 11-storey office building.

City Center of Gdynia and UNESCO

City Center of Gdynia and UNESCO

The modernist architecture of the City Center of Gdynia on the UNESCO World Heritage List? The Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage appointed persons from the National Heritage Board of Poland to draw up a formal application. In Gdynia, a special team of experts will deal with the promotion of the Gdynia’s heritage.

To be included in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, applicants must undergo a multi-stage process. First, you must be granted the status of Historic Monument, and only after completing the necessary stages, apply for inclusion in the so-called UNESCO Tentative List. In 2007, Gdynia submitted an application for inclusion of the City Center of Gdynia in the voivodship register of historic monuments, which enabled the city to apply for the status of Historic Monument of Poland. In 2015, under the regulation adopted by the President of the Republic of Poland, the City Center of Gdynia became one of the most important monuments in Poland.
The second stage of efforts to obtain the inclusion is to undertake promotional activities that popularize the Gdynia’s heritage of modernist architecture in the country and abroad. Specially for this purpose, the president of Gdynia appointed a team of experts.

“The task of our team is to continue to take care of the international promotion of the valuable monument of architecture and modernist urbanism, i.e. the City Center of Gdynia,” says Marek Stepa, vice president of Gdynia for development “Nowwe have to prepare documentation that will certify the supra-national character of this achievement, which was made in the 1920s and 1930s.” This documentation must be presented to UNESCO experts.

The entry in the list is granted only once a year. Poland has 15 objects inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, 14 of which are cultural heritage objects and 1 is the natural heritage object.
The Gdynia’s local government has consistently been taking care of its historic architecture for many years.
Since 2007, Gdynia has been organizing international conferences under the slogan “Modernism in Europe – Modernism in Gdynia” devoted to the presentation of the latest research on modernist architecture and conservation issues related to it.

The city joined the Decomomo International association, i.e. an international organization that supports and disseminates activities associated with modernism in architecture.
In June 2018, Gdynia took part in the founding meeting of the Modern Cities Reporting group, dedicated to conservation issues associated with the management of modernist development complexes.

Gdynia as a meeting place

Gdynia as a meeting place

During the Expo Real trade fair in Munich, Gdynia and other European cities take part in a seminar dedicated to the development of coastal areas, the so-called waterfronts. “This year we came with the project of the Dalmor quay and we strongly focus on the hotel industry,” says Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, vice-president of Gdynia.

This year, the largest trade fair of real estate and B2B investments in Europe, in Munich, will be visited by 1,900 exhibitors from 35 countries. From 2017, Pomerania jointly participates in the trade fair, presenting its offer under the brand name Invest in Pomerania. Gdynia came to Munich to present the project of the Dalmor quay. The vice-president of Gdynia, Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, in the interview with the journalist of “Rzeczpospolita”, admitted that the project of transformation of former shipyard areas is being planned for years, and its consistent promotion brings more and more interest from large investors.

– We have a precise strategy for tourism development, we want to be a meeting city and we know exactly what investments we are looking for – said vice-president of Gdynia, Ms Gruszecka-Spychała.  – This year we also strongly focus on the hotel industry. In Gdynia, we have the perfect space for high standard hotels. We offer plots of land in unique locations, situated in the coastal belt – these areas will be the topic of discussions with key investors. Thanks to the fact that we are here, we can present the development potential of Gdynia and encourage international players to invest with us – said Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała.

The vice-president of Gdynia participates in many thematic seminars organized during the trade fair. Together with representatives of such cities as Barcelona, Glasgow, Helsinki, Liverpool, Porto and Stockholm, she will participate, among others, in Urban Innovation & Waterfront Seminars.

– During these meetings, in addition to the exchange of valuable experiences, we will debate innovative solutions in the creation of waterfront spaces and how the development of quays can strengthen city centres – said Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała.

Expo Real Munich is taking place October 9-10, 2018.