Savills launches Workthere in Poland

Global real estate advisory firm Savills has launched the Polish version of Workthere, its flexible office specialist and website listing platform (workthere.pl) that helps occupiers find flexible workspace and offers professional assistance in leasing optimal workspaces.

Workthere was launched in the UK in 2017 in response to the rapid growth of the co-working and serviced office market, and now operates from a global platform with a presence in England, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, the US, Singapore, India and Vietnam. This latest launch in Poland, represents Workthere’s eleventh international offer.

Workthere Poland will be led by Jarosław Pilch, who is also head of tenant representation, office agency at Savills Poland. Jaroslaw will be joined by Aleksandra Barlik, flex office consultant for Workthere Poland.

The new Workthere Poland website lists over 100 locations across the country’s largest cities and offers the possibility of quick and easy comparisons of various options. Additionally, experienced real estate experts will provide both corporate and private clients seeking to lease flexible space with the best-in-class advice, as well as helping to select an appropriate office for the occupier’s type of business and negotiate the best lease terms – completely free of charge.

“Workthere is another natural step for Savills towards new technologies. On its launch date, it covers approximately 80% of the market and most of the largest flexible office providers in Poland. Workthere is not a listing website where you could buy a featured listing spot, but a professional and user-friendly property database, backed up by our advice. I have been following the flexible office space market in Poland for over 20 years, playing an active role in its growth, and I am delighted to be able to launch a tool that has been lacking in our market so far,” says Jarosław Pilch, Head of Tenant Representation, Office Agency, Savills Poland, and Head of Workthere Poland.

According to Savills data, Poland already has approximately 287,000 sq m of flexible office space in total. This sector grew at its fastest pace between 2016 and 2019, when flex office supply rose by over 55%. The largest operators provide a diverse offer, with fees per desk ranging between PLN 370 and over PLN 2,000 per month. Occupiers of flexible offices also enjoy a range of additional amenities, including professional reception desk services, access to the internet and office equipment, and sometimes even a barista.

“The pandemic has accelerated the drive towards flexibility in the office market with smaller companies, start-ups and freelancers increasingly appreciating the convenience of leasing flexible spaces. With a growing trend towards flexibility, many large companies who are likely to see their headcounts grow, would rather not lease larger spaces in excess of their current needs. For expansion, they want to be able to use flexible offices to not only provide an alternative solution in their real estate portfolio, but also provide a different option for staff in terms of where they are able to work,” says Cal Lee, Global Head of Workthere.

Flexible offices, in addition to individual private desks, also offer an option to lease larger spaces for longer. According to Workthere, the largest corporations are increasingly choosing this option. The largest transaction brokered by Workthere so far was for close to 1,000 desks.

“One of Workthere’s main benefits is that we can find a workspace near you quickly. We will help you make sure that the space meets your workstyle and we will guide you through all the formalities. Do you wear a suit for work and need an elegant office? Or do you prefer to work in a less formal setting with creative people? Our wide offer of serviced offices will help you find a place where you will feel comfortable. You will make the best choices with us,” says Aleksandra Barlik, Flex Office Consultant, Workthere.