Real estate advisory firm Savills estimates that the prices of building materials for new commercial real estate construction in Poland increased by close to 30% in the past 12 months and expects demand for technical consultancy to grow. The Building & Project Consultancy team of Savills Poland has summarised its activity in 2021, a year in which it completed close to 60 projects for commercial properties with a combined area of 1.5 million sq m and almost doubled its headcount.

“The rising costs of construction services and building materials in conjunction with shortages of construction workers are driving demand for technical consultancy. The prices of building materials rose by around 30% year-on-year, while the costs of insulating materials and sprinkler systems which are so important in commercial space fit-out soared by 70%. The disrupted steel supply chain and the return of some construction workers to Ukraine are brand new challenges that are impacting the pace and possibility of delivering many projects. Today, more than ever before, professional assistance with space fit-out or construction of commercial buildings helps deliver projects on time, bring costs down and propose alternative ways of project delivery if necessary. The growing demand for such services is also being driven by the desire to implement ESG policies and to bring buildings in line with sustainable construction requirements,” says Jakub Jędrys, Director, Head of Building & Project Consultancy, Savills Poland.

Savills has recently expanded its Building & Project Consultancy team in Poland with new appointments: Sabina Dziadosz and Marek Zujewicz as project managers, Łukasz Bednarczuk as a consultant and an electrical inspector, and Stefania Kochaniak and Szymon Matera as junior consultants. The firm will soon further bolster its capabilities by adding an engineer dedicated to logistics real estate.

Meanwhile, the expansion of the firm’s structures has seen business line leaders appointed to managerial positions. Krzysztof Kuciński, responsible for liaising with landlords, and Łukasz Michalak, a tenant adviser, have been promoted to Associate Director. Piotr Stańko, leading strategic technical due diligence consultancy, was promoted to Associate, while Mateusz Parzychowski, a fit-out cost and property manager, became a Senior Consultant. Jakub Jędrys, who leads the team, was promoted to Director.

“We are strengthening our teams with new appointments of experienced engineers to meet the increasing requirements from clients. I am also delighted to see our long-standing employees grow and take on new managerial roles, which will allow them to advance their careers and us to grow further and solidify our market position,” says Jakub Jędrys, Director, Head of Building & Project Consultancy, Savills Poland.

The Building & Project Consultancy team at Savills Poland delivers comprehensive technical services for tenants and landlords of office, warehouse and mixed-use properties, PRS projects and lands. Its services comprise fit-out projects, construction management and oversight, including control of costs and subcontractor work.