MetLife Europe Services Limited to Move into Warsaw UNIT Skyscraper
The company, which operates as a part of the global financial group MetLife, will occupy the 21st floor of Warsaw UNIT, the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced skyscraper in Poland.
Employees of MetLife Europe Services Limited will move into their new office in Warsaw UNIT, in the business center of Warsaw at Rondo Daszyńskiego, this December. The company will have 1,500 sq m of state-of-the-art office space at its disposal. The lease agreement was signed with Ghelamco, the developer and owner of the skyscraper, for a period of 7 years. The tenant was supported in the transaction by the consulting firm CBRE.
“MetLife is another global brand that has chosen Warsaw UNIT for its headquarters. Our building is relied upon by leaders in their industries, both Polish and international, who do not accept compromise in the quality of the working environment. The highest level of security, state-of-the-art technologies and eco-friendly solutions used in the building create an ideal space for innovative businesses to operate and grow. We welcome MetLife as our new tenant. I am convinced that Warsaw UNIT will provide ideal conditions for further development of the company,” says Jarosław Zagórski, Commercial and Business Development Director, Ghelamco Poland.
“After 25 years, MetLife is moving from its offices in Powiśle to modern headquarters in Wola, one of the capital’s fastest growing districts. We are very pleased with this change, especially because we will be working in the most eco-friendly and technologically advanced office building in Warsaw,” said Piotr Sztrauch, EMEA Controller and Warsaw Center of Excellence Executive Lead.
“Warsaw’s office market saw strong activity among tenants in the first half of the year. Nearly 0.5 million sq m of space has been leased, of which 30 percent in the booming business district of Wola and Rondo Daszyński area. The Warsaw Unit building is located in the heart of this part of Warsaw, and our client was looking for a modern office in a perfectly connected and functional location. Other important selection criteria included safety and ability to create a friendly working environment, supported by state-of-the-art technology solutions, as well as ecological issues and maintaining the highest environmental standards. Warsaw Unit turned out to be a great choice. I’m glad that we were able to accompany MetLife in this successful search,” says Joanna Andryszczyk, Senior Consultant in CBRE’s office space department.
MetLife is one of the world’s leading financial services companies. It offers insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management services, helping individuals and institutional clients build the most secure future possible. Founded in 1868, the company operates in more than 40 markets worldwide, holding leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In February of this year, MetLife, Inc. was included in Fortune’s 2022 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies”.
With 46 floors and a height of 202m, Warsaw UNIT is the most hi-tech and environmentally-friendly building in Poland, which perfectly reflects Ghelamco’s ESG strategy. The building was the first skyscraper in Poland to receive a BREEAM certificate with the highest possible rating of ‘Outstanding’. In addition to this, the building has also been awarded Green Standard Building certification as well as a WELL Health-Safety Rating, WELL v2 pre-certification and a ‘Building Without Barriers’ certificate. Moreover, Warsaw UNIT features Ghelamco’s patent Signal OS operating system, which comes with its own app to help monitor savings and energy usage. Anti-pandemic solutions have also been applied within the building. The ventilation system is secured at central ventilation points with anti-viral UV lamps and it additionally allows people to work in pure fresh air while at the same time clearing the inside of the building of smog.
Warsaw UNIT will also be the first skyscraper to be powered by 100% clean energy, cutting CO2 emissions over the building’s life cycle by more than half. This is a result of Ghelamco’s photovoltaic farm construction program announced in May this year.
The skyscraper stands out with its elegance and timeless architecture as well as with its original solutions such as the kinetic façade that takes the form of dragon scales and waves in the wind, or with Skyfall Warsaw, which is the highest viewing terrace in Poland. It is fully glazed and includes a special moving platform, which guarantees an unforgettable experience.