A new mall at Galeria Pomorska, the largest shopping centre in the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland, opened to the public in September, marked by a series of well-attended opening events.
Colman Architects were appointed by the shopping centre owners, Resolution Property and, together with Balmain Asset Management, developed a long-term strategic masterplan for the 400,000 sq ft retail and leisure scheme. This included a major €25m extension as well as an internal reorganisation designed to enhance the performance of the centre by improving circulation and creating new retail space.
Commencing in June 2013, the project was completed in three carefully planned phases to help keep disruption to a minimum. Phase 1 included a new car park and public entrance adjacent to Carrefour; Phase 2 saw the construction of the largest multi-storey car park in Bydgoszcz, providing space for 900 cars. At over 110,000 sq.ft, Phase 3 has brought about a 35% increase in the shopping centre’s footprint and includes the addition of a generously proportioned, brightly day-lit shopping mall which is accessed by new, two-storey, glazed entrances.
The newly extended centre has attracted international brands such as Bershka, Stradivarius, Reserved, Cropp, House, Sinsay, Home & You, and Rossmann, and will see the expansion of existing brands such as H&M, Deichmann, Big Star, Empik, Apart and CCC.
Since opening, footfall has been reported to have increased by 20% (ACROSS – The European Retail Real Estate Magazine)