Multi’s Polish flagship project opened its doors to the public.This modern urban shopping destination is situated in the inner city of Gdańsk and offers 62,000 m2 GLA of retail, a multi-screen cinema, leisure facilities, restaurants and 1,100 parking spaces. Forum Gdańsk also includes a boutique hotel and the multi-functional Gdańsk Heritage Centre. The center boasts a new public transport hub and is adjacent to the main railway station, the Old Town and key municipal buildings. Multi Poland, part of Multi Corporation, the Gdańsk municipal authorities and PKP Polish Railways cooperated on this major project. The total investment, including road infrastructure development, was approximately € 194 million.
“We are proud to open Forum Gdańsk, one of Multi’s most challenging projects since its foundation in 1982. It provides a modern urban shopping destination for the 1.3 million inhabitants in its immediate catchment area, plus the 2.5 million tourists that visit Gdańsk every year,’’ said Josip Kardun, CEO Multi Corporation.
Forum Gdańsk was designed to revitalize the historical areas of the former Hay and Crayfish Markets, by combining a retail scheme with high-quality public spaces and modern infrastructure. Multi added a new street running underground between the train tracks and the center, crossings to improve throughput, plus pedestrian walkways along the Radunia Canal and the Old Town center. It is also a transport hub for buses, trams, trains, and cars and has a bike and pedestrian paths and also boasts a public square designed as an attractive space to meet and relax. Visitors can enjoy comfortable seating surrounded by greenery or choose one of many cafés and restaurants with gardens.
An important part of the project is the revitalizing of the banks of the Radunia Canal, adding a glass roof for all-weather enjoyment. Forum Gdańsk offers over two hectares of green areas, which have been planted with over 33 thousand plants from 80 species, creating a unique ecosystem in the city center that, it is hoped, will attract butterflies and songbirds.