Multi Poland officially began the construction of the shopping centre complex Forum Gdansk.Total investment, including road infrastructure development, is about 194 million Gdansk. The project started with preparatory work and archaeological excavations in autumn 2014, and the grand opening is planned for 2017.
The concept design was created by T+T Design, Multi’s in-house design studio. The Polish branch of renowned French construction designers SUD Architectes is in charge of the detailed architectural plan.
Forum Gdansk has been designed to revitalize the historic areas of the former Hay and Crayfish markets, and will combine a retail scheme with the creation of quality public space and the modernization of the road infrastructure. As part of the project, Multi will house and cover the railway tracks running through the land, the reason the potential of the location had not yet been fully exploited.
The 63,000 m2 Forum Gdansk will provide space for some 220 stores, the city’s largest, nine-screen Multikino cinema, a Pure Jatomi fitness club, a selection of restaurants and cafes to suit every taste, and a multi-level car park for 1,100 vehicles. The scheme is already over 50% leased. Tenants already on board include local and international brands, such as C&A, City Sport, Deichmann, Diverse, Douglas, H&M, Le Coq Sportif, Mango, Pandora, Piotr i Pawel, Red Rubin, Rossmann, Solar, Super-Pharm, SWISS, Triumph, Vistula, W.Kruk, Wólczanka. These will be joined by five brands of the internationally expanding Polish LPP Group: CROPP, HOUSE, Mohito, Reserved and Sinsay, together with the home furnishing brand home&you. Inditex will also be present with its brands Zara, Zara Home, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Pull&Bear and Stradivarius. McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King and KFC have already signed up for the foodcourt. Popular local and regional brands Szydłowski bakery, Delicje cake shop and BIOWAY will also be opening stores in Forum Gdańsk.
Forum Gdansk will also provide the city with new public infrastructure. A new transfer hub will be located on the overpass on Armii Krajowej Avenue, integrating bus, tram and rail services. Targ Rakowy will be rebuilt as a pedestrian passageway. Nowe Podwale Grodzkie will be created as a new street running underneath the buildings of Forum Gdansk, and the neighbouring crossroads will be modernized. A public square, designed as an attractive space to meet and relax, will be included in the complex. The banks of the Radunia canal will be revitalized and covered with a glass roof.