Warsaw Spire brings home the big prize for Poland at MIPIM

It was a packed auditorium as I settled in my seat up towards the front, in the middle. There was a lot of excited but nervous chatter, as nominees and their supporters assessed one more time their chances of winning and wished each other a last ‘good luck’. There was a strong feeling of anticipation, but the vibes were good. As the winners were announced, pockets of the room erupted in celebration and applause as their local heroes (talking strictly in a real estate context here) went up on stage to collect their awards.

When it came to the ‘Best Office and Business Development’ category, the jury member who announced the winner, architect Guy Perry, started by saying ‘a city close to my heart’, and then he announced that Ghelamco’s Warsaw Spire had got the prize, and a significant portion of the audience showed their unrestrained delight. A large part of the Ghelamco team piled onto the stage and celebrated unreservedly.

After the ceremony, I caught up with Jeroen van der Toolen, CEO of Ghelamco in Poland, on the street as he hurried towards a victory party, and he had this to say: “I’m unbelievably happy because Poland won for the first time for the best office building world-wide. We have a fantastic team, thank you very much for voting. We won the jury vote and the public vote, which is very nice and now I’m going to celebrate.”

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