European Week of Sustainable Development: Carsharing, bicycles and a new intersection in Olivia Business Centre

The time and ease of getting to work is one of the most important things that determine employee satisfaction. Therefore, Olivia Business Centre is investing in further facilitation of access to office buildings in the business district in Gdańsk Oliwa. Infrastructure for cyclists and a car-sharing service are being developed. From 16 August, Olivia Business Centre can also be reached from Grunwaldzka Avenue via a new intersection.


It’s worth living in Oliwa

The Oliwa district of Gdańsk is very important for the economic development of the entire Tri-City. The Campus of the University of Gdansk, modern office buildings employing thousands of people, shopping malls and many newly built apartments are located here. The district is very well connected. Oliwa can be reached by SKM (Fast Urban Railway – an above-ground metro connecting the cities of the Tri-City agglomeration), PKM (Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway), tram or bus. If you are travelling by car, you will be able to use al. Grunwaldzka, the main thoroughfare of the Tri-City.

“Living in the city centre has many advantages. Such a location is particularly popular among young people who want easy access not only to work, but also to the cinema or shopping. Over the last year, the prices of flats in Oliwa alone have increased by an average of 2.5%. We expect that the upward trend will continue in the coming years, mainly due to the proximity to the expanding office centres and the Campus of the University of Gdańsk. Apartments in this area are often bought for investment purposes, i.e. for rent. This has been noticed by various developers who are building thousands of apartments in Oliwa and in the neighbouring districts – says property appraiser Krzysztof Płachta.Bikes

The area on which Olivia Business Centre is located is the best-connected plot in Oliwa. After all, comfortable access was one of the reasons why the famous Olivia Hall was built in this place. According to a report prepared for the British Council for Employees (BCO)[1] by the international consulting firm Savills, the time it takes to get to the place of employment has a great impact on employee satisfaction with their work. More than 50% of all people surveyed, including 65% of 25-34 year olds, cited the city centre as the best place to work.

Two or four wheels? Eco-friendly commuting

According to a report prepared for the British Council for Employees (BCO) by the international consulting firm Savills, the time it takes to get to the place of employment has a great impact on employee satisfaction with their job. More than 50% of all people surveyed, including 65% of 25-34 year olds, cited the city centre as the best place to work.

The advantage of working in the city centre is the short commute time to the office, which, according to a report for BCO, turned out to be the most important for as many as 86% of respondents. Therefore, the bicycle is increasingly chosen as a means of transport. This method is used by more and more people out of the total of several hundred thousand inhabitants of Oliwa and the surrounding districts: Wrzeszcz, Zaspa, Przymorze, Jelitkowo or Morena.

Being able to commute to work by bike is a great comfort. Traveling by bike means better health, saving money and often time. Cyclists benefit from an impressive and constantly expanding infrastructure in our centre. In Olivia Business Centre there are approx. 500 parking spaces for cyclists and 5 large changing rooms, each with showers. We also regularly increase the number of lockers and bicycle racks in underground car parks. For those who choose two wheels instead of four, there are surprises waiting for them, such as fresh apples in the locker room. However, this is not the end, as we are planning further actions in this area – says Wojciech Walania, President of the Management Board of Olivia Serwis, the company responsible for the management of Olivia Business Centre.

carsharing-in-obcCarsharing , on the other hand, is a short-term rental of passenger cars. This solution is attractive for people who use the vehicle occasionally. The car-sharing service in the centre is being introduced by Enspirion sp. z o.o. (ENERGA Group) together with Olivia Business Centre. All available cars will be eco-friendly electric cars. In August 2016, a two-day, publicly accessible test drive was held. The service is scheduled to be introduced later this year. What’s more, Olivia Business Centre is home to one of several electric car charging points in the Tri-City.



Shorter journey to Olivia Business Centre

In August 2016, a new intersection on Grunwaldzka Avenue was put into use. Two lanes lead directly towards Sopot and Gdynia.

This is another investment of Olivia Business Centre in the development of local infrastructure. In December 2014, we built a U-turn lane on al. Grunwaldzka Street in the direction of Wrzeszcz, which significantly improved communication in Oliwa by improving the flow of traffic at the intersection with ul. Derdowski. We want the traffic around Olivia Business Centre to run smoothly and safely. The new intersection will reduce the time it takes to get to and from the city centre – adds Wojciech Walania.



About Olivia Business Centre

Over 110 companies work in Olivia Business Centre, including m.in Allianz, Amazon, Bayer, Energa, Epam, Generali, Hays, PwC, Sii, T-Mobile and thyssenkrupp, as well as the Pomerania Development Agency. Olivia Business Centre has also prepared an offer for small and medium-sized enterprises, non-governmental organisations and start-ups. The centre has been expanding steadily since 2010 at the rate of one building per year. In June 2016, the cornerstone for the Olivia Star skyscraper was ceremoniously laid.

electric-car-charging-pointEverything in place

From the very beginning, one of the main assumptions of Olivia Business Centre in Gdańsk Oliwa was multifunctionality. The centre’s team takes care of the work-life balance of all those who work here: the 3 conference centres available on site regularly organise business, educational, cultural and sporting events.

There are already 6 operators in Olivia Business Centre: Starbucks, Gorąco Polecam Nowakowski, Lobster Restaurant (fresh lobsters and shrimps, m.in.), Koku Sushi, Five Restaurant and One Minute shop.


Health and Beauty is a Medicover medical centre with a pharmacy, a P. Roccialli beauty salon, a two-storey CityFit fitness club and an exclusive Cafardini tailor salon.

The children are the White Kitten Kindergarten and the Thinking Zone Junior High School.

Accounting and financial services include 4 banks (PKO Bank Polish, Noble Bank, Alior Bank, Idea Bank), Tax Care, Open Finance, as well as 2 ATMs.

Other services offered by Olivia Business Centre include the Energa Salon (BOK), the Talent Development Centre (a branch of the Labour Office), a notary, a laundry, a parcel locker, and even a car wash with the option of leaving the car in any parking lot and the keys at the reception desk of any building.

[1] Crowd. “The UK Council for Offices”

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