The Czech Republic has the most industrial areas in Central and Eastern Europe


The Czech Republic has the most industrial and logistics areas per 1,000 inhabitants of all countries in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region. At the same time, it has the lowest vacancy rate, according to an analysis by the real estate consulting company Cushman & Wakefield. According to the interviewed experts from various sectors, this may prove the attractiveness of the Czech environment for investors, but concrete construction also has a negative impact on the local environment.

The opinions of municipalities differ in this regard. On the one hand, according to the Union of Towns and Municipalities (SMO), construction can bring new job opportunities to the area, but at the same time it can reduce local air quality, transport and infrastructure.

By the end of 2023, the total area of ​​industrial and logistics space in the Central and Eastern Europe region was almost 61.5 million square meters. The Czech Republic accounts for 19 percent of this area, i.e. 11.7 million square meters. According to Cushman & Wakefield’s analysis, the Czech Republic has 1,104 square meters of these areas per 1,000 inhabitants, the most in the entire region.

According to the president of the Association for the Development of the Real Estate Market, Zdenka Klapalová, the Czech Republic was, is and will be an attractive location for the placement of demands related not only to the automotive industry, which dominates the local market. However, he acknowledges that their construction in the Czech Republic must become more efficient and that new areas are not necessarily needed.

“From the point of view of business and investment opportunities associated with growing increased demand, we should continue to focus intensively on ensuring the readiness of new projects. But we don’t always have to build on topsoil with first- or second-class bonito. We can focus on the revitalization of industrial buildings in attractive locations with good accessibility for the workforce and adequate infrastructure,” added Klapalová.

Eliška Vozníková, the head of the Landscape program in the Duha environmental movement, partially agreed with her in this regard. According to her, the task of the state is to ensure that the construction of new halls does not take place on the highest quality land, as is the case so far. At the same time, according to her, it is essential that new and existing campuses support innovation and sustainable technologies.

“Soil that is covered with concrete is permanently lost for cultivation, water absorption and any other ecological function. In addition, there is the question of the external impacts of buildings, which themselves produce emissions and waste and will use current or need new transport routes. It is essential that developers respect the laws, do not try to circumvent them and communicate with local residents,” said Vozníková.

According to SMO, the attitude of Czech cities and municipalities to the construction of industrial parks may differ. Some may see the construction of industrial parks as an opportunity to create new jobs, promote economic development and attract investment, according to union spokeswoman Alexandra Kocková. On the other hand, there are cities and municipalities that may be concerned about the negative impacts of construction and may fear the loss of agricultural land, an increase in the traffic load, or an unbearable burden on local civic amenities.

The article is in Czech

Tags: Czech Republic industrial areas Central Eastern Europe


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