In the years to come Katowice will face an extraordinary revamp if plans come true. The City’s downtown is waiting for the famous redevelopment and it seems to be the highest time. A number of other public and private investments and its estimated costs allow to expect the City will undergo the biggest changes in years. The most capital intensive and striking will undoubtedly be the two undertakings – the joint venture’s project of Neinver and Polish State Railways (PKP) as well as a cultural district near the “Spodek” arena with its new seats of the Silesian Museum, the International Convention Center and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. A total cost just of these two projects will amount PLN 2 billion.
The foregoing plans stressed that Katowice would be more competitive in the BPO sector. According to King Sturge, a rising interest of companies in Katowice is becoming noticeable. It may translate into transactions which will encourage developers to start following office project in the City. A size of the Upper Silesian agglomeration and a catchment area give also a chance to further expansion of retail schemes, for example the planned extension of Silesia City Center and a development of the new “Supersam” by CDI.
The attractiveness of the City has been already confirmed by such players as Unilever, Mentor Graphics, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Capgemini, Rockwell Automation, Kroll Ontrack, Steria, Deloitte, Ernst&Young, KPMG, Display Link which operate in Katowice. At present, above 40 000 business units are registered in the City including one thousand with foreign capital.
Having in mind the industrial heritage of Katowice as well as the investment plans, it was all expressed by the logo of European Capital of Culture 2016 campaign – a colourful, living heart symbolizes a transformation of Katowice into a vibrant, modern and the European City.
- Estimated costs and timeframes of the investments which are to reshape the City in coming years – total costs should exceed PLN 2,5 billion:
– Development of the new Railway Station and Galeria Katowicka (Q3 2010 – Q4 2012): PLN 1 billion
– New seat of the Silesian Museum (2010 – 2012): PLN 324 million
– International Convention Center (2011 – 2013): PLN 303 million
– Revitalization of the Roundabout – Market Square area (2011 – 2014): approx. PLN 300 million
– New seat of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2011 – 2013): PLN 260 million
– Scientific Information Center and Academic Library (Q3 2009 – Q3 2012): PLN 80 million
– plus several private investments which should kick off in the nearest future