Waiting for contract signing

On 17th of December 2010, the Silesian Museum announced the name of prime contractor for the new Museum’s seat. The best offer estimated at PLN 206 million was filed by the consortium of Budimex S.A. (the leader) and Ferrovial Agroman S.A. The final step to launch construction works is to sign the contract with the chosen consortium. To do so, last conditions have to be fulfilled.

According to the procedure, companies tendering for the contract had 10 days (since 17th of December) to file a bid protest. No protest was filed within the formal period. Thereby, the decision concerning the chosen consortium became valid.

However, to sign the contract the tender procedure needs to be approved by the Public Procurement Office (PPC) in Warsaw. On 5th of January 2011, the Silesian Museum sent necessary documents to the Office. According to regulations, the PPC has up to 30 days for the final decision.

Another essential condition that must be fulfilled in order to sign the contract is a decision of the European Commission (EC). The institution decides about the funds admission for the project – a PLN 225 million grant. Whilst the Museum already signed a financial agreement with the Marshall Office of Silesian Voivodeship (within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013), but the EC’s decision is necessary to sign the contract in view of the project’s scale.

As the construction works will take 20 months, the new Silesian Museum is scheduled for opening by the end of 2012.