Representatives of the City Hall of Katowice and Warbud SA signed today a contract for works on the new venue of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (NPRSO). The agreement worth gross PLN 234,9 million will have to be fulfilled in 20 months.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Minister of Regional Development, and City authorities. “This project is being developed to create a suitable place for the best symphony orchestra in Poland. Though, it will not only be a concert hall, but also a place for teaching music, workshops and meetings with children. We will have the best Poland’s concert hall acoustically” – the Minister said.
The building will be raised by the consortium of Warbud SA (the leader), Przedsiębiorstwo Wielobranżowe „EBUD” – Przemysłówka Sp. z o. o. and LTT Sp. z o. o. The consortium was chosen from amongst six tendering bidders in a two-staged limited tender procedure.
“The construction site will be handed over to our company in about two weeks. It is planned to use four tower cranes to raise the building, approximately 200 carpenters and steel fixers will be involved in the construction work. However, the number will increase to almost 500 during the outfitting works” – said Grzegorz Chudzik, Board Member of Warbud SA.
The project is co-financed by the European Union funds within the European Regional Development Funds’ Regional Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. A total estimated cost of the project is PLN 265 million. The grant aid is PLN 122,2 million. PLN 142,8 million is the own contribution of the City Hall.
The architectural project was prepared by Konior Studio. Nagata Acoustics from Japan is responsible for the acoustics of the grand hall for 1 672 spectators. A total area of the facility exceeds 35 000 sq. meters. The new seat will consist of one underground and four ground levels. Additionally, the building will house 116 rooms where the Orchestra’s main functions will be performed, a small-audience hall with 300 seats and a recording studio. The project also features an amphitheater and green areas around the venue.
Warbud SA is one the Poland’s biggest construction companies operating since 1989. It employs about 1 000 people, net sales in 2010 totaled 1 billion 330 million. The firm has completed over 300 building projects.
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