Katowice wants to have the biggest water park in Poland

The City Hall of Katowice prepares to issue the second administrative proceeding to choose a private partner for development of a water park. It is planned to deliver the investment through the use of public-private partnership (PPP).

The former proceeding was canceled last year by the reason of formal requirements, despite Berndorf Bäderbau – a swimming pools manufacturer – had submitted an offer to build the water park.

This time, the City Hall wants to execute the PPP partnership by the formation of a capital company together with a chosen private firm. Previously, the municipality planned to grant a concession for the investor.

This type of solution enables to reduce investors’ risk what will should a positive impact on their interest in the proceeding. According to „Puls Biznesu”, the Katowice’s water park would be the biggest one in Poland. Cost of the undertaking is estimated at approximately PLN 150 million.

The first procedure for development of the water park was commenced in 2009, when the City Hall invited to submit applications. In 2010, three companies had made applications and were qualified for negotiations. Except Berndorf Bäderbau, there were Miastoprojekt Wrocław and LEO11. The last step was to issue a request for a final offers submission sent to the three companies. Only Berndorf Bäderbau had decided to apply for the contract, however the both parties – public and private partners – dissolved the dealing later on.

Jakub Jarząbek, head of the municipality’s press department, confirms the project and says that conclusions of the former unfinished deal were consulted – „The City Hall is already being advised by the consortium of two law agencies in this procedure and we are going to issue the proceeding this autumn”.

If erected, the water park will be located on a 9,6ha plot between Ceglana, Tadeusza Kościuszki and Alfonsa Zgrzebnioka Streets.