On 25th of May, the European Commission (EC) made a positive decision on the project of the Silesian Museum’s new seat and decided about fund admission for one of the biggest investments in the Upper Silesia region.
A verification process of the project’s application was started by the EC a one year ago, in May 2010. The procedure was including an estimation of the project’s documentation, its foundations and goals of the investment.
The new seat of Silesian Museum will be financed within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme of the Silesian Voivodeship for the years 2007 – 2013. A total budget of the project is estimated at PLN 324 million. 85% of the qualified costs will be financed by the European Union funds.
In practice, the decision made by the European Commission means that the Silesian Museum can finally sign a contract with a prime contractor chosen in December 2010 – the Polish-Spanish consortium of Budimex S.A. (Warsaw) and Ferrovial Agroman S.A. (Madrid).
“We are going to sign the contract with the prime contractor on 7th of June. The groundbreaking is planned for the first days of July according to a preliminary schedule” – says Leszek Jodliński, Director of the Silesian Museum. Meanwhile, a preparatory work is being concluded at the construction site. It includes demolishment of existing buildings, moving of groundwater’s main sewer, preparatory work for development of internal fire-extinguishing road and completion of concrete retaining walls.
The new Silesian Museum’s seat will be located in the 2,7ha south-central part of the former “Katowice” coal mine area. The building will be situated mostly under the ground. The Riegler Riewe Architekten studio from Graz is responsible for the architectural design of the project.
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