Half-year break in works on ICC

The construction work on the International Convention Center (ICC) will be suspended for approximately six months. The interruption is a consequence of denouncement of the contract between the investor – City Hall of Katowice and Polimex-Mostostal, the prime contractor of the building.

The construction site of the International Convention Center on 28th of September 2012, photo by Sławomir Rybok
28th of September 2012, the construction site of the International Convention Center after 11 months of works, photo by Sławomir Rybok

The construction site was handed over to Polimex-Mostostal over 11 months ago, on 19th of October 2011. Two weeks ago (on 20th of September) the City Hall withdrew from the contract with Polimex-Mostostal as a result of inadequate performance of the financial and practical schedule, and delay of the construction work on the ICC by the contractor.

According to the Polish Press Agency, the Katowice mayor, Piotr Uszok, informed today that the City makes efforts to complete the project under the financial support of the European Union (half of the qualified costs are covered by the EU’s funds). The EU requires the building has to be built and delivered within a strict schedule and deadline. If the project does not meet the deadline, the financial support may be refused.

Now, the City Hall is going to issue a new tender for a building company that will conclude the works. “If nothing unpredictable happens, a new prime contractor will be chosen by the end of first quarter 2013” – Piotr Uszok said. The mayor announced that one of conditions to be fulfilled by the building company will be a three-shift system of works to accelerate the construction.

Piotr Uszok appreciated the meaning of the International Convention Center for the business and scientific branches and pointed out the growing demand in the area of business tourism in Katowice.

Works on the two other buildings being currently erected in the area of the so called cultural district – the new seats of Silesian Museum and National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra – are conducted according to schedules.