Mostostal Zabrze contracted to build new seat of WRiTV

On Wednesday, the University of Silesia signed a contract with Mostostal Zabrze for the realization of construction works on the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty’s new seat (WRiTV). The company will have 18 months to erect the building.

© BAAS Architects and Grupa 5 Architekci; new seat of the Radio and Television Faculty
© BAAS Architects and Grupa 5 Architekci; new seat of the Radio and Television Faculty

The contract worth amounts to PLN 26,8 million. The construction work will be carried out by Mostostal Zabrze „Gliwickie Przedsiębiorstwo Budownictwa Przemysłowego S.A.”, a Mostostal subsidiary. According to the contract, the company will have to deliver the building by 16th of January 2016. Most of the investment budget – PLN 32,9 million – will be covered by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The architectural concept of the building was chosen out of 39 projects filed within an international contest in 2011. The winner – „Grupa 5 Architekci” from Warsaw and the Barcelona’s BAAS Architects – designed the 5 390 sq. meters four-storey facility that fills the site and opens up to create a large central courtyard, which becomes the meeting point for students. The „Małeccy Biuro Projektowe” from Katowice joined the designing team later on and was involved in the work on the permit and executive design.

A former two-storey transformer station, which is situated at the site, will become part of the new building. The university initially planned to demolish the station. „Our winning proposal plans to preserve this existing building and adds an extension to it while protecting the character of the old. Our design aims to be sensitive with the existing building aesthetics and takes advantage of its materiality and visual values by building on top of it and abstract volume made out of a brick latticework, which follows the neighbour’s section” – BAAS Architects explain at their website.

The main part of the faculty’s new seat will be a film and television studio covering the area of 200 sq. meters as well as a projection room for about 150 spectators. Production and edit rooms were designed above. The preserved building will be adapted for the needs of a two-storey library. Also, there will be an underground car park.

The WRiTV’s new facility will be built in the City center at 3 św. Pawła St. The plot was granted to the university by the City Hall of Katowice in 2011. The faculty will move to the new seat from its present premises located at the border of Katowice and Siemianowice Śląskie.

The parent company or subsidiaries of Mostostal Zabrze were responsible of such construction projects as the fabrication, supply, erection and technical acceptance of the external facade of the Green Point Stadium 2010 in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa; roof covering and necessary technical infrastructure of the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów; fabrication and erection of the whole roofing structure with roof covering and complete fabrication and erection of the facade membrane” of the National Stadium in Warsaw; construction of „Altus” – the tallest building in Katowice.