ICE Krakow is growing
Taking advantage of the favourable weather conditions, works on the construction of the ICE Krakow Congress Centre are still progressing. Currently, the foundations are being reinforced, which means that preparations are being made to sink the foundation piles at the bottom of the excavation and to lay a bottom slab.
In mid-December, the previously completed diaphragm wall started to be uncovered, so that special steel braces could be installed to stabilise the foundations. This stage of construction should be completed by the middle of January. Later, foundation piles will be installed and the bottom slab will be formed. The concrete structure, planned to be supported by ca. 1,400 piles, will constitute the bottom of the building. It will support the two underground levels and four regular storeys of the Centre.
Financially speaking, the second and final construction stage of the Congress Centre will cost 317 million PLN. The contractor is the Polish-Spanish consortium of Budimex SA from Warsaw and Ferrovial Agroman SA from Madrid, bid-winners in the tender procedure. In line with the agreement, the ICE Krakow Congress Centre should be ready for commissioning after 35 months of construction works, i.e. in the third quarter of 2014. The project is co-financed by the European Union as part of the Małopolska Regional Operation Programme for 2007-2013.
The impressive building at the Rondo Grunwaldzkie roundabout, with its characteristic glazed facade on the Skałka Church/Wawel Castle side, will be a venue for congresses and concerts, meeting the requirements of international congress organisations and the highest acoustic and show mechanics standards. The Congress Centre was designed by K. Ingarden, J. Ewý Architekci Sp. z o.o. and Arata Isozaki & Associates.
At the same time, the road system within the Rondo Grunwaldzkie roundabout will be revamped. The unused space will be developed; new streets will be built, as well as some smaller roads with car parks and a square for broadcast vehicles. A new bus and coach terminal will also be built, replacing the old terminus at the junction of ul. Monte Cassino and ul. Konopnickiej.