ICE Kraków visited by Mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski and Polish Deputy Jerzy Fedorowicz
On 9 December 2013, Jacek Majchrowski the Mayor of the City of Krakow visited the construction site of the IICE Kraków Congress Centre. The project implementation progress was also witnessed by Sejm Deputy Jerzy Fedorowicz. "This facility will allow Krakow to join the ranks of cities hosting huge artistic events," commented the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Culture and Media in the Polish Sejm.
The ICE Kraków Congress Centre construction works began at the end of 2010. "At present, the construction works have been completed and the building is in its raw state. Ceramic plates, which are red, black and two shades of grey, are currently being mounted on the exterior elevation. Works on the inside of the building are continuing as well," said Anna Biziorek, the Manager of the Congress Centre Project. Approximately 300 people work in two shifts at the construction site near the Grunwaldzkie roundabout. "The facility is very interesting, but not easy to construct. This is due to more than the imaginative design which envisions the roof in the shape of a wave. High groundwater levels also posed a significant difficulty at the initial stages of construction," said Anna Biziorek. She then went on to emphasize the fact that the project is being implemented according to the schedule which assumes that the building will be commissioned in the autumn of 2014.
"Without this facility it would be hard to imagine the development of culture and tourism in Kraków today," commented Jacek Majchrowski, the Mayor of the City of Krakow. Sejm Deputy Jerzy Fedorowicz claims that this project will allow Krakow to become a host to great cultural events, similarly to other well-known cities. "We have been waiting many years for a facility such as this one. I am particularly impressed with the auditorium hall, which has been constructed in a manner which allows the audience to be close to the artist," said the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Culture and Media in the Polish Sejm. He also declared his support for the promotion of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre as a potential host to significant cultural events.
It should be noted that the ICE Krakow Congress Centre has already piqued the interest of major congress operators. The 2015 calendar is already filled with events. Congresses of large international associations, corporate conferences, and cultural events organised by prominent Polish concert agencies have been scheduled. Queries and bookings for the year 2016 have begun as well.
The ICE Kraków Congress Centre will cost a total of PLN 360 million and constitutes a part of a project co-financed by the European Union under the Malopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007–2013. The subsidy amount is EUR 20 million (approximately PLN 80 million and 392 thousand).
The architectural design has been created by a team of designers at Ingarden & Ewy Architekci from Krakow and Arata Isozaki & Associates from Tokyo. The project is being implemented by the Budimex S.A. and Ferrovial Agroman S.A. consortium.
The facility is operated by the Krakow Festival Office.
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