The underground section of ICE Kraków completed!
Another stage in the construction of the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, and the most difficult one at that, has been successfully completed. Yesterday, on the 25th of September, the construction site of the major investment in Krakow was visited by Mayor Jacek Majchrowski. ICE Kraków will have a surface area of more than 36,000 m² , three main rooms: an Auditorium Room able to hold 2,092 people, a Theatre Room for 600 people, and a Chamber Room for another 300, as well as a spacious multi-purpose foyer adapted to host exhibitions, sponsors' stands and displays. It will also boast an excellent location in the very heart of Krakow.
Even though ICE Krakow is not scheduled to open before the autumn of 2014, the building has already begun to draw wide attention as a prime venue for congress events. Three reservations have now been made for 2015 by entities from the medical and the agricultural industry. Another event scheduled to take place at the ICE Congress Centre in 2015 is the next local edition of the prestigious TEDx conference, the platform for exchanging thoughts and ideas in the fields of science, innovation, business, culture and art.
The centre's popularity stems from its intensive promotion at European and world industry fairs. – The ICE Krakow Congress Centre will host cultural events and congresses. We are hoping for more of the latter, so that the building can earn money for its upkeep – explains Izabela Helbin, director of the Krakow Festival Office, the entity in charge of operating ICE Kraków. – At the moment, we are promoting it at two major meetings industry fairs – the IMEX in Frankfurt and the EIBTM in Barcelona. Thanks to an EU grant for the promotion of Malopolska, we will also be present at several smaller events, such as the Confex in London, the Meedex in Paris, and the EMIF in Brussels. We are also going to present Krakow and the Malopolska Region in Oslo and Stockholm.
Let us recall that the construction of ICE Kraków started in October 2010 with the building of a 401 m long and 80-100 cm thick diaphragm wall. Built by Warbud SA, it formed the side wall of the underground section of the building, which functions an impermeable barrier against groundwater. At this construction stage, the contractor also removed existing ground fixtures, reinforced the escarpments, and drained the building site.
The second stage of construction, carried out by Budimex S.A. and Ferrovial Agroman S.A., started in the autumn of last year. By the end of 2011, the diaphragm wall was stabilised with 194 ground anchors and successively uncovered to the planned bottom level located at the depth of -9,50 m. The ground for the foundation slab was then reinforced with 1519 reinforced concrete stilts (each from 12 to 14 m long), the concrete was poured, and the entire surface and stilt heads were insulated.
Once the ground was prepared, works started on the foundation slab, which was finished in September. Currently, the diaphragm wall, the groundwater level and the impact of the construction on neighbouring structures are being continually monitored. The works are being carried out under archaeological supervision.
The gross cost of the second construction stage, commissioned to Budimex S.A. and Ferrovial Agroman S.A., was estimated at approximately PLN 317 million. The investment received an EU subsidy of PLN 80 million in the framework of the Malopolska Regional Operational Programme for 2007-2013. The construction is scheduled to be complete in the third quarter of 2014. This means that the largest concert and congress venue in the region will be commissioned for use in just two years.