Warsaw authorities have signed a contract for the design of the Polonia sports complex at Konwiktorska Street. According to the vice-president of Warsaw, Renata Kaznowska, the basketball hall initially planned for less than 1,500 seats will be larger, in line with the expectations of the fans.
The value of the signed contract is PLN 13 million net. As part of this amount, the JSK Architekci studio (earlier she won a competition for a concept) will not only prepare the design of the sports complex, but will also oversee its construction. The final draft is to be presented by November 2023 at the latest.
The architects’ task will be to design three facilities: a football stadium for 15.5 thousand fans, a basketball sports hall, a Sports Support Center, and an underground car park with over 700 parking spaces. The design will also include a fountain and a city square with greenery.
– Warsaw will gain a completely new place, in a completely new version, because in addition to the sports base, there will also be a place where Varsovians will be able to spend their time – emphasized the Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski at the ceremony of signing the contract.
The stands in the basketball hall will be bigger
Initially, the sports hall was planned for 1.2-1.3 thousand seats for fans. The community of Black Shirts fans suggested that the hall be enlarged so that the stands could accommodate two thousand people. Then the hall would meet the licensing requirements of the Polish Basketball League to play in the men’s league (and this is the ambition of the recently reactivated section).
– With very strict conservation and architectural conditions, we managed to find these two thousand places – declared Warsaw vice-president Renata Kaznowska during the Tuesday conference. As she added, by the end of January, the town hall is to receive a general post-competition concept, and then a detailed multi-industry concept. – In addition, we obtain a decision on development conditions – said Kaznowska.
The town hall is ready to spend PLN 114 million
Next year is also devoted to the commencement of the acquisition of a company that will take on partial financing of the construction as part of a public-private partnership. At the end of June, we reported that the town hall is ready to allocate 114 million for the investment. The owner of the Polonia Warszawa Football Club, businessman Gregoire Nitot, has already expressed an initial interest in cooperation.
This is what Mariusz Rutz from JSK Architekci, a studio that won the architectural competition in 2019, beating 16 other offices, told about the concept of new facilities: – The stadium is located in a very unusual place, on the border of a park and compact development in Muranów. Our idea was for the stadium to establish a dialogue with the park through its facades, and with the city on the other hand. The historic building will be framed by a compact colonnade that will emphasize its urban character. At the same time, two buildings will be erected on the square, which will emphasize the character of the square, accessible to all. The stadium building will be accessible from all sides.
He emphasized that from the side of the park, the stadium will be a garden pavilion. At Konwiktorska Street, all functional zones will be located: club administration, museum, restaurant.
A new investor in the oldest club
A new investor, Gregoire Nitot, Polonia gained in March last year. Nitot took over a majority stake. He paid off the debts of the Polish football community and announced large investments. The condition was the expansion of the stadium. The city remains the owner of the stadium, the club only rents it out.
Polonia was founded in 1911 and is the oldest existing football club in Warsaw. She played in the league for the last time in the 2012/2013 season. The greatest successes of the Black Shirts include the two-time Polish championship (1946, 2000), three runners-up (1921, 1926, 1998), two triumphs in the Polish Cup (1952, 2001) and one Super Cup (2001).
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