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Warsaw. Works on Defilad Square, central square delayed

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Construction works in the central part of Plac Defilad continue. The new, greener and less concrete space was to be handed over to residents in the fall of this year, together with the Museum of Modern Art. However, this will not happen.

The reconstruction of the central part of Defilad Square has started in June last year. According to the first assumptions, the works were to last a year and be completed in July 2024, while residents were to enjoy the new space from September. But one look at the excavated construction site is enough to understand that this deadline is unattainable.

What delayed the work on Defilad Square?

We asked the Municipal Roads Authority what was causing the delay in the works.

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– Already in early spring, we indicated that the square would be opened in spring 2025. There are two reasons. First, archaeological work. We decided to include them in the schedule last year, because for many years there will probably be no better opportunity to explore this part of old Warsaw, which after the war was covered with rubble from this quarter, the Palace of Culture. The work lasted several months, has already ended, we recently presented the excavations – explains ZDM spokesman Jakub Dybalski. He emphasizes: – It was an easier decision because we do not work on a communication route here and do not cause any transport difficulties.

The second reason is the occupation of part of the construction site by the facilities of another investment being built nearby – Museum of Modern Art. Its opening is scheduled for October. – The contractor of this investment is slowly leaving the area and in the coming weeks he should be fully at our disposal – emphasizes Dybalski.

The road construction spokesman explains that several different projects are underway at the square. – The contractor has built the last of the four retention tanks, and will slowly be able to create the floor of the square. Demolition works of the stand are also underway (it will be reconstructed – editor), which is carried out by the city's Road Renovation and Maintenance Department. The same municipal unit is preparing for work related to tunnel under Marszałkowskawhich is possible thanks to the release of land by the contractor MSN – sums up Dybalski.

Souvenirs under a demolished quarter of the city

Central Square is the informal name of the central part of Defilad Square, in the axis of Złota Street. There will be less concrete and asphalt on it. They will be replaced by over 100 new trees, and there will also be lawns and a pond. The irregular arrangement of sidewalks reproduces the grid of ancient streets and the outline of buildings. This is a nod to history – after World War II, the Art Nouveau tenement houses and their remains were demolished to make way for the Palace of Culture and Science. During the work, after the surface was torn up, they remembered each other.

In March This year, Varsavianist Ryszard Mączewski reported that during archaeological works, among others, buttons in the basement of a former tailoring material warehouse, bottles of cosmetics and medicines, an interesting collection of 19th-century coins.

– The history of this place begins in the mid-19th century, when the Warsaw-Vienna Railway station was built nearby. He is the incentive to develop this part of the city. To the west of Marszałkowska, numerous tenement houses are being built, on the ground floors of these tenement houses there are many shops, service premises and bars. This is a living part of the city – said Mączewski then.

The author of the project is the AA Collective studio, and the contractor is the Balzola company.

Main photo source: Olek Klekocki / tvnwarszawa.pl

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