Work is progressing on the Ratusz Wilanów building again, 12 years after the construction was originally launched. The cost of completing the structure has been estimated at some zł.43-47 million.
The investor behind the project is MPRO, an entity owned by the city of Warsaw, which is primarily responsible for maintaining green spaces in the city and has been active as a developer since 1997. The general contractor for the project is Henpol.
The cost of completing Ratusz Wilanów is estimated at zł.43-47 million
Courtesy of Ratusz Wilanów
“The construction work is moving forward very well. ... The building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014,” Elwira Wiechecka, a spokes-person for the Wilanów’s district, told Lokale Immobilia.
The building will serve as the new seat for the authorities of Warsaw’s Wilanów district. Its construction originally started in 2001, with Turkey-based developer Deniz behind it. The investor was to finance the entire project in exchange for a plot of land for development it was going to receive from the Wilanów district. A year into the construction, however, the developer ran out of cash and the scheme remained unfinished for over a decade.
“The enormous delay in the construction of Ratusz Wilanów was caused by financial problems,” Ms Wiechecka said. “There was never a good time to complete the construction. At first, the district was developing rapidly and other investments had to be prioritized. Then the crisis in public finances came.”
Once the Wilanów district regained ownership of the unfinished scheme, it decided to move forward with the project. After checking the building’s structural integrity, Ratusz Wilanów hired architectural studio Kuryłowicz & Associates, the original designer of the project, to outfit the project with various green solutions.
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