It is not known when the Vistula Boulevards will be built/completed. The investment was completely cut out from next year’s budget. Even design work was suspended, which, according to architects, can bring fatal results. – If we could now determine certain things, maybe we would save several million zlotys. – says Szczepan Wroński.
The situation of Vistula Boulevards is not good. Already in August the town hall suggested that due to the tight budget the investment would be postponed. Now it has been cut completely from next year’s budget. The spectacular design of the WXCA studio was selected in 2017. Design works have not been taking place for a long time because there are still no detailed decisions of the town hall in this matter. Unfortunately, but in the case of the Boulevards, the decision can be fatal.
Even if this year there is no money for this investment, this should not be the end of the project. You should now plan, think about and prepare for later stage construction. I see in this overall design process a chance that it won’t cost more than it has to.says Szczepan Wroński from the WXCA studio
– I have some concerns about even parallel design of the reconstruction of the cross-city line. If we could now determine certain things, maybe we would save several million zlotys. Then rebuilding the cross-city line or making changes will be very expensive – he adds.
In view of the budget problems that will continue in the coming years, the question arises whether the Boulevards will be built at all? One of the suggestions is cost cutting. How would this translate into the investment itself?
– First of all, you can separate the boulevard itself and break it down into at least three fragments. However, for the space to fulfill its functions, it is necessary to design the complete picture, which I have already mentioned. To avoid the situation that when we start expanding the boulevards, the contact points of individual sections will not match. Of course, everything can be adjusted later, but it generates costs – explains Wroński.
He also adds that each element of the concept can be treated as a separate investment. In this way, you can start work with the most needed elements, e.g. from the congress center, and then put expand on the work later, even years later.
– I assume that with only 10 million zlotys we are able to do something that will be a good-looking piece on the way to the whole three piece completed project – he explains.