ArtN, an SPV of the Capital Park Group, has chosen the main contractor of the project consisting of revitalization works of the former Norblin factory in the Warsaw district of Wola. Warbud SA will be responsible for conducting the essential scope of works and for coordination of the whole construction process. The works, with a total value of over PLN 500 million, will be carried out by Warbud in cooperation with Soletanche Polska, TKT Engineering and Maat4. The initial preparation works at the construction site began in mid-November 2017, and the completion of the whole investment project is planned for Q4 2020.
The scope of works within the investment has been divided among four companies. Warbud SA has been chosen as the main contractor that will be responsible for completion of all the structural works, construction and fit out works, as well as development of the project’s surroundings and accompanying works. As the project is led in the “design & build” system, Warbud SA will be also in charge of preparing a multi-discipline working design for the whole investment project, and also for coordinating the works of the other contractors. Moreover, the company will be responsible for completing the procedure of obtaining an occupancy permit for the project.
“I am very glad that Capital Park placed their trust in Warbud, entrusting us with implementation of such a demanding investment project. For us, this is a next new challenge, but also the culmination of many years of our work, during which we gained unique knowledge and experience. I assure that we will put all the efforts to duly complete this assignment, holding the highest quality and technology standards, and meeting the Investor’s requirements,” said Wojciech Gerber, the management board member of Warbud SA.
Construction works that have started in November 2017 at the site of Art N consist of securing the existing buildings, and also dismantling and transporting machines and other elements intended for re-use in the investment project after their restoration. At the same time, since December 2017, the company Soletanche Polska began its operations at the construction site, being in charge of implementing specialized foundation works, construction of diaphragm walls, barrettes and jet-grouting (in other words: high-pressure injections of cement paste into the soil).
Planned completion of this stage of works is estimated for Q4 2018. The other companies that will participate in the implementation of ArtN project are: Maat4, which will deliver internal electrical and tele-technical installations, and TKT Engineering, which will develop internal sanitary and mechanical installations. The completion of the whole works is planned for Q4 2020.
“Due to the historical character of the area, and the fact that there are a lot of complicated processes to be carried out there – such as moving completely one of the historical buildings, or adapting the existing historical site into a newly designed part of the investment in a way that will combine multiple utility functions of the project – we were looking for partners who will be able to carry out the execution phase of the works comprehensively, and who are experienced with carrying out such demanding projects,” said Sylwia Filewicz, Head of Development & Construction at Capital Park Group. “We are now advancing with the works according to the planned time schedule, so that in less than 3 years from now we will be able to open this public and commercial space of an unprecedented quality for visitors,” she added.
ArtN is an innovative mixed-use concept, based on revitalization of a historical area, formerly being the Buch Brothers and T. Werner Norblin Factory, located in the heart of the Wola district in Warsaw, among Prosta, Łucka and Żelazna Streets. The company PRC Architekci (under the guidance of Igor Galas) is responsible for comprehensive preparation of the detailed design. The final project includes revitalization of 9 heritage buildings, 2 historical buildings and 44 machines and appliances from the former Norblin factory. The whole area of ArtN will be a public space, available for visitors round the clock. ArtN will be a 9-storey complex, with additional 4 underground storeys. The renovated site, on the plot with an area of 2 ha, will accommodate over 64,000 sqm of usable area, including 40,000 sqm of office space and 24,000 sqm of space designed for leisure, services, retail and culture. Within this space, customers will find such operators, as a modern theatre, a cinema and BioBazar – the first and the only Polish certified food market with organic food and eco products. The main attraction of the project, directly related to the heritage of the place, will be the Open Museum of the Former Norblin Factory, which will hold such exhibitions as unique collections of plated goods or renovated historical machines.
Capital Park Group is the investor and initiator of revitalization of the former Norblin factory. The project is financed from the investor’s own resources and from the bank credit granted by Pekao SA. The buildings within the ArtN complex will be equipped with a number of eco-friendly solutions – owing to which, in the design phase, they were pre-certified with BREEAM “Very Good” rating.