Anniversary of Marine Station

The Marine Station in Gdynia turned 84. Accompanied by jazz music and huge colourful animation, this historical building brought back its history as well as the history of hundreds of thousands of Poles who participated in creating it.

The modern building of the station was opened on 8th December 1933, and it was the place where the largest cruise ships started their journey. Poles departed from here to travel around the world. The biggest Polish ocean liners, such as iconic M.S. Batory, moored here. However, the address Polska Street No. 1 also has a sad chapter in its history. It was through here that many Poles left Poland fleeing the turmoil of war. This is why the Emigration Museum was erected here. Since 2014, through its wide cultural and educational activity, the Museum commemorates the history of Poland and the phenomenon of emigration experienced by numerous generations of Poles. It is a very current topic in the modern times too, which is evidenced by awards granted to the Museum for its exhibitions and the manner of presenting them.
Mariusz Waras, an artist from the Tricity, to celebrate the anniversary of the Marine Station in Gdynia has created an artistic visualisation commemorating its rich history. Thanks to animations, a huge ship entered the modern interiors of the Station. Artistic and visual experience was emphasised by the music performed by Monika Borzym, who presented jazz arrangements of songs from the repertoire of Joni Mitchell.

 

Photo Emigration Museum/ Ewelina Kamińska

Portova. White sail

The construction of a new housing estate in the Sea City – Portova, at the intersection of Węglowa, Wendy and Portowa streets, has begun.

 
The highest building will have 17 floors. From the windows of flats on the upper floors, one will see the unforgettable views of the sea and the Gdynia coast. The investor plans to build approx. 271 apartments. Commercial and service areas will be located on the ground floors of the buildings. Apartments themselves will be varied. The investor has designed apartments the size of which will satisfy everyone. The area of the premises in the building will be from 30 to 127 sq m.

 
Also the architectural outline has been very carefully adapted to the place where the building will be built. The architect of the housing estate, Jacek Droszcz from Studio Kwadrat, emphasized that the design works were preceded by a thorough urban and physiographic analysis of the entire investment area. The structure combines modernist elements of Gdynia with state-of-the-art solutions perfectly composing with the seaside space. – A new element, clearly distinctive in the area, is the designed landmark visible even from the distant perspective of Świętojańska Street. It is a conscious, city-forming action facilitating the sense of direction in the city structure. – adds architect Jacek Droszcz.
The investor ensures that residents can expect numerous attractions. The residents will have at their disposal, among other things, a fitness club with weight and circuit training room, a sauna, a billiard and TV room with an xbox, and a playground for children. A promenade will be located in the north side of the investment. The creators of the housing estate took care to organize a quiet space to relax. In addition to small private gardens, all residents will have access to spacious inner courtyards. The housing estate is also to have its own security and monitoring.
The investor of Portova is Invest Komfort, a real estate developer. The first stage is to be commissioned by the end of 2019. The entire investment is to be completed in December 2020.

New ferry terminal

A new ferry terminal is to be built at the end of the Polish Wharf. Port of Gdynia Authority (PGA) plans to start the construction works in the Spring of 2018. This year, PGA intends to prepare the site for investment and demolish the existing warehouses. The port wants to acquire new ferry carriers and conduct talks with several operators who would moor in Gdynia.

The ferry terminal in Gdynia will be located in an area directly adjacent to the old facility of Marine Station, listed in the register of historical monuments of the Pomerania Province. Ferry passengers arriving in the city would go directly to the center, which is an undoubted advantage of the terminal.

The PGA is planning to operate two-tier ferry transport at one ferry post and passenger traffic services. The passenger traffic will take place from the seaport passenger boarding bridge, connecting the terminal building with the ferry station. Sea ferries with the length of 175 to 245 meters will be allowed to use the terminal. In the area of about 7 hectares will be located parking spaces and platforms for public passenger transport, including: parking spaces for taxis, minibuses, coaches and buses of municipal and private transport, among others, Kiss&Ride parking.

The cost of building a new terminal is estimated at about 150 Million PLN. 60 percent of this amount is to be obtained from the EU funds. The Port Authority plans to complete the investment in 2.5 years.

 

Development of the Nauta neighbourhood

Until 27 November of this year, Gdynia residents are free to submit their comments on the design of the site development plan which includes the areas of Węglowa and Jerzy Waszyngton streets.

 

The site development plan includes an area of 10.36 ha. The southern part of the area is earmarked for residential and service purposes. The remaining area is reserved for urban services, economic administration, as well as services and utilities related to Port Gdynia operations.
The plan also anticipates a further development of the existing road infrastructure. Waszyngtona Street will be developed and extended all the way up to Nowa Węglowa Street, which will become the main transport thoroughfare. It will provide access to the developing areas of the northern part of the City Centre without additional stress on the existing road network. The railway line at the Port of Gdynia will also undergo an overhaul.
– The construction of new transport thoroughfares is not only intended to accelerate the development of the northern part of the Gdynia City Centre, but also to relieve the city centre of transit traffic headed for and from the port and the shipyard – stresses Marek Stępa, the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia.

The design of the site development plan has been opened to public inspection. It is available until the 13th November at the Observatory of Changes InfoBox (Świętojańska Street 30), or online at www.gdynia.pl/plany. On the 23 October, a public debate took place on the main premises of the plan. The premises of the plan were discussed by the staff at the Office for Spatial Planning. Until 27 November, comments on the plan can be submitted to the Office for Spatial Planning of the City of Gdynia (Tadeusza Wendy Street 7/9, 81-341 Gdynia) together with your name (or name of the unit business entity), address of the person or entity submitting the comment and naming the premises the comment pertains to.

The most likely expected date for the Gdynia Councillors to give attention to the document prepared by the planners is the December session.

About Sea City in Munich

Sea City is present at the real estate and investment trade fair in Munich. Gdynia showcases the Sea City and participates in the discussion between representatives of 10 European coastal cities about the role and development of waterfronts.
Invest in Pomerania – it is under this motto that the Pomorze province promotes itself again at the trade fair in Munich (4-6 October 2017). A joint exhibition stall managed by the Pomorze Development Agency is staffed by representatives of Gdynia, Sopot, the Gdańsk Economic Development Agency, Pomeranian Special Economic Zone and the Rumia Invest Park. Gdynia presents a comprehensive investment opportunity in the city, which includes the prestigious Sea City neighbourhood.
Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, the Gdynia deputy mayor who attended the fair, explains how Gdynia attempts to build up its competitive advantage. – What begins to come into prominence are essential details such as a good quality of life. The elements that comprise it include clean air, access to cultural institutions, an efficient transport system and high quality education. Until recently these factors were left out of the real estate investment offers. Today these are the key components while searching for a location for a business and new developments. And what is important, we can guarantee them in Gdynia – adds the deputy mayor.

 
Expo Real in Munich is one of the largest real estate and investment trade fairs, and many consider it to be the most important meeting platform of the B2B kind in Europe.  On the 4th of October in Munich the deputy mayor of Gdynia participated in a prestigious meeting under the heading “Waterfront Cities Network Workshop”. Representatives from 10 European coastal cities – Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Glasgow, Goetheburg, Gdynia, Hamburg, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm discussed the development of modern waterfronts and the role they play within the urban space.

The 95th anniversary of the Port of Gdynia

Ninety five years ago, the Sejm of the Second Polish Republic decided to build a port in an unknown village of Gdynia. Currently, the Port of Gdynia is one of the most important south Baltic marine centres and one of the largest employers in the city.

 
In June 1920, Tadeusz Wenda, Eng. was appointed to find a place for the construction of the port and to draw up its project. He pointed out Gdynia as the most convenient place for the investment. During that time the town was populated by 1.3 thousand residents and there were 132 houses. In Gdynia and in neighbouring villages – Obłuż, Oksyw, Oksywskie Piaski, and Kolibki, 135 people cultivated fishery. They had 6 motor vessels, 10 sailing ships and 103 rowing boats. In 1921 the construction of the port began. At first it was going to be a place for small warships and a port of refuge for fishermen. It was only on 23rd of September 1922 that due to the public pressure, the Sejm adopted the law authorising the government to build a port in Gdynia.
Within several years the port of Gdynia became the largest port in the Baltic and one of the largest ports in Europe. It got ahead, in terms of the volume of trade, such ports as Copenhagen, Bremen, Amsterdam, Genoa, Naples and Trieste. During 95 years of its functioning the port of Gdynia was constantly changing and evolving. In 2005, the 500th million ton of cargo in the postwar history of the port was transshipped. The construction of the estacade and the ramp to load trucks on the upper decks of ferries was completed in the same year. In 2006, side handling in Gdynia Container Terminal was inaugurated.
The Management Board of Morski Port Gdynia announces the further investments. These will include the construction of a new manoeuvring basin and operations concerning a new public port terminal, along with deepening port basins and the newest issue – the External Harbour which in the next ten years will become a great opportunity for the development of the port of Gdynia.

Building permit approved

Governor of Pomerania approved the permit to build Yacht Park residential complex and a marina for 120 boats. In autumn, we will know the investment contractor. The investor has launched the sale of apartments of the 1st stage of the investment.

 
Yacht Park is a prestigious investment situated on the Molo Rybackie (Rybackie Pier) in Gdynia with a view to period sailing ships and modernistic city centre. The project includes the construction of a luxury residential complex with a modern marina and an avenue with boutiques and restaurants. The investment is carried out by Grupa Kapitałowa Polskiego Holdingu Nieruchomości SA.

Yacht Park will consist of six 5-floor multi-family residential buildings located on the area of 6,3 thousand m2. In total, 12,000 m2 of useful floor area will be built as part of the complex, including 135 apartments of the total floor area amounting to 9,600 m2. Premises located on the ground floor of the buildings will be used for commercial and service activity. Among investments carried out within the area of Molo Rybackie (Rybackie Pier), inter alia, a marina for 120 boats will be built.

Until 8 September this year, the investor invites bids of companies wishing to undertake to build the complex. The investment’s completion is planned for 2019.

New face of the Kaszubski Square

The City Centre of Gdynia is changing its face. The City is bringing order to its space, and investors are ready to erect new buildings referring to the present architecture and the location of the city. The Kaszubski Square is also undergoing a transformation. The Square is very popular among the residents of Gdynia, and now it is becoming a very prestigious place.

The area of the Kaszubski Square (including Żeromskiego and Świętego Piotra streets) has become famous in recent years as an area of street art artists’ activity, including works created during successive editions of the Traffic Design Festival. Currently, developers are more and more interested in that area, which borders directly with the Sea City. At the junction of Węglowa, Wendy and Portowa streets, the 17-storey Portova apartment house is to be built until 2020.
Recently, the city has sold another plot located at 23 Św. Piotra Street. It was purchased by the Kwamar company from Koszalin. According to the local zoning plan, a multi-family housing with services-related premises in the ground floor may be erected on that area. A construction of a high rise building of 55 metres, that is of about 18 storeys, will be commenced by yet another investor in the same street this year.

Weekend of Architecture

Lectures and talks, discovering modernist architecture during thematic walks, as well as film screenings – these are the elements of the rich programme of the 7th Weekend of Architecture. One of the lectures will be devoted to the development of the Sea City in Gdynia.

 

The urban layout of the City Centre of Gdynia was recognized as a Historic Monument by the President of Poland in 2016. This highest national distinction is granted to the most important monuments in Poland. The City Centre of Gdynia, as an outstanding achievement of the Polish modernism, joint the elite group of 60 monuments holding that status. The Weekend of Architecture, dedicated to the recognizable style of the city, has already become part of the cultural programme of Gdynia. For three days, lovers and connoisseurs of architecture and design will be able to discover the modernism of Gdynia during thematic walks around the city, as well as listen to numerous talks and lectures given by experts concerning various issues related to that style.  The walk routes will lead through modernist gardens, terraces and yards, and trace modernist details, as well as interior décor and fittings. During talks and discussions, architects will discuss the modern development of cities, creating of common urban space, the role of nature in urbanized areas, as well as the revitalisation of Gdynia. On the first day of the event, the speakers will discuss Urban Modernisations – the leading theme of this year’s Weekend of Architecture. The second day will be devoted mainly to the interwar modernist architecture. Marek Karzyński, PhD, Eng. of Architecture, Head of the Spatial Planning Office in Gdynia, will open the Sunday’s block of lectures by presenting e.g. spatial planning designs for the Sea City in Gdynia. The programme of the Weekend contains also screenings of documentaries about architecture, as well as thematic exhibitions and creativity workshops.
The Weekend of Architecture Programme is available at http://www.weekendarchitektury.pl/home.html

Wind and Water Trade Fair

The Wind and Water Trade Fair is an opportunity to see more than 120 models of newest boats, luxury speed boats, majestic yachts and fast jet skis. The most beautiful sailing and motor yacht will win the GDYNIA YACHT DESIGN prize awarded by the Mayor of the City of Gdynia.

The trade fair propagating the idea of maritime sailing and water sports is being held in Gdynia for the 12th time, each year attracting the enthusiasts of various forms of sailing. For four days between July 27th and July 30th, you will have an opportunity to see yachts and boats from Polish and foreign shipyards, including premier vessels making their debut on the market. This year’s event will feature a presentation of the latest motor yacht released by the Delphia Yacht shipyard – BluEscape 1200. According to the manufacturer, this yacht will satisfy the tastes and needs of even the most demanding customers.
It will also be a great opportunity to meet renowned sailors. The trade fair will be attended by Captain Krzysztof Baranowski, a sailor with a quarter million nautical miles sailed on various waters, concept author and builder of Pogoria and Fryderyk Chopin yachts, founder of the “School under the Sails”, and Captain Joanna Pajkowska who sailed more than 200 thousand nautical miles during voyages, solo and two-person races.

The trade fair will also be a fantastic opportunity to see what reputable car brands have to offer, as Mercedes, Maserati and Land Rover Poland car dealers have announced that they will exhibit their cars at the Fair.
On Saturday and Sunday, a free yachting education workshop will be held at the Polish Yachting Association’s stand.

All sailing enthusiasts are invited to the Gdynia marina.

Photo: Karol Stańczak/Urząd Miasta Gdyni