Gdynia’s port is developing

Gdynia’s port is developing

The new ferry terminal in Gdynia received PLN 117 million in EU funding. The Port of Gdynia Authority has just selected a contractor for the project, which will enable the service of larger passenger ferries of up to 245 meters in length.

The terminal is to be built at ul. Polska, in the vicinity of the Museum of Emigration. The land plot for the project is ready for the commencement of construction works. Four old port buildings and a transformer station were demolished there. On 18 June this year, the Port Authority and the Director of the EU Transport Projects Centre signed an agreement on EU subsidization of the project for an amount of PLN 117 million.

Thanks to this investment, even larger passenger ferries with a length of 240 metres will arrive in Gdynia. At present, the terminal enables the mooring of ferries with a length of
175 m. The new location of the terminal will enable easier ferries manoeuvring and shortening of the time of their stay in the port, as well as significantly facilitate access to the centre of Gdynia for passengers arriving on ferries. The service of ships in the new terminal is to last up to 120 minutes, from the start of the mooring operation until the departure of the ferry. Passengers will be able to take advantage of new facilities. The road and railway system is to be reconstructed.

The new ferry terminal will be connected to the international transport system via the A1 motorway. It will also contribute to the development of the Gdynia-Karlskrona sea line connections.

Everything for sailors

Everything for sailors

The construction of a new marina at the Kutrowe Wharf in Gdynia is in progress. As many as 120 yachts will be able to dock there. A modern harbour administration project is also ready.

Polski Holding Nieruchomości is currently implementing the Yacht Park investment. Luxury apartment complexes with an unforgettable view of the Gdańsk Bay will be erected at the Fishing Pier. Water sports enthusiasts will be able to dock their yacht in the neighbouring marina. The investor has planned to build 135 apartment complexes in six 5-storey residential buildings. Ground floors will be used as business premises. The investor plans to build three piers with places for
120 yachts of various lengths. Studio Architektoniczne Arch-Deco prepared a modern harbour administration project. After entering the port, docking sailors will have at their disposal a laundry room, a drying room and comfortable bathrooms.

An unquestionable advantage of this harbour will be its location. The location in the immediate vicinity of the city centre will allow you to enjoy all its charms. After going ashore, sailors will have at their disposal restaurants serving dishes from around the world, cafés, theatres, music clubs and museums, as well as beaches and places for walks.
The investor plans to commission the marina in 2019, when the participants of the Junior Sailing World Championships will come to Gdynia.

Waterfront II

Waterfront II

The first Tri-City multiplex disappears from the Gdynia landscape. The land owner, Vastint, started demolishing the former Centrum Gemini. The new development design of this area will use its advantages and unique location and will create place for work and rest. 

The Investor plans to build a hotel, conference areas, public utility buildings, including a cinema. Near Waszyngton and Hryniewiecki Streets there will be erected residential buildings, office buildings and commercial premises. The development design of this area was prepared by JEMS Architekci. The development concept refers to the Gdynia modernism. An important element of this area is to be walkways with a public garden square and an attractive landscape architecture. Demolition works are expected to be completed until March 2019.

This is the second stage of the project called Waterfront. As part of the Waterfront I project, in 2015, between the Sea Towers building and Skwer Kosciuszki, was build the Courtyard by Marriott hotel with the view of the Gdansk Bay and the 11-storey office building.

City Center of Gdynia and UNESCO

City Center of Gdynia and UNESCO

The modernist architecture of the City Center of Gdynia on the UNESCO World Heritage List? The Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage appointed persons from the National Heritage Board of Poland to draw up a formal application. In Gdynia, a special team of experts will deal with the promotion of the Gdynia’s heritage.

To be included in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, applicants must undergo a multi-stage process. First, you must be granted the status of Historic Monument, and only after completing the necessary stages, apply for inclusion in the so-called UNESCO Tentative List. In 2007, Gdynia submitted an application for inclusion of the City Center of Gdynia in the voivodship register of historic monuments, which enabled the city to apply for the status of Historic Monument of Poland. In 2015, under the regulation adopted by the President of the Republic of Poland, the City Center of Gdynia became one of the most important monuments in Poland.
The second stage of efforts to obtain the inclusion is to undertake promotional activities that popularize the Gdynia’s heritage of modernist architecture in the country and abroad. Specially for this purpose, the president of Gdynia appointed a team of experts.

“The task of our team is to continue to take care of the international promotion of the valuable monument of architecture and modernist urbanism, i.e. the City Center of Gdynia,” says Marek Stepa, vice president of Gdynia for development “Nowwe have to prepare documentation that will certify the supra-national character of this achievement, which was made in the 1920s and 1930s.” This documentation must be presented to UNESCO experts.

The entry in the list is granted only once a year. Poland has 15 objects inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, 14 of which are cultural heritage objects and 1 is the natural heritage object.
The Gdynia’s local government has consistently been taking care of its historic architecture for many years.
Since 2007, Gdynia has been organizing international conferences under the slogan “Modernism in Europe – Modernism in Gdynia” devoted to the presentation of the latest research on modernist architecture and conservation issues related to it.

The city joined the Decomomo International association, i.e. an international organization that supports and disseminates activities associated with modernism in architecture.
In June 2018, Gdynia took part in the founding meeting of the Modern Cities Reporting group, dedicated to conservation issues associated with the management of modernist development complexes.

Gdynia as a meeting place

Gdynia as a meeting place

During the Expo Real trade fair in Munich, Gdynia and other European cities take part in a seminar dedicated to the development of coastal areas, the so-called waterfronts. “This year we came with the project of the Dalmor quay and we strongly focus on the hotel industry,” says Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, vice-president of Gdynia.

This year, the largest trade fair of real estate and B2B investments in Europe, in Munich, will be visited by 1,900 exhibitors from 35 countries. From 2017, Pomerania jointly participates in the trade fair, presenting its offer under the brand name Invest in Pomerania. Gdynia came to Munich to present the project of the Dalmor quay. The vice-president of Gdynia, Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, in the interview with the journalist of “Rzeczpospolita”, admitted that the project of transformation of former shipyard areas is being planned for years, and its consistent promotion brings more and more interest from large investors.

– We have a precise strategy for tourism development, we want to be a meeting city and we know exactly what investments we are looking for – said vice-president of Gdynia, Ms Gruszecka-Spychała.  – This year we also strongly focus on the hotel industry. In Gdynia, we have the perfect space for high standard hotels. We offer plots of land in unique locations, situated in the coastal belt – these areas will be the topic of discussions with key investors. Thanks to the fact that we are here, we can present the development potential of Gdynia and encourage international players to invest with us – said Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała.

The vice-president of Gdynia participates in many thematic seminars organized during the trade fair. Together with representatives of such cities as Barcelona, Glasgow, Helsinki, Liverpool, Porto and Stockholm, she will participate, among others, in Urban Innovation & Waterfront Seminars.

– During these meetings, in addition to the exchange of valuable experiences, we will debate innovative solutions in the creation of waterfront spaces and how the development of quays can strengthen city centres – said Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała.

Expo Real Munich is taking place October 9-10, 2018.

The first summary of the tourist season 2018

The first summary of the tourist season 2018

Cultural and sports events of a well-established reputation, as well as a rich offer of tourist attractions gather more and more visitors to Gdynia. Gdynia is also a city of industry meetings and an organizer of many thematic conferences. On the occasion of the World Tourism Day, the City Hall presented the data showing tourist flow in the city from January to September 2018.

This year, in nine months, Gdynia was visited by 2,491 thousand people. The City Tourist Information Center has already served over 65,000 tourists this year. Every year, the number of visitors to the city increases. It is influenced by the rich offer of cultural and sports events, which already have a large group of enthusiasts, but also properly designed policy of the city.

– We had something to enjoy in previous years, but this time it was even better. This shows that we have a strong potential and there is a lot to fight for, but it also indicates that our diagnosis to follow this and no other direction of the tourism market development was right,” says Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, vice-president of Gdynia. “Most of all, we want to offer our city as a city of meetings. We see the potential of the city in the organization of the industry tourism, in the organization of conferences and congresses, in the invitation of business here and in using the fantastic cultural and sports offer that has become a recognizable brand of our city in Poland and abroad – emphasizes the vice-president of Gdynia.

The popularity of the city is also influenced by its attractive location. The city centre adjacent to the beach and the marina is a perfect combination especially in summer months. Location and ferry connections allow tourist to reach the city quickly by sea. For several years, the city has been trying to include the former shipyard areas into the city centre, and thus expand the city centre area towards the sea. A new centre is being developed directly at the Gdansk Bay, which is to be inhabited by more than 10,000 people, the next one will work and spend leisure time here.

The most popular tourist attractions in Gdynia this year were – Gdynia Aquarium, Centrum Nauki Eksperyment, Dar Pomorza and Naval Museum. The Open’er Festival has been the most recognizable cultural event for many years, attracting 140,000 people to the city. This year’s Summer concert with Radio Festiwal at the end of summer holidays was also very popular and attracted about 110,000 people. However, the largest audience was attracted by this year’s Gdynia AreoBaltic powered by Lotos air BP, which was seen by 300,000 viewers.

Sustainable transport in Gdynia

Sustainable transport in Gdynia

Gdynia took part in the celebration of the European Mobility Week. This year’s theme “Mix and Move” promotes multimodality – the mixing of transport modes.

The largest European initiative organized under the auspices of the European Commission and devoted to sustainable urban transport is celebrated between 16 and 22 September. In this period European cities promote actions which enhance the quality of life in urban areas, emphasize the importance of safety of inhabitants in traffic the need to protect the environment. There is one goal – to raise people’s awareness of issues related to moving around cities, as well as issues concerning the health and quality of life of people living in European cities.

– Gdynia joins this initiative not for the first time. The week will witness many opportunities to actively participate in the celebrations. There are no limits, all you have to do is choose something that is most interesting to you. We encourage people to replace a car by a bicycle, to try what it feels like to carry something or give children a ride to school by bike – says Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, Deputy Mayoress of Gdynia.

Sustainable transport includes communications that both is economically advantageous and minimizes adverse impact on the environment. It focuses on both controlling emissions of harmful exhaust and promoting means of transportation that use renewable energy. It also limits devastation of urban space as a result of the domination of individual car transport – huge parking lots or cars parked on sidewalks and other space for pedestrians.

The European Mobility Week was topped out with the Car-Free Day. The local government encouraged the inhabitants to spend time in the city centre, where it was banned to stop or park a car in the area from 3 Maja to Mściwoja. Thanks to this the inhabitants could meet their friends, take a seat in restaurant gardens and take pat in the table tennis tournament.

Gdynia has been involved in the development of sustainable transport for a long time. As one of the first local governments in Poland, it introduced hybrid car sharing system. It participates in the development of the metropolitan bike rental system. This year, it has purchased 6 new electric buses. Currently, it is planning to purchase cargo bikes with electric motor to carry goods and people that could be used by schools, preschools and city institutions. It is also planning to open a cargo bike rental system for individuals. It is constantly developing the network of bicycle routes, motivating inhabitants to choose this means of transportation. It also participates in the development of combined tickets for public transportation system in the Pomerania and tries to connect the Pomeranian communication system with Blekinge region in Sweden.

8th Weekend of Architecture in Gdynia

8th Weekend of Architecture in Gdynia

Architecture enthusiasts, especially fans of modernism, will meet on 6-9 September 2018 in Gdynia during the 8th Weekend of Architecture. Thematic walks, lectures, debates, workshops, and even film screenings were prepared by the organizers of this year’s edition of the event.
Cooperation is the motto of the 8th Weekend of Architecture.

Without it, it is difficult to imagine effective operation of architectural design studios, effective implementation of ambitious plans for development and revitalization of cities and districts, or implementation of advanced projects in the public and private sector. It would be impossible without cooperation of residents, urban planners, architects and community workers,” says Jacek Debis from the Gdynia Development Agency, which is the co-organizer of the Weekend of Architecture.

Two lectures will be devoted to the concept of cooperation in the process of creating modern architecture. On Sunday, 9 September, speakers will discuss examples of cooperation in the field of Gdynia architecture. On 7 September, they will present examples of cooperation in the architecture of the Second Republic of Poland.

The Gdynia event will host eminent architects and experts in modernism, who will address various issues. On 7 September, Kazimierz Butelski will talk about “Humanitarian architecture in Polish and Chilean perspective.” Grzegorz Piątek will present the topic “How Warsaw discovered that it can have public space”, Michał Stangel will focus on “Public space – participatory design”, Maria Piradoff-Link will discuss “Life among buildings – Creative Banker.”The special guest of this year’s Weekend will be the Polish architect, Prof. Ph.D. Boleslaw Stelmach, who will give a lecture on “Time Notations. Theater under construction” on 9 September (Sunday) 2018. At the end, the speakers, as well as invited experts and architects will jointly consider the problem of participatory design of public space in the city.

Some of the lectures devoted to the architecture of interwar modernism will take place in the historic building of the Consulate of Culture, i.e. the former Seaman House. The building from 1936 has been modernized recently and is to be the centre of cultural events. It was designed by the Warsaw architect, Stanisław Płoski, to the order and from the funds of the Swedish institution – Care for Swedish Sailors.

An important point of the Weekend are thematic walks, which are a perfect complement to the lectures, as they allow you to look at the buildings often discussed during the event. Modernist buildings will be guided by architects, experts in Gdynia and modernist guides. The official opening of the “Weekend of Architecture” will be performed by arch. Grzegorz Mika during the walk in the footsteps of the fertileness of Warsaw architects in Gdynia. This year, the participants will visit, among others, the architecture of Oksywie, modernist roofs and terraces, Gdynia villa-apartment architecture and will see examples of combination of architecture with crafts. The lectures will be complemented by film screenings – Citizen Jane. Fight for the city, Barbicania, Great Architecture (Big Time), Havana – art of building ruins, New Frankfurt (Bauhaus Edition).

An important point of the program is the urban-architectural debate on modernization of post-war architecture organized jointly with Biennale Traffic Design (8 September, 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.).

The Weekend of Architecture is organized every year by the City of Gdynia and the Gdynia Development Agency. Admission to events is free of charge. The participants of the lectures are only asked to notify of their presence online.
Detailed program of the 8th Weekend of Architecture in Gdynia.

Port extension

Port extension

The Sea Port of Gdynia is preparing for the construction of a new deepwater container terminal. The new terminal will be capable of handling up to three ships of even 490 m in total length. The University of Gdańsk will prepare the environmental documentation for this investment.

 

Scientists from the University of Gdańsk will study and analysae the environmental conditions for one of the largest investments to be implemented by the Port of Gdynia – the Outer Port. The scope of analyses includes a survey of the bird life inhabiting the Nature 2000 Zatoka Pucka area, the local fish population and the benthos inhabiting the bottom of the investment basin.

Representatives of the Port of Gdańsk and the University of Gdańsk signed an applicable agreement in the beginning of August 2017.

This is the first agreement from a series of agreements. It will lay down the environmental conditions for the future Outer Port. It is a deepwater container terminal capable of handling all of the biggest ships reaching the port. Assuming that about 700-800 people will be working in the port, this will generate at least several thousand workplaces all over the country,” says Adam Meller, the CEO of the Sea Port of Gdynia.

In the documentation, university employees will verify the impact of Outer Port’s construction processes on Nature 2000 areas. The Outer Port will serve as an extension of the Śląskie Quay, reaching more than 1.5 kilometre into the sea. Its 1.5 kilometre-long quay will accommodate up to three ships of even 490 meters in total length at the same time. The Outer Port is planned to end with an LNG terminal with a gas power plant, used to fuel up ships, among others. According to the initial design, a barge used to fuel up other vessels with LNG will be built. In result, the turnover and the quantity of goods handled at the Port of Gdynia will be significantly increased. The construction is scheduled to end by 2028.

European experts’ report on Sea City

European experts’ report on Sea City

Experts from the European Organization of the Urban Land Institute published the report concerning the new district of Gdynia – Sea City. This is the effect of the February visit of European city planners, during which, together with urban specialists, they discussed the best directions for development of this part of the city.

The report contains studies performed by the international group of ULI experts on challenges and opportunities for the Sea City Center. European specialists assigned the role of an undisputed project leader to the city, which acts as an organizer of dialogue between investors, developers and residents, taking care of an even development of the land responding to the wishes of the widest possible community.

– Gdynia has the magnetism of a big city, and offers opportunities that are rarely found in large centers. It is not often possible to invest in areas situated in the very center of the agglomeration and to do something really big and important – we read in the report prepared by the Urban Land Institute.

Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychala, vice-president of Gdynia, believes that this report will increase Gdynia’s recognition as an investment location in the international arena.

– The group of world-class experts confirms that we have the project in Gdynia, which is an absolute pearl. For me personally, it is extremely important how strongly the report accepts the need to reconcile interests and look for good solutions that will allow to harmoniously combine the simultaneous development of the city, together with its most prestigious district and port – summarized vice-president Gruszecka-Spychala.

In the opinion of the members of the ULI, the successful development of the new district is dependent on its availability and openness to all residents. It will be supported, among others, by mixed use development and organization of generally accessible public spaces. The way to revive the new district as soon as possible is to be the use of buildings preserved in this area, such as: the ice house from the interwar period. Such places can be used, according to experts, to conduct artistic activities, organize meetings, workshops and consultations.
The ULI is a prestigious, international organization associating over 40,000 city planners, architects, real estate experts and investors around the world. In February 2018, members of the organization visited Gdynia and discussed the issue of developing over 71 ha of the plot adjacent to the Gdansk Bay.