Historic city to get congress centre
The Kraków Congress Centre will be a world-class facility catering to a variety of national and international events located within easy reach of the historic city centre.
A gap to fill
Kraków is a beautiful, historic city with a lot to offer. However, its cultural infrastructure facilities do not meet modern standards as they are small with limited parking. There is no appropriate space for the hosting of large conferences where 1 000 plus people would be in attendance. Currently, these types of events are taking place in university buildings, heritage structures or other facilities poorly adapted to congresses. Furthermore, existing structures are not adapted to the needs of the disabled.
A structure both functional and attractive
With this project, the people of the Kraków Metropolitan Area will have a world-class congress centre to be proud of. Beautiful architecture and technical expertise will merge to create a top-class purpose-built congress centre located a mere 1.5 km from Kraków's Main Square.
In keeping with its modern functionality and in the interest of inclusion, the facility will also be fully accessible to disabled people. It is expected that in 2015,192 800 people will use the congress centre for its conference and cultural services. Of further interest to local people is the fact that 42 jobs will be created.
All for space and space for all
The congress centre will be built over four floors, covering 37 015 m2, and will have a variety of spaces to suit all event types.
There will be an Auditorium Hall with flexible seating possibilities for between 940 and 2 092 people. This hall will be constructed in the vineyard style to ensure optimum acoustics. Flexibility is also key to the Chamber Hall/multifunctional hall which has space for about 300 people and can be divided into smaller sections using an acoustic wall. There will also be a Large Hall to seat up to 595 people and featuring an extendable stage. This hall will be constructed in the traditional rectangular "shoebox" layout.
To complement these spaces, a complex of conference rooms will be included which again can be adapted to suit different requirements. The congress centre will be accessed via a foyer which can, in addition, be used as an exhibition area. The foyer will have a selection of commercial activities present such as a bank, florist, newsagents, book shop, restaurant, coffee shop and souvenir shop. Visitors will also have the benefit of the underground car park with its 355 spaces.
Total and EU funding
The project "Congress Centre (Rondo Grunwaldzkie)" has a total eligible budget of EUR 65 431 442, with the EU's European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 20 000 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.