Gniezno invests in education: former army buildings transformed into modern and well equipped schools

Using European Regional Development Funds, Gniezno, a city of 70 000 inhabitants in central-west Poland, invests in education, skills and lifelong learning. Freshly revitalised and adjusted for the needs of disabled people, former army buildings serve as a residence for three high schools and a new headquarters for a regional job centre.

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The former army buildings had been revitalised from the bottom to the top and are adjusted to the needs of people with disabilities.  © Starostwo Powiatowe w Gnieźnie The former army buildings had been revitalised from the bottom to the top and are adjusted to the needs of people with disabilities. © Starostwo Powiatowe w Gnieźnie

" Thanks to this project more than a thousand pupils can learn in a decent, neat and friendly environment. The same applies to more than a hundred teachers who works here. The schools provide high-quality education which makes them competitive in the region and the whole area of former army buildings became more attractive for other investment projects. "

Maria Suplicka, project coordinator

Until recently the 19th century army buildings were completely destroyed, but their renovation allows an old part of the city to shine with new splendour.

The project conducted by local authorities with the support of EU funds included total reconstruction and adaptation of two big buildings for educational and social purposes.

From the bottom to the top

Both the inside and outside of the 10 000 square meter buildings were subject to a major renovation. Technical installations, plumbing, heating, floor coverings, windows, elevators and the roof have been replaced. The whole area around the buildings, such as the greenery and lighting, was renovated as well.

The main building houses three upper secondary schools, a District Employment Centre, and a Rehabilitation and Cultural Centre “Promyk”. The old armoury building hosts a professional kitchen for the pupils of the Technical School of Catering, which is also situated in the complex.

Thanks to sufficient funding, the schools are very well equipped so the students have access to professional chemistry laboratories, computer rooms and linguistic classes. All these factors translate into improved conditions for education and vocational training in the region.

Schools without borders

After renovation all facilities are accessible for disabled people. There are lifts, wheelchair ramps, handrails and special toilettes for everybody to be able to freely go around.

Renovations have also increased access to more classrooms which allows classes to finish at 16.30 every day, while before renovation, due to the lack of classrooms, classes lasted up until 20.30. This makes studying conditions much more comfortable.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “The adaptation of former army buildings in Gniezno for educational and social purposes” is EUR 2 621 533 (PLN 10 748 286) of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 1 537 375 (PLN 6 303 238) from the Operational Programme ‘Greater Poland’ for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.


Draft date

05/08/2015