The official ceremony of laying the foundation stone has taken place in Browar Lubicz. Among the guests were i.a. Monika Piątkowska, Social Communication Department Director, Jan Janczykowski, Voivodeship's Conservator of Monuments, Alun Jones, President of the Board at Balmoral Properties and Witold Poznański, representative of General Contractor, POPR Polska SA.
Browar Goetzów revitalization project is located near Dworzec Główny in Cracow. It has been prepared by an architectural studio MOFO Architekci and its objective is to integrate historical, XIX-century postindustrial buildings with the present urban area.
The brewery was founded in year 1840 and for a long time had been acting as one of the most important manufacturing plants in Cracow. Its glory started to diminish in post-war period, and the decision on its closure was made in year 2001. The deteriorating area has caught the eye of a British investment company Balmoral Properties, which has made a decision to create a residential-retail-commercial complex.
- We want Browar Lubicz to become an integral, publicly available part of the city. We're creating here a modern and comfortable place for living, work and recreation, bringing out the unique character of this place at the same time - said Paweł Wassilew, Head of Sales and Marketing at Balmoral Properties.
Pałac Goetzów is going to be completely renovated and transformed into a luxurious office building. The complex will not lack the space for historical buildings such as Obciąg Piwa, Portiernia, Dawna Susznia Słodu, as well as Maszynownia and Boiler with a chimney.
- In building Browar Lubicz, Balmoral Properties is not only creating new apartments, new work places, new offices and shops, but it also gives back an abandoned and unkept part of the city back to Cracow. It is also one of the few examples, in which the investor shows such great humility in the face of heritage during the investment process, protecting and bringing out what's best in historical buildings. He deserves our thanks for all that - emphasized Monika Piątkowska, Social Communication Department Director at Ministry of Economy.
Stage I predicts creation of 137 apartments, 4 600 sqm. of retail area and 1 900 sqm. of office space. The investment's value at this stage is estimated at 100 million PLN, the execution cost is going to require around 200 million PLN. The investment's completion is planned for IV quarter of 2013.