Massive multiuse hall planned in Czechia City



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New arena in Brno Czech Republic Image: Arena Brno

The City of Brno (Czech Republic) recently unbolted ambitious plans to build a huge multifunctional hall that will offer top-notch facilities to organize sporting and cultural events as well as trade fairs and congress on a global scale. Plans are being drawn up to construct the hall in 2023 itself.

‘ARENA BRNO’ stated that a deal was struck in this regard with the Brno City Council and the Brno Mayor Markéta Vaňková put in, “If Brno has to attract more tourists, we must ensure that the stadium turns out to be a luxurious and expansive facility. As the deal has been inked, it demonstrates that the concerned authorities are serious about going ahead with the project.”

As parking lots and roads will be built simultaneously with the venue construction work, the City of Brno awarded the contract to municipal companies too along with Brno Communication, ARENA BRNO and Teplárny Brno, a.s. (business center in Brno). The start of the procurement procedure was approved by the Brno City Council in December 2021, four entities submitted documents within the deadline for the submission of offers ending on April 25th, 2022. The evaluation process ended in the beginning of last October, the company HOCHTIEF CZ a. s. (construction company in Prague, Czechia) was selected with the offered price of 4,444,444,444.44 Czech crown excluding VAT.

The construction work will only start on the basis of an invitation from the City of Brno following the European Commission approving fiscal support for the development which is expected to get the nod in the first half of 2023. If the same is not approved, the City can unilaterally terminate the contract without attracting penalties. If the construction starts, the selected company has a deadline of 30 months from the date of handover of the construction site.

‘ARENA BRNO’ further stated that last June, the Construction Manager was selected, and in December 2022 it was decided that the hall will be operated by the company ARENA BRNO, which is wholly-owned by the City.

Observed Petr Kratochvíl, Brno City Councilor for Transport and Chairman of the Board of ARENA BRNO, “The construction of a multifunctional arena also requires huge capital injection. The coming up of the stadium will also go on to benefit the community which will sit in and around the venue. The Directorate of Roads and Highways has announced that it has selected the contractor for redeveloping the urban ring road on the Bauerova section, and work is expected to begin soon. A one kilometer long road will be improvised which will streamline and ensure smooth flow of traffic to the venue as well as boost the safety quotient. This is why the Brno City Council is ready to pick up the tab partially. A tram loop will also come up near the Lipová transport hub.”

The requisite administrative works are also underway. Once the European Commission gives the go-ahead, the construction work of the hall will begin. The payment for the land on which the structure as well as the parking areas will come up is yet to be made. Another pertinent point is making the financials of the project transparent.

The decision to build a multifunctional hall at the Brno Exhibition Centre was arrived at on February 20th, 2019. On June 19th, 2021, the building received planning permission and a building permit. The arena has been designed by the association of companies A PLUS, a. s. and Arch.Design, s. r. o. The building will come armed with two underground and six above-ground floors and will be able to hold 13,300 spectators and will enjoy 1,300 parking spaces.

The above development is the largest strategic project in Brno! A new, modern multifunctional arena at the Brno Exhibition Centre. The arena will also be equipped with top-of-the-line technology, and one can look forward to attending both sporting and cultural events here.

The construction of such an expansive multifunctional arena is a large intervention in the City’s infrastructure. Thus, it entails interconnected projects and investments. The actual area needs to be prepared – demolish part of the surrounding structures, conduct surveys and build up the underground facilities. Currently, the issue of transportation also needs to be solved, as well as the issue of individual vehicles, public transportation, foot traffic, as well as cyclists. Ensuring sufficient number of parking spots for spectators is important for the fluid operation of the arena. Last but not the least, the reconstruction of the Bauerova Street is key.

The 30,000-capacity Brno Exhibition Centre is a convention center based in Brno, Czech Republic. It was established in 1928. The center provides a total net exhibition area of 125,496 square meters including open-air space and exhibition halls with an exhibition area of 61,479 square meters.

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