In the Partnership „Na Rzecz Warty”, the City of Poznań will be represented by the executives of the Poznań City Hall, in particular the representatives of the Real Estate Department acting as the coordinator for the Strategic Programme ”River in the City”. The primary goal of the development plan „Na Rzecz Warty” is to satisfy the needs of the inhabitants of Poznań. Therefore, a consultancy group will be appointed with a strong participation of the citizens of Poznań and the local NGO’s associated with the river, in addition to wide-scale public consultations.
The project aimed at preparing the development plan „Na Rzecz Warty” is the first step towards the implementation of the Strategic Programme ”River in the City”, within the framework of the “Development Strategy for the City of Poznań to 2030”. A dedicated project team has been set up with representatives of the Real Estate Department, Environmental Protection Department, Project Coordination Office, Investment Promotion and Investor Support Office, Public Relations Office and City Promotion Office as members.
The authorities of the Poznań City are aware of the untapped potential of the waterfront areas, both in terms of their natural value and investment opportunities. The purpose of the activities planned, developed and implemented by the City Hall is to ensure sustainable development of the areas situated on the Warta River. In all projects, no matter whether financed from the City’s budget resources or funded by project partners, Poznań always expects top quality final deliverables. Therefore, the City has decided to enter into cooperation with renowned partners conducting global operations, whose track record to date is a guarantee of a high quality, comprehensive land use plan, rational urban development and improved flood safety.
KuiperCompagnons is a leading international consulting firm specializing in urban planning and design, architecture and landscape. The company is based in Rotterdam, employs approximately 120 highly qualified specialists and conducts worldwide operations, both in the private and public sectors. The company’s philosophy is based on the observation that in the present world the differences between the urban and rural areas are gradually disappearing and the key to sustainable development is skilful management of the natural resources, in particular green areas and water.
The company offers a wide range of services associated with the development projects involving waterfront, riverbank and coastal areas, including identification of the social and environmental effects of their implementation. KuiperCompagnons has designed and managed a number of waterfront development projects all over the world. The most spectacular examples include projects implemented in China (South Bunt, Shanghai, Chongming Island, Shanghai, Qianhai Bay, Shenzhen and Shanghai Yachting Industry Master Development Plan) in the Netherlands (City of the Sun, Blauw Bloed (Blue Blood), Balcony in Maassluis and Coastal Vision for Lelystad), in Russia (Expansion of St. Petersburg), in Ireland (Residential Development in Hafnarfjördur) and in Tunesia (Taparura Master Plan, Sfax).
Since 2008, the specialists from KuiperCompagnons have been providing advice services to the City Hall in Poznań in relation to the development of the Strategic Programme „River in the City”. To this end, the company carried out a complex analysis of the environmental, economic, urban and recreational interrelations between the Warta River and the City of Poznań. In 2009, the company took part in a competition announced by the City of Poznań for the concept of regeneration and restructuring of the Śródka district on the section along the Warta River and won the second prize.
DHV HOLLAND AS THE PARTNER CONSULTANT
DHV company was founded in 1917 and today is one of the biggest consulting firms worldwide, employing over 4,700 consultants, experts, engineers and technicians from all fields of specialization in 19 countries of the world. In Poland, DHV has been developing its business since 1992 as an international consulting and engineering group providing services and proposing sustainable solutions in such sectors as transportation, infrastructure, construction, industry, water management and environmental protection, urban planning, telecommunications, aviation, clean technologies and ITS. The main clients of DHV include public sector institutions, non-governmental organizations, industries, service providers, contractors and developers, as well as international development agencies.
The DHV holding aspires to exert a positive influence on the economy, society and the natural environment in each country where it operates. It is a signatory of the PACI (Partners Against Corruption Initiative) statement and a member of the United Nations Global Compact of the World Economic Forum. KuiperCompagnons and DHV have been successfully cooperating for many years on the implementation of projects in which urban planning and designing tasks are combined with water management expertise.
SwedeCenter is actively engaged in the investment and development operations on the Polish commercial real estate market. The company entered the Polish market at the beginning of 1990s, together with its parent company Polprop Holding as part of the Inter IKEA Group. In its operations, SwedeCenter follows the principles of sustainable construction. The investments draw on the state-of-the-art ecological solutions and are regularly submitted for certification by LEED.
At present, SwedeCenter is building in Poland real estate with a total area of 66,000 m² and is working on new projects which will ultimately yield 400,000m²of new residential, office and commercial space.. The most prominent investments executed by SwedeCenter in Poland include the Business Gardens in Warsaw, Wrocław and Poznań - environment-friendly office and commercial parks, Gdynia Waterfront, a multifunctional complex of buildings, Mera Hotel & SPA in Sopot and Brama Portowa, an office and commercial centre in Szczecin. The characteristic aspects of all SwedeCenter projects include excellent locations, flexible arrangement of office space and high functionality.
SwedeCenter is the author of the "Portowo" project under which 15 hectares of undeveloped land situated on the Warta River will be converted into a complex of modern residential and commercial real estate. The investment in the post-industrial areas near the Starołęka Roundabout will return the Warta River and its long untapped potential to the City of Poznań and its inhabitants. The preliminary investment development plan includes such developments as a harbour with a marina and a waterfront promenade, connected by water canals with the Warta River and a pedestrian and bicycle overpass across the river to connect Starołęka with the green recreational areas of Łęgi Debińskie. The waterfront line of the Warta River will not be affected. Additionally the traffic system in Starołęcka Street will be modernised.
Similarly as in the case of other SwedeCenter investments, the ”Portowo” project places great emphasis on sustainable development principles, including such aspects as the natural environment, social and economic viability and flood safety. In accordance with the terms of the environmental decision, already at this stage of the project, there are plans that the undeveloped river banks will be covered with greenery and enhanced with elements of polder-type architecture. A system of eco-corridors will be arranged on the grounds of the ”Portowo“ district and the planted water plants will enhance the natural treatment processes in the water reservoir. The microclimate is expected to improve thanks to a water dam which will enable the growth of valuable plant species. During the construction, excavations will be secured to prevent the possibility of trapping amphibians, reptiles or small mammals. In order to compensate for the interference with the natural environment, nest boxes will be mounted on trees and buildings. All car parks near residential houses will be hardened with openwork concrete panels and stormwater will be collected from the surface of roads, car parks and roofs and, after treatment in settlement tanks and separators, will be discharged back to the Warta River.