Approximately HUF 2.67 billion is available for the development of the space from capital and government sources.
Renovation of Blaha Lujza Square, the underpass and Béla Somogyi Street will begin this year, and the reconstruction work will take about a year and a half, the Budapest Transport Center (BKK) said. HUF 2.67 billion is available for the renovation from capital and government sources. According to the MTI report, the transport company wrote that the proportion of green spaces in the pedestrian-friendly square that meets today’s expectations will increase significantly, water games will be installed, and a building and event venue for cultural purposes will be built in cooperation with the capital’s municipality and the private sector. The junction will be completely barrier-free, the underpass will be renovated, and the traffic order of the roads bordering the space will also change: for example, it will be possible to turn directly right from Rákóczi út to József körút. Blaha Lujza Square will be transformed into a downtown community space with a unified image, satisfying the needs of today’s urban use, with pedestrian-friendly, meeting places and a fountain in the interior. The Theater Memorial is being renovated, referring to the former People’s Theater on the square. The emblematic element of the space, the Mushroom Fountain, which has been operating since the 1960s, is also being renewed. In addition, the service network and car parks that are currently fragmenting the space will be eliminated. In the renovated Blaha Lujza Square, a small building for cultural purposes will be erected as part of a separate project, in front of which the cohesive part of the space will offer space for even larger events. In addition to retaining the current valuable trees, the square will house more than 65 new trees and create more than 1,000 square meters of new green space, writes MTI based on the BKK report. According to the company’s communiqué, there will be two MOL Bubi collection stations in the square, several bicycle racks and waste collectors will be installed, and the owner of Corvin Department Store will remodel the building in a private investment and partially renovate the facade with state support.
With the reconstruction of the square, it will be possible to turn directly to the right from Rákóczi út to the two-way Márkus Emília utca and to József körút. Somogyi Béla Street will be one-way from Gutenberg Square to Stáhly Street. The communication also pointed out that, as the plans need to be amended before construction, there is currently no plan in force that accurately reflects the future appearance of Blaha Lujza Square. Due to the reduction of resources and the changed demands, the renovation plans of the space will be modified as follows: the plan will be adjusted to the bicycle lane on the Grand Boulevard, the planned underpass extension will be delayed, and the new public toilet planned here will be on the surface. The lower staircase leading to the square will be renovated, but will remain in its original location and size, the bus waiting will not receive individual coverage for cost reduction. Furthermore, the pavilion building planned for the square will be realized in a different form and from a different source, and the installation of the middle alley on Rákóczi út will be delayed “in order to help long-term public transport developments”. BKK reminded that in July 2018, the company entered into a business contract with a consortium formed by “KÖZLEKEDÉS” Fővárosi Tervező Iroda Kft. And UVATERV Út-, Vasútterező Zrt., Which won the open public procurement procedure, to prepare the licensing and construction plans. The construction plans were completed in 2019, the last permit was received in June 2020. Following the local government elections in October 2019, there was a need to amend the completed plans “by the newly elected leadership, taking into account social needs, the immediate challenges posed by climate change and the reduction of resources in the capital’s entire investment portfolio”. Finally, BKK also announced that the planning and construction procurement procedure for the reconstruction of Blaha Lujza Square had started in December 2020, and the conclusion of the business contract is expected in April.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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