33 days after the application was submitted, TriGranit has received the green light to begin construction on its 160-million investment a 5,500-m² railway station and 60,000-m² new shopping center. The signed building permit allows construction to finally begin.
Since June 2011, the foundations of the Platform 1-2-3 have been put in place so the construction of the railway station can begin. Thanks to the prefabricated structures and the applied technology, the station building process takes only a couple of months.
The first part of the investment, the railway station, will be finished in May 2012, in time for the European Football Championships. The entire integrated transport center will be ready in the second half of 2013.
The 5,500-m² railway station will continue to be called Poznan Glowny, while the 60,000-m² new shopping center with some 230 tenants will be called Poznan Glowny City Center.
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for the end of September. One of the artifacts that will be placed into the foundation tube is an art project called 'Passenger Portraits', which will consist of 100 photographs of passengers at the present railway station.
"This time capsule will capture a unique moment in the history of the railway station its new beginnings," commented Arpad Török, TriGranit CEO.
TriGranit was chosen by PKP S.A. from among seven other real estate development companies to revitalize and renew Poznan's main railway station. PKP S.A. will contribute four hectares of land in the downtown of the city. TriGranit will engage the required financing and the investment design agreed upon with the city of Poznan.
Bose International, in cooperation with the local Poznan architectural firm Pentagram Architects, designed the plans for the Integrated Transport Center in Poznan.