Drums-Zátory. The reconstruction of this area in Prague’s Holešovice has been talked about since the last century. The transformation of today’s relatively neglected locality is planned by the fourth Prague political representation.
The revelation of the winning appearance of the Vltava Philharmonic building, which is to become a symbolic key to improving the whole area, once again stirred up the topic of revitalization. This time, will the plans for the transformation of the Holešovice area be completed and what will the site look like?
In December 2020, the capital presented a territorial study designed by Pelčák and partner architects with Thomas Müller + Ivan Reimann Architekten, which provides housing for up to 25,000 inhabitants, complete public facilities and a large central park.
“Currently, a change in the zoning plan is being discussed within the locality, and the Department of Spatial Development is preparing an evaluation of the public’s comments and objections. Based on the evaluation, it determines the next procedure, “says Marek Vácha, spokesman for IPR Prague.
Compared to previous restructuring plans, which emphasized, for example, robust road infrastructure or tall tower structures, the current one should be so-called “more user-friendly”. “It promotes pedestrian permeability and civic amenities,” comments Vácha’s proposal from IPR Prague.
The “unlocking” of one of Prague’s largest brownfields will depend on whether a further change in the zoning plan will be necessary as part of the public comment. It would then have to be renegotiated.
“After all comments have been settled, the new form can be approved within a year,” said Petr Hlaváček, First Deputy Mayor of Prague, at the end of February this year.
According to Marek Vácha, spokesman for IPR Prague, the economic climate in the Czech Republic will also decide when the first houses will be built.
“If we look at global markets, inflation, the war in Ukraine and other world events and indicators, we probably do not have years of abundance. However, I believe that the first dig into the country could take place around 2025. I still believe that a complete new district can be created around 2040, “he told SZ Byznys.
What should the site look like?
In addition to the Vltava Philharmonic project, which arouses wide public interest with its publication, a completely new district should be built on the territory of one of the largest freight stations in the Czech Republic, providing a home for 25,000 inhabitants.
The winning design of the Vltava Philharmonic of the Danish studio BIG:
The new Central Park, which will lead all the way to Stromovka, is also to be a part of the new Bubny-Zátory district. There will also be a number of other important public spaces in the area – the square near the Vltava Philharmonic, the Monument of Silence or the revitalized area of the Bubny railway station.
As part of the restructuring, the adjustment of transport connections is also prepared. Bus, tram and passenger traffic will pass in the area around the Vltavská metro station, while traffic at the end of the Hlávek Bridge, which passes around tens of thousands of cars a day, is to go below ground level. As part of quality service, there is also a train connection. The route should belong to the planned expressway at the airport. However, the train will also serve other Prague locations.
The aim of the modification of the locality should also be to limit Prague’s car traffic, which should solve the good transport services of the district.
“The district will be connected to all modes of transport, including the railway line to the airport. They probably had a hard time finding territory that would be so well served. At the same time, it is an area close to the city center. I believe that the traffic generated by the place itself will not be burdensome, “said Lada Kolaříková from the IPR City Planning Section.
Transformation of the Bubny-Zátory area in Holešovice, Prague:
What should happen?
- 25,000 inhabitants will find a home here
- 11,000 apartments
- 29,000 jobs
- 5,000 places for pupils in schools
- Connection of Letná and Holešovice
- Establishment of office buildings and residential areas in the northern part
- Establishment of a central park with an area of 6 hectares
- Construction of new bridges and footbridges
- Connection to the expressway leading to the airport
- Establishment of the Monument of Silence in the premises of the Bubny railway station
- Location of the new concert hall of the Vltava Philharmonic
However, it is worth recalling that approximately 11,000 new flats will be built in the Bubny area, while a large part of the population is likely to own a car that can congest the area. Underground parking is meant for new apartment buildings as part of parking.
According to IPR Prague, it will be difficult to calculate the total investment in this large restructuring of the entire area. According to Marek Vácha, however, hundreds of billions of crowns of private and public capital are to be guaranteed.
“Since it is not possible to estimate the prices of materials, energy and labor in 10 years, for example, we would not like to make predictions from the crystal ball here. However, the construction itself and the creation of the new district will provide many jobs and other opportunities for the Prague and national economy, “added Vácha.