Construction work speeded up
Day by day, the Maritime Culture Centre built between the Żuraw and the Hanza Hotel is surfacing. Despite the holiday season, intensive pedestrian traffic in and around the streets of Długie Pobrzeże and Szeroka, and the three-week-long St Dominic’s Fair, the construction work on the Centre has been making quick progress. Construction work speeded up recently as one more crane was brought to the site and more staff hired by POLAQUA – the contractor.
The building emerged from the ground in late June, after the construction of its foundations had been completed and the erection of reinforced-concrete walls started in the slab-on-grade segment of the building. Today, work is conducted on the ground floor. The contractor has less than one month to erect the other four storeys. According to the construction schedule, the building of the Centre is due to be roofed by the end of September.
The amount of work completed already is much greater than you could expect – much of it cannot simply be seen from the outside. Some of system connections have already been installed, and the historical wall has been secured; the wall will be placed in the main hall by the lift as an exhibition element of the future Museum. In the course of archaeological research, the ten-tonne, 16th-century wall was found to be one of the most interesting remnants of the erstwhile urban buildings, and subjected to conservation. It is 4 metres long, 2 metres high and about 50 centimetres thick. For the time being, it is protected by a steel case. When the Maritime Culture Centre is opened, the wall – witness to history – will certainly become a tourist attraction.