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WKB Successful for Organizer of Krakow Music Center Project in Defending Selection Procedure

WKB Successful for Organizer of Krakow Music Center Project in Defending Selection Procedure

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On January 25, 2019, Poland's National Appeals Chamber dismissed an appeal of the results of the contest to develop the urban-architectural Music Centre and City Park concept in Krakow which was organized by the Malopolska Voivodeship and the Municipality of Krakow. The organizer of the contest was supported by WKB during the entire appeals procedure.

According to WKB, the Music Centre "will serve the most important orchestras in the Malopolska Voivodeship, including the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic, the Capella Cracoviensis, and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. Completion of construction is planned for the end of 2024. The cost of the project is PLN 265 million."

According to WKB, "the contest for the creation of a concept ... was completed at the end of 2018. Teams of both Polish and foreign architects took part in the contest, and the first prize was awarded to a Polish-Italian consortium [consisting of] SBS Engineering Group Sp. z o.o. and the Rome-based 3TI Progetti Italia – Ingegneria Integrata S.P.A.. One of the participants challenged this decision and demanded that the selection procedures for the best entry be cancelled, alleging that the entry did not comply with the rules and regulations of the contest."

"As many as six hearings were held before the National Appeals Chamber," WKB reports. "The NAC fully accepted the arguments raised by WKB's lawyers regarding the correctness of the contest jury’s assessment of the works, and the absence of an infringement of any provisions of the rules and regulations in this respect. The appellant’s allegation of a breach of the principles of fair competition and the unequal treatment of contest participants was also found to be groundless. The NAC also disagreed with the appellant’s arguments concerning the omission of the key functional, utility and acoustic aspects of the future Music Centre complex during the evaluation of the contest entries."

The WKB team representing the organizer of the project consisted of, among others, Senior Partner Jan Rolinski, Partner Wioleta Polak, Senior Associate Magdalena Zielinska-Kuc, and Associate Piotr Wojdak.

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