The Capital City to look for New Solutions in an International Tendering Procedure

Фото: Саулиус Жиура

The Municipal Government of the Capital City, together with the Lithuanian Union of Architects and private investors, have announced an international tendering procedure for an architectural project for the centre of Vilnius – Konstitucijos Avenue.  This large scale site would incorporate hotels and office buildings and greatly augment what is fast becoming the city’s modern business district. The Municipal Government anticipates that the winning project will greatly benefit the city’s residents and be a key driver in attracting foreign investment. This is only the third such international tender in the history of the Capital City.

‘I trust that this collaborative process, between the Municipality, private investment and top architectural designers will lead to the creation of a world class project. I believe that this international tendering procedure will attract companies that will generate the highest added value for Vilnius, as well as preserve the landscape of the Old City, help shape the vision for the left bank of the River Neris and develop an aesthetic public space stretching from the Baltasis Bridge to Europos Square,’ Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius.

The intention is to build a new hub of offices and hotels in the private area stretching between Konstitucijos Avenue and Upės Street. It is estimated that the site will cover an area of around 19 000 square metres and will create around a thousand work places.

According to Marius Šaliamoras, Chairman of the Lithuanian Union of Architects, this tendering procedure will offer architects a rare opportunity to contribute to the development of the architectural history of one Europe’s capital cities.

9 international architectural firms from different countries, 5 of which are Lithuania, have already expressed in the international tendering procedure.

Urban development specialists from the Municipal Government, meanwhile, stress that any successful architectural plans will need to take into consideration a number of key factors such as the impact of buildings on the protection of the Old Town, city views, pedestrian and bicycle flows, and public city spaces.

This international tendering procedure is expected to produce a project that will enliven, invigorate and modernise this still developing area. It will provide convenient pedestrian and cycling access, and add an excellent additional touch to the development of the left bank of the River Neris.

This international tendering procedure is held by the Municipal Government of Vilnius, the Lithuanian Union of Architects and the investment management company Lords LB Asset Management.