Broadway Malyan secures 1,000-bed student scheme in Krakow / by Chris White

Jagiellonian University Medicum

The Warsaw-based team at global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has won a competition to design a major residential refurbishment scheme for students at the prestigious Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum, in Krakow, Poland.

The 17,500 sqm scheme, located at one of Europe’s leading universities, will be delivered for client Bouygues which is managing the project – and it is set to be one of the first such projects in Poland to be delivered wholly via a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. It will see three existing 10-storey accommodation blocks, originally built during the Soviet era, overhauled through an internal reconfiguration, full refurbishment and new façade design.

A pavilion building housing educational and administrative facilities will also be partially refurbished and a wide range of new recreational and sports facilities, including a multi-purpose pitch, volleyball and tennis courts and running track, will be built on the four hectare site.

The concept design aims to create a strong sense of place and an environment which emphasises a community feel. Large common rooms will host combined kitchen space, sitting rooms and leisure space, creating central hubs of activity on each floor. The design also features additional shared facilities on each ground floor, with sitting areas and cafés adjacent to receptions. The design is currently going through a design review process as the basis of a building permit application scheduled for April 2014.  

Warsaw-based Director of Architecture Robert Kaminski said: “The appointment is a further success for our strategy in Poland, which is aimed at growing our local team and widening our project portfolio across sectors, on the back of our strong reputation in the retail sector.

“This is seeing us targeting our highly-competitive, multi-sector and country-wide design services to local developer, contractor, local authority and operator clients, as well as drawing on the world-class expertise of our global design experts, such as in the education sector, to ensure that we are the design partner of choice for international clients in Poland and wider region.”

The scheme is part of the drive by leading Polish universities to attract first-class international students, with high-quality contemporary accommodation, on campus and close to academic, commercial and cultural facilities, now a key part of student recruitment.  

Broadway Malyan believes that PPP is poised to be one of the most effective methods of raising the standard of existing, under-performing buildings in Poland, particularly in the student accommodation sector, which is relatively underdeveloped and characterised by stable demand and low risk.

The practice is currently involved in a number of other early-stage PPP projects, which are structured in varying ways, with public and private universities across Poland.

Earlier in the year the practice’s Warsaw-based team won the architectural and interior concept design brief for the high-profile Gwiazda Morza Hotel at Władysławowo, a seaside resort on the Baltic Sea coast north of Tri City, Poland. The hotel will be the first four-star global brand hotel in the local market.  

Distinguished by its global reach with 16 studios across world centres, unrivalled diversity with over 450 design experts and distinctive client focus with over 85 per cent income from repeat business, Broadway Malyan creates world-class and fully-integrated cities, places and buildings to unlock lasting value and deliver a ‘return on design’.

 
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