Documentation is now complete and along with it came new cost estimates, much less optimisitic than before. New 12,000-15,000 stadium and two indoor halls will be over 30% more expensive.
Just over a year ago the framework for new Sownowiec sports complex was approved by the city council. Since then not much has changed. Construction is yet to begin, so far the biggest progress was made in terms of project documentation.
Just yesterday it was confirmed that the entire project is now complete, ready for tender announcement. This means the project is already behind schedule, completion of the design took more than initially planned.
Contractor will be selected in a two-phased tender, first with invitation to interested companies and then online bidding for the contract. Instead of spring 2018, the tender is now expected to begin in August, enabling groundbreaking just by year end.
But the most troubling element is the complex's price tag. New stadium for 12,000 people (expansion to 15,000 foreseen), indoor arena for 3,000 and ice rink with 2,500 seats were first expected to cost PLN 150 million, when announced in 2015.
Since then material and labour costs in Poland went up and the project's current valuation puts it at PLN 198.4 million (€47.6m), a third more than before. Still, the municipality of Sosnowiec is determined to carry it out, just not exactly clear how such financial burden would be handled. A special report on financing options is expected to be delivered and debated soon.