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Prague to renovate popular square after over 2 decades of talks

Prague to renovate popular square after over 2 decades of talks

The long-awaited revitalisation of the Jiřího z Poděbrad square will begin in 2022

Last Thursday, the Deputy Mayor of Prague Petr Hlaváček and the Mayor of Prague 3 Jiří Ptáček signed a memorandum confirming the upcoming revitalisation of the Jiřího z Poděbrad square. According to the City of Prague, this square is one of the most important and most frequently used in the capital. Despite this, it has been neglected for many years, with citizens awaiting its renovation for over two decades.

A project worth EUR 10.5 million

In a press release, the City of Prague announced that it will finance the entire restoration project – the cost of which will be approximately CZK 27 million (over EUR 10.5 million). The Czech capital further revealed the design plans for the square, noting that they are the result of two years of hard work and planning.

"The aim of revitalization is to use its currently not fully fulfilled potential, to unify its form and functioning, to improve both residential opportunities and cultural qualities and practical use. And, also, incorporate current responsible approaches to the environment, such as rainwater conservation,” explained Pavla Melková, architect and co-author of the project’s design.

Expanding on this, the city plans to plant over 100 new trees and install an irrigation system that will ensure the preservation of the square’s greenery. Children will also benefit from the upcoming renovation as the architects seek to expand the current playground and create new opportunities for play.

The square’s fountain will also be revitalised and new pedestrian crossings will make the use of underpasses unnecessary. Finally, the city will also establish barrier-free access to the metro and renovate the entire station.

With the building permit already secured, the Czech capital expects that construction will officially begin in the second half of 2022.

To see the design plans for the square, view the gallery above.

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