In consortium with KESZ Zrt, WIS Holding Zrt has won construction rights to renew the Szell Kalman Square (once called Moscow Square) in Budapest. With construction starting in January 2015, the final project was handed over to the public in June 2016. június 30.
After one and a half year of hard work, Szell Kalman Square now welcomes visitors as a modern, state-of-the-art community square with accessibility for everyone and lots of green area.
Having completed the new tram network throughout the city last year, the square offers new traffic connections. Part of the renewal were installation of MOL Bubi stations and cycling roads as well. Concrete areas have been replaced by 182 trees planted, with additional 700 square meters of grass, flowers, and bushes contributing to the environmentality of the area. Only thing reminding the passersby of the old square is the iconic building of the metro station. From May 10th, 2016 after less than one and a half year of construction, Szell Kalman Square serves residents and commuters once again. During the renovation of the square, the following works have been completed:
- Complete remodel of the existing metro bulding – excluding its main structure – to create a modern, spacious, glassy image. In and outgoing pedestrian traffic may now use all sides of the building in contrary to what used to be the routine, contributing to the improved flow of the square. Buildings adjacent to the original metro bulding serving as location for various shops and restaurants have been demolished. Architecture for the whole square has been unified, with buildings disturbing the simple and clean look of the area also having been demolished.
- Commercial services have been relocated to the southern part of the square into a completely new service building.
- Catering to the passangers needs, bus and tram stations have been redesigned as well. Roads and tramlines have been rebuilt according to their original design while also improving in details. Space required for bus parking have been minimized and road surface surrounding the area has been reconstructed.
- Safe and convenient access from all directions has been given to cyclists as well. New cyclist road has been created along Vermezo street connecting to existing cyclist road running towards Retek – Varsanyi Iren streets and Attila street too, creating a new connection between two sides of the Castle.
- Ensuring comfortability of pedestrians are the estatic community furnishing and green areas. Additionally, one might get a chance to relax, chat and observe the square from the roof of the newly designed building.
- Former concrete areas have been replaced by green surfaces. 182 new trees have been planted, with 700 square meters of grass and more than ten thousand plants create a friendly atmosphere ensured by a built-in watering system.
- Pedestrians passing by at night will be guided by LED lines throughout the square. Indicating the main pedestrian directions the lines are deeply sank into the surface on more than a total of 700 meters. Also providing guidance are the five totem-columns which helps passerbys navigate through various destinations.
- The square is accessible from all directions, with escalators and elevators helping passangers reach bus stations from adjacent streets on higher grounds.
- MOL Bubi stations have been placed along the new cyclist roads, which means that soon one of the most populated junction of Buda will receive its own community cycle rent and return ability.
- Inside the metro building is a ’Gomboc’ – a genuine hungarian engineering invention, the first homogenic object to bear two balance points. The Gomboc consists of a traffic office and retail.
- Utility lines – whether tram, electric, telecommunication, water, sewage and heatpipes – have also been replaced, and their tracks have been altered if it was necessary.