By the end of this year, demolition work will begin in the courtyard of the city spa, which the Pilsen region bought from a private owner. In the future, a multicultural center including the West Bohemian Gallery should be built in the complex for around 1.5-2 billion crowns.
The Plzeň region started the bidding process for demolition work at the end of August, the deadline for submitting bids expired on October 2. “In the given period, we received a total of three offers, electronically. We are satisfied with the result, we evaluated the participant with the submitted price offer of almost six million crowns as the most advantageous,” said Deputy Governor for Social Affairs, Investments and Property Martin Záhoř. According to him, the construction site will be handed over immediately after we sign the contract with the contractor and it becomes effective. Then the contractor has 3 months to fulfill the contract, i.e. for the actual demolition in the inner block.
The governorship believes that the new path of the spa building will be received positively by the lay and professional public. The intention of the region is to build adequate space for the West Bohemian Gallery, but also to build a multifunctional hall for wide use, namely in the historical part of the building where the swimming pool was located. Organizations dealing with leisure activities for children and youth will also find their space in the former spa complex.
Until November 16, people can view the future form of the spa in front of the building of the West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen at a panel exhibition designed by architect Eva Heyworth. She has been working on the proposal since the end of January with 17 people, including builders. According to her, it was difficult to turn the monument into a cultural and social object when it was built as a single-purpose building with spas, baths and massage tables. The exhibition atrium, which connects all three buildings, according to the architect, managed to separate the new buildings. Instead of the original one entrance, there will be three, the hall and gallery have a two-story entrance hall.
The gallery has four floors, each with an area of 520 square meters, the rooms will be five meters high, followed by offices on six floors. In the second smaller extension towards the police building, there will be three gymnasiums and the upper floor will also be for a gallery. In the new roof above the gallery, there will be a two-story social hall for 100 people. In the old building, in addition to the entrances, there will be a large hall with a walkway in the place of the former swimming pool, storage underneath and facilities for performers and smaller businesses.