Regeneration of a resting point „Pod Zbrojnicí

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): City of Chrudim
  • Contact person: Šárka Trunečková, sarka.truneckova@chrudim-city.cz
  • Year of implementation: 2008
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Region: Pardubice district
  • Town: Chrudim
  • Size of area: 11 m2
  • Impact: regional

    Total costs: 24 EUR

    Source per every institution

    • regional: City of Chrudim (12 936 EUR) EUR
    • other: The International Awards For Liveable Communities (12 000 EUR) EUR
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.
    2. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.
    3. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. The Town of Chrudim has been participating in the WHO Healthy Town and the Local Agenda 21 project for more than 8 years. Town develops systematically in harmony with internationally applicable significant documents: Health 21, Agenda 21 and the National Action Health and Environmental Plan. The aim of this project is to increase and promote the quality of life and health while respecting the principles of sustainable development, which is consistent with the strategic planning and expecting the involvement of the public. The target group of the project are people living in the area of housing estate which is located below the fire station, children who attend nearby kindergarten and of course general public. Three public meeting with the local residents were held together before the area was revitalized.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. No. The territory under consideration is the “Pod požární zbrojnicí“ locality, in the west of the town. The area is bordered by blocks of flats and access roads. There are four-storey concrete-panel houses, built on the turn of 1960’ and 1970’s.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. Not applicable.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. Public involvement is a crucial part of the planned regeneration of the area. It is an intimate space between block of houses situated under the fire station and therefore is popular with local residents. Citizens became co-creators of the project and will be involved in the planting of trees and shrubs and in other landscaping jobs. The outcome of the layout of the buildings is an open space with a little park, which might suggest an opportunity for neighbourly, peaceful get-togethers. The main entrances to the buildings mostly face the other side, the road, and are not connected with the park. This means the green patch is not a busy place through which many people pass. The aim of the first public meeting was to obtain suggestions and comments from the local people who were at the same time aware of their solidarity with the territory. They stressed its advantages and singled out the effects which negatively influence the area. Suggestions and proposals thus obtained were passed over to the designers who were preparing a study of the area. This was shown to the public at the second planning meeting. The second meeting took place right on the spot and people commented on architectonic proposals, which were positively accepted. The third meeting was focused on the introduction of citizens to the results of dendrological survey of the area. The comments and suggestions were forwarded to the processor of the study.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. Regeneration of the area is in compliance with current planning scheme of the town, which aims to create preconditions for comprehensive solutions and spatial arrangement of the territory, and to coordinate interests and intentions of subjects within the locality, to protect natural and cultural heritage and civilisation values of the territory, as well as to support diversity and other aspects. Resting places which will support the relations between generations will be created, a place for children´s game and activities will be built in the area as well as peaceful residential zones for seniors and disabled citizens. There will be resting points, which will support inter-generation co-existence – and also there will be a space for children and adolescents to play as well as quiet spots for senior and disabled citizens. Not yet known, project is still under implementation Nevertheless it is expected, that the project will create a pleasant meeting point for the residents and will respect the quality of life of the population living in adjacent buildings. Newly revitalized place will extend the offer of active leisure time activities and will improve the function and safety of greenery in use.

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. Not yet known as the project is still under implementation Nevertheless it is expected, that the project will create a pleasant meeting point for the residents and will respect the quality of life of the population living in adjacent buildings. Newly revitalized place will extend the offer of active leisure time activities and will improve the function and safety of greenery in use.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. The project "Regeneration of Resting Point Pod Zbrojnicí" is the winner of LivCom 2009 Bursary Award. Each year The LivCom Awards presents a Bursary Award of up to 50 % of the cost of a Project that has a total cost of up to £20,000 and demonstrates the objectives of the LivCom Awards. The motto of the project is: “Act locally, think globally or, in other words, keep the future in your mind.”

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    There are more than 6 000 people living in Dědina block of flats. The whole revitalization 3 -phases -process took 4 years and the total cost of the project was 11 200 000 EUR. It is one of the first completely reconstructed block of flats as far as the public spaces in Prague are concerned.

    Web site: www.livcomawards.com/2009-awards/bursary-award-2009.htm