Conservation of the facade

Stage 4–8

Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera receives an EU subsidy

On 3 Februatry 2012 the Minister of Culture and National Heritge of Poland signed an agreement with the General Director of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera concerning the provision of funds for the next stage of the conservation of the opera house’s facade.

The subsidy will be used to conserve the fragment of the facade that has not been renovated to date. What is more, security systems will be installed inside the building. The plasterwork will be secured and replaced where needed, the metalwork renovated, reliefs conserved, door carpentry restored and conserved, terraces fitted with protection mesh, security systems acquired and installed, and a notification network for stage managers put in place. 

The work will cost over PLN 23 milion. The EU subsidy will provide PLN 15 milion. 

Between 2007 and 2013 the funds provided under the Infrastructure and Environment Programme’s Priority 11: Culture and National Heritage helped to implement 58 projects, costing in total over PLN 3.4 bilion, out of which PLN 2 bilion was provided by structural funds.

A list of all the investments may be found on www.poiis.mkidn.gov.pl.

Source: Rzeczpospolita

Schedule

Name of the project: Conservation of the facade of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. Stage 4–8. No. POIS.11.01.00-00-062/11. The project is part of Activity 11.1. Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage of Supraregional Significance, Priority Objective 9: Culture and Cultural Heritage of the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme 2007–13.

Description of the project:

The Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera became a beneficiary of the programme on 3 February 2012. 

Agreement No. POIS.11.01.00-00-062/11-00 was signed under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme 2007–13 (Activity 11.1. Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage of Supraregional Significance, Priority Objective 9: Culture and Cultural Heritage).

The EU subsidy will be used to finanse the conservation of a fragment of the facade that has not been renovated to date. In addition, security systems will be installed inside the building.

The renovation of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera aims to protect cultural heritage of supraregional significance. 

Title of the project:

Conservation of the facade of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. Stage 4–8.

Beneficiary:

Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme:

Priority Objective 9: Culture and Cultural Heritage, Activity 11.1. Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage of Supraregional Significance

Total cost:

PLN 23 285 534.60

European Regional Development Fund subsidy: 

PLN 15 183 532

Implementation time:

January 2007–December 2013.

Scope:

Renovation and conservation of the facade of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera; purchase and installation of specialist security systems and a notification system for stage managers. 

Objectives and benefits:

The project’s objective is to protect cultural heritage of supraregional significance by way of renovation and conservation of the historical seat of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera and installation of specialist equipment in the building. 

The project aims to improve the state of preservation of the building and help make more effective use of historical architecture of national and international significance. 

State of play

July 2013 saw the final acceptance of the the plasterwork, stonemasonry and metalwork. The work was done to the building’s facade as seen when looking from the Teatralny square, Piłsudskiego square, and Moliera street. The renovation also included internal patios, the elevation of the courtyard, and the box set. To see the effect, compare the before and after photographs in the Gallery below. 

What is more the security systems in the opera house have also been modernised. A sound alarm notification system has been put in place. In separate fire zones, loudspeakers have been installed and so has the main control desk. Inside the building the POLON system of fire alarm notification has been further developed and systems responsible for fire safety integrated. 

For the first time since 1965 the notification network for stage managers has been modernised. The installation of partyline wireless communication devises have been completed, while video cameras enabling the view of the proscenium and the backstage have been put in place. Stage managers’ and conductor’s desks have been modernised. 

(last updated: 9 January 2015)

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