Sport Centre inaugurated at the University of Technology

A high-standard sport facility was inaugurated at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Instead of the old gymnasiums of poor state the students and the residents of the district can now do their sporting activity at the highest level and in a nice environment.

The centre was officially opened by István Tarlós, Mayor of Budapest, the Olympians, László Cseh and Vid Hídvégi attended the event.

The sport facility located in the centre of the campus, retrofitted from an earlier hall and furnished with the latest sport equipment covers an area of 3,000 square metres, comprises 2 bigger halls for gymnastics and futsal, 4 squash courts, furthermore a room for combat sports (judo, yoga), a hall for fitness and condition training, a room for aerobic, spinning and wall-climbing, and a section for futsal.

The capacity of the complex is huge, the university expects to get 10,000 visitors per week, at one time the facility can hold hundred and fifty people to comfortably do their sporting activity.

Forrás: Újbuda Média


Structural Works of the Music Academy completed

Liszt tér saw a topping-out ceremony on 2 August on the occasion that the supporting structures reached their highest point, thus the structural works of the building were completed.

In his speech András Batta Rector pointed out that the Music Academy shall be completely retrofitted from cellar to roof with the help of the latest technologies and upon keeping the old traditions. He referred to the fact that the contract for execution was signed with the consortium of Arcadom Zrt – Laki Zrt – Swietelsky Magyarország Kft on 26 August 2011 and the real building works started in September. According to the schedule the academic year will start here in Autumn 2013.

The retrofitting of the ‘Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, the reviving centre of the European higher education of music realized with European Union subsidy – together with the building called ‘Ligeti György’ in Wesselényi utca – will be executed in co-financing with the European Regional Development Fund with a budget of some 11 billion Forints. The building on Liszt tér built in cooperation with the designers Flóris Korb and Kálmán Giergl and the static engineer Szilárd Zielinsky will be retrofitted pursuant to the plans of Éva Magyari, Béla Pazár, Ferenc Potzner. As the building built in 1907 has to carry new loads, Swietelsky Magyarország has placed 1,200 borings in the ground, which are filled with concrete. This foundation helps to support the almost 26-ton steel structure erected at the end of July, which spans over the concert hall and which will accommodate the units, equipment necessary to the air-conditioning of the Big Hall. ‘2,500 m3 of rubble was transported, while 3,000 m3 concrete and 450 tons of steel structure were built in’ referred the rector to the volume of the building works.

‘The highlight of the work is still to come’ pointed out Árpád Bognár, Managing Director of Swietelsky Magyarország Kft, referring to the remaining tasks of facility installation, electricity, acoustic insulations, wall covering, interior architecture and restauration. Péter Laki, Director of Laki Épületszobrász Zrt said in case of a work of this magnitude it was not sufficient just to have a fair contract, and to get through the labyrinth of legal rules and public procurement, but the building has got to make an impression on us as well. – he added. Many of the building workers, such as the tower crane operator working brilliantly upon lifting the huge steel structures received a certificate of merit from the rector, afterwards Gábor Boldoczki, world famous trumpet-player and his student, István Siket played, while the bunch of flowers decorated with the ribbons of the designers, builders and of the university was raised. (In Medias Press Quintet also contributed to the happy atmosphere of the ceremony.)

The retrofitting of the ‘Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, the reviving centre of the European higher education of music realized with European Union subsidy – together with the building called ‘Ligeti György’ in Wesselényi utca – will be executed in co-financing with the European Regional Development Fund with a budget of 11 billion Forints. The building on Liszt Square built in cooperation with the designers Flóris Korb and Kálmán Giergl and the static engineer Szilárd Zielinsky will be retrofitted pursuant to the plans of Éva Magyari, Béla Pazár, Ferenc Potzner.



Billion-forint medical-technology and IT development in Szekszárd

The foundation of Balassa János Hospital’s, in Tolna County, new block, implemented with 3,6 billion forint EU support, had ceremonially been placed on Thursday. Within the frames of the program, the hospital is enriched with billion worth instruments and equipments.

At the event, dr. Lajos Muth general director had welcomed the presented, including dr. Miklós Szócska, the secretary of state responsible for healthcare at the Ministry for Human Resources, and read the message for the future, placed in the foundation. At the ceremony Ferenc Tóth government agent and numerous hospital leaders and employees took part.

Dr. Miklós Szócska secretary of state, thanked the work of all of those, who dreamed and planned the investment or who are already working on its implementation. As he said, the hospital is the most important supply institution of the county, and in the spirit of this he wished the everyone good work, strength and patience, because it is not easy to conduct and EU project. Dr. Miklós Pálos, the deputy secretary of the county council, formerly maintaining the hospital, had emphasized, that who places the foundation, builds the future. Dr. Krisztina Török, the general director of the hospital maintaining GYEMSZI, expressed her hope, that the handover of the projects can be celebrated next summer.

At the press conference preceding the event it was said, that the aim of the investment is to replace the inefficient, unconnected building, which is unable to accept the modern medical-diagnostics. During the recent development another floor is going to be placed above the emergency department, which is built from other tender support and on the spot of the demolished nurse hostel a three-storey wing is going to be built, which will be connected with operating room blocks.

Billion-forint medical technology and IT improvements are carried out. In the block, built until 2013, 93 patient beds will be placed. The cardiology, neurology and nephrology department will be placed there and the central intensive care unit can be expanded with 12 beds. More than 100 types of medical instruments and equipments, including MRI, 3 X-rays and 4 ultrasound equipments and the related IT tools will serve the healing of the patients. Later, we would like to place the general internal medicine, the pulmonary and oncology departments the same way.

The capsule based in the foundation had been placed permanently in the foundation stone by the employers of the LAKI Zrt., with the cooperation of Lajos Béres deputy-director. Beside the message for the future, the layout of the investment, the support contract, the background material of the project and the People’s Magazine of Tolna from Thursday had been placed in the capsule.

After the ceremony, to our question about the continuation, Dr. Miklós Szócska answered, that he is confident, that on the following EU planning period, the health care will receive priority. – In any case, we plan to continue the modernization of the health care – said the secretary of state.



’Invisible, Tacticle’ Blank Map Sculpture in Szentendre

Within the frames of ’Invisible, Tacticle’ projects, the local Rotary Clubs, with supporters behind them, install a three-dimensional, “tactile blind map” which represents a part of a city view or outstanding architectural or natural endowments in an artistic form. The map (sculpture) gives an opportunity for the weakly seeing of blind people to be able to live (feel) the parts of the built or natural environment real, which would otherwise provide enjoyment only for seeing people. The map, part form the display of specific spatial forms contains a description with the international punctuations (Braille signs) of blind and weakly seeing.

Naturally, it is only worth to set up such map, where a lot of tourists, as well as residents looking for relaxation, so such artwork is cannot just provide an experience for visually limited people, but for all passers, it is especially interesting for children, it is instructive, and an artwork which can be directly experienced.

Such blind map had been set up in Pécs, Kecskemét, Szolnok, Budapest, at the Vigadó square, as well as opposite the Matthias Church and also in numerous foreign cities.

The installation of the stone pedestal, bronze sculpture presenting the downtown of Szentendre from the Bükkös bank to the Church-hill, as well as from the Reformed church to the Danube, will be set up between the Main square and Bükkös stream in the renovated Jenő Dumtsa street, near the Tourist Information office. For the construction of the artwork we asked Ervin Páljános sculptor.

The 2 million forint budget project’s financial background had been obtained by the Rotary Club in Szentendre, beside the traditional Advent mulled-wine sale, with the payments made by members, from the contributions of the Rotary Clubs in France and from the support of the following companies and institutions:

● OTP Bank Ltd.
● Lectorate of Hungarian Institute for Culture and Art (Ministry of national Resources)
● Laki Sculpture Building Co.
● Szamos Confectionery
● Self-Government of Szentendre
● Big Ben Teahouse
● Vincze Paper Drawing Workshop


The Esterházy Mansion in Fertőd had been renewed

The government is committed to take through the renewal of the Esterházy Mansion in Fertőd - said Ferenc Zumbok governor on Wednesday at the consigning ceremony of the first phase of the mansion reconstruction.

"The prime minister reckons the further development of Eszterháza as a personal matter" - said the governor. Ferenc Zumbok emphasized: The cultural spirit of Eszterháza has to be perpetuated, this aim is served by the intention, under which we would like to turn the baroque palace complex into a Central-European cultural center.

Miklós Fényes Esterházy had started building the residency 250 years ago, which can be compared to the European royal households and hosting arts. The reconstruction, which started more than 2 years ago is supported by the European Union. On the first phase of the reconstruction 1.5 billion forints had been spent. From this source, the facade of the mansion building had been renewed, the interior had been dressed in new gown, and the courtyard had been embellished. The restorers had reconstructed for example the gems of the baroque mansion: the summer dining room, the summer cooling area, furthermore the ceremonial hall and the music hall. In the latter Joseph Haydn had played nearly for three decades. The court had been parked; the formerly large gravel area had been grassed and planted with flowers.

During the ongoing reconstruction of the second phase, the Chinese lacquer cabinet is going to be renewed, the winter garden is going to be renovated and a host building is going to be built with hospitality areas from about 2 billion forint costs.

For the third reconstruction phase, the National Monuments Guardianship had recently handed the tender in. The predetermined cost is 1.7 billion forint. In this reconstruction phase, they’d like to create the conditions of boosting the international emanating music culture. Beyond these, the former suite of Maria Theresa is going to be renovated as well.

At the inauguration ceremony, the tribute to Joseph Haydn, the musician who heretofore composed within the walls of the mansion, with his rarely heard music, than the exhibition, deploying aristocratic child portrays from the 17-19. Century, had been opened, which can be visited until the 17th June.

Source: MTI
Photos: Batár Zsolt


"Up to the tower of the Bishop Fortress! The new visitor center is opening too"

The visitor center had been handed over, which had been realized within the frames of the “Lébény-Győr - Káptalandomb complex tourism attraction development” tender.

"The Káptalandomb can become a real tourist destination through the now completed improvements. The tower of the Bishop Fortress and the Basilica museum can also be visited. The guests are welcomed in the Ferenc Zichy Visitor Center.

Within the frames of the „Lébény- Győr-Káptalandomb complex tourism attraction development” tender, the European Union supported the 670 million HUF investment with 561 million HUF. During the renovations, the so far could not have been visited, valuable historic buildings become cultural and tourist destinations to be visited by the public. The refurbishment of the buildings had been preceded with comprehensive architectural, art history and archeological researches, revealing numerous hidden values.

Dr. Lajos Pápai bishop emphasized that Ferenc Zichy was an outstanding figure of the reconstruction after the Turkish times, it is no coincidence that the visitor center is named after the former bishop of Győr. He added, that beyond the introduction of the sacred values, the view from the tower of the Bishop Fortress provides a wonderful experience.

With the investment of the Diocese of Győr the renewal of the facade and roof of the Szent Jakab (St. James) Roman Catholic church had been implemented, as well as the establishment of the Szent Jakab (St. James) Pilgrim House by renovating the old historic parish building. In Győr, the historic building of the 11. Káptalandomb had been renovated and a museum dealing with the history of the Diocese of Győr had been established, with a shop for devotional objects on the ground floor. The building of the 13. Káptalandomb is the heart of the Visitor center, where the tourists arrive. In the building an information center had been placed, where the tourists can buy tickets to visit the sights on the Káptalandomb, as well as the guided tours start here as well.

The two-storey, 19th century premise, North from the tower of the Catherdal had been transformed to a representative exhibition space. The tower of the Bishop Fortress will be open to the public as a vantage point. In the tower premises along the staircase exhibition halls have been developed. At the Káptalandomb such treasures, pilgrimage destinations can be found, like the herm of Szent László (St. Ladislaus), the picture of the Weeping Virgin Mary or the tomb of Vilmos Apor. As a novelty, the facial portrait, of St. Ladislaus, based on his skull, can be viewed. On the way to the tower opf the Bishop Fortress, the relics of Hungarian saints, including St. Ladislaus’ and St. Stephen’s can be discovered.

At the inauguration the investment had been praised by Sándor Széles government agent and Róbert Balázs Simon deputy mayor highlighted, that Győr became richer with an outstanding tourist offer. The Ferenc Zichy Visitor center opens its gates for the public on the 22nd May."

Source: Győr24
Photos: Szabó Béla Öttevény


The Interior Designer of the Year Award at MOM

The award, founded by Péter Laki in 1998 had been handed over for the fourteenth time, which ceremony had been provided at MOM Cultural Center this year.

At the event Zoltán Pokorni, the mayor of the Hegyvidék Government took part and made speech as guest of honor. Furthermore Dr. József Finta Kossuth-prize architect, György Fekete Kossuth-prize architect, the president of Hungarian Academy of Arts and Tamás Noll the president of the Hungarian Chamber of Architects took part on the event.

"It is easy to open a shop, but it is difficult to keep it open. This was said by one of my friends who was a shop owner. It is something similar with the awards as well. The Interior Designer of the Year Award steadily rewards in every year, 14 years ago, the most deserving interior designer. This year I’d like to again thank Rózsa Csavarga that she conjured the new MOM Cultural Center so fantastically beautiful with her plans, I am proud that she also in 2012 won the Interior Designer of the Year Award." - said Zotlán Pokorni.

„The Interior Designer of the Year” honorable award is yearly adjudicated by the Hungarian Chamber of Architects Interior Designer Section, for the interior designer work from the completed designers of the given year, which deserves it. Within the professional jury led by Dr. József Finta, the professional associations of Hungarian Chamber of Architecture, the Hungarian Academy of Arts, Hungarian, Hungarian Artists, Fine- and Applied Arts and Hungarian Interior Designers represent themselves. The professional award established by the initiative of Péter Laki, means, beyond the professional recognition, one million forint reward for the award-winning interior designer.

The award ceremony is closed, but the exhibition from the proposed works can be viewed for the public until 31stMay 2012 at the MOM Cultural Center.



Laki Zrt, the finishing contractor in Tihany

The public procurement published for the finishing works of Tihanyi Legenda Project was allocated to Laki Épületszobrász Zrt. The relevant contract has recently been signed at the Mayor’s Office of Tihany.

Following the long preparatory works the municipality of Tihany village launched this year the project titled ‘Tihanyi Legenda’ (Legend of Tihany), the decision on the special allocation thereto was passed by the government already in 2010. As part of the project the main square of the village on Lake Balaton will be renovated, thanks to it a visual connection to the abbey will be established. From the renovated centre the asphalt surfaced streets will disappear and paving stone surface meeting the environment requirement and green area will be created on the historic streets. Under the project Pisky sétány (Pisky promenade) between Ófalu (Old Village) and the Abbey will be completely renovated. The street in Ófalu will also receive new surface, thus the ancient buildings can be then approached in an aesthetic surrounding. Thanks to the Tihanyi Legenda Project a new tourist attraction will also be created, as by retrofitting the earlier demolished Kálvária (Calvary) buildings the village will be richer with another attracting sight.

The Tihanyi Legenda Project of 793 million forint on total also aimed at extending the tourist season (KDOP-2.1.1/A-09-2f-2010-0001) receives 599 million forint support from the European Union and the Hungarian State through the Central-Transdanubian Operative Programme (KDOP). The relevant support contract thereon was signed in June by Imre Tósoki, Tihany’s mayor and Balázs Temesvári, Director of the Central-Transdanubian Regional Development Agency.

The works in Tihany did not stop during the term of the public procurement procedure aimed at selecting the party for the finishing works, as the owner evacuated last summer the building of the phone exchange centre from the socialist realism era destined for demolition, thus the demolition thereof can soon start.

The parties involved in the project have again admitted to try to schedule the investment of high importance in Tihany’s life so that it will hardly disturb the guests arriving in the tourist season. According to the initial plans the renovation works in the village on Lake Balaton can be completed by spring 2013.

Source: Ring Magazin