Foundations for ArtN, the renaissance of an iconic factory in Poland

As part of the rehabilitation of the Norblin site, a former factory in Warsaw, Soletanche Polska has won the design and construction work on the foundation arrangement.

Soletanche Polska is contributing to this major rehabilitation project in the Polish capital by installing diaphragm walls, barrettes, and jet grouting. In the first phase, the teams are designing the foundation system and carrying out preparatory work on site. Constructing the foundations, with an average depth of 32m, is scheduled to be done on a tight timetable between February and October 2018.

With nine storeys and four underground levels, the operation will have BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certification and will provide 64,000m2 of floor space: 40,000m2 of class A office space (from the third to eighth floors) and 24,000m2 of services, retail, and cultural space (from the first basement level to the second floor). Some 11 historic buildings, along with 44 machines and pieces of equipment from the former factory will be preserved so that the complex will retain a trace of its past. The end result will be a shopping centre, offices, a museum about the former Norblin factory, restaurants, and spaces open 24/7. The underground parking on the third basement level will have room for 750 cars, and ArtN will have Poland’s first totally automatic bike park with 200 spaces.

The future complex will help set the new architectural standards in Warsaw, and Soletanche Polska will help shape the urban landscape for the decades ahead. Delivery for the whole site is scheduled for December 2020.