Budapest’s Heart Bridge Abutment Areas and New Pest Promenade, Phases I and II

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Technical data

Building trades

railway and catenary design
utility design
electrical and mechanical design
telecommunication design
bridge and structural design

Principal

Budapest Főváros Főpolgármesteri Hivatal

Project value

2,200.00

Design value

121.00 millió Ft

Years of completion

2008 to 2011

Years of construction

2010 to 2011

The element of the Budapest’s Heart Programme called ‘Bridge abutment areas and new Pest promenade’ included the renewal of the Pest promenade running between the abutments of the Chain Bridge and the Erzsébet Bridge, which will encircle, as it were, the City Centre delimited by Kiskörút later with a promenade along the Danube, extending to the Liberty Bridge.
The main objective of Phase I, the modification of Március 15. tér, was to establish a spectacular public space of new quality, with an increased green area, suitable for relaxing, looking around and establishing catering establishments in the most attractive area of the Danube embankment, adjusting it to reduced traffic in the City Centre through the expansion of the Pest promenade and the extension of a contiguous path for cyclists along the Danube.
Phase II includes the renewal of the former Roosevelt, today Széchenyi tér and the connecting part of the promenade. Changing its traffic order also facilitates access by pedestrians and cyclists to the most frequented area visited by tourists, letting pedestrians cross the bridge from one side to the other, making the statues in the park accessible, and providing a possibility for enjoying the view of the Buda Castle even from the centre of the square. All this would be provided in a larger green area, also renewed in quality, making it more pleasant with natural coverings, water surfaces and street furniture.
Design was carried out by a consortium comprising FŐMTERV, Közlekedés Kft. and Város-Teampannon Kft. and led by FŐMTERV, in which we were responsible for the design of utilities, a tramway, a catenary and engineering structures.

DESIGN TASKS:

  • approval and tender designs for Phases I and II, obtaining of permits;
  • detailed design for Phase I.

PROJECT ELEMENTS:
Phase I: Március 15. tér

  • as a continuation of the promenade, widening of the pedestrian space in Petőfi tér;
  • establishment of a pedestrian crossing towards Március 15. tér;
  • continuous pavement under the Erzsébet Bridge;
  • modification at the junction with Belgrád rakpart in connection with Phase II of the New Main Street of the City Centre;
  • extension of the bicycle path in Apáczai Csere János utca and its integration into the bicycle path network;
  • refurbishment of the park in the place of the previous parking spaces and green area with a small ‘botanical garden’ and a rose garden;
  • installation of heated glass sheets over the Roman ruins area (Contra-Aquincum) presentation site;
  • refurbishment of the Piarist block and establishment of commercial units;
  • design street furniture: installation of 46 benches, including the longest one in the city, 12 stainless steel turning chairs, refuse bins and bicycle parks;
  • engraving the Roman Limes into the stone paving and the former riverbank of the Danube into the paving of the square;
  • moving water jets and fountains for refreshing the climate;
  • statues: relocation of the statues entitled ‘The Fight of Barbarians with the Romans’ and those of St. Kinga and St. Hedvig by Tar István to the stairs of the Piarist church;
  • full upgrading of utility lines;
  • installation of new public and area lighting.

PROJECT RESULTS:
As a result of the project, Phase I was completed. The square belongs to pedestrians, cyclists, local residents and visitors again. Tourists can become familiar with history under their feet; looking up from the ancient ruins and the drawing of the former riverbank of the Danube, can enjoy, unhindered, the panorama of the Buda Castle, taking a rest from the bustle of shops in the City Centre or a long stroll on the Danube promenade on custom-designed benches or under the sunshades of catering establishments – doing all this in a modern engineered environment, which is also renewed in its infrastructure elements, traffic order and fully refurbished utility networks.