Budapest’s Heart Representative Portal Area, Phases I and II


Technical data

Building trades

road design
traffic engineering
railway and catenary design
utility design
electrical and mechanical design
telecommunication design
bridge and structural design


Budapest Főváros Főpolgármesteri Hivatal

Project value


Design value

279.50 millió Ft

Years of completion

2008 to 2011

Years of construction

2010 to 2011

The development of a concept design for the Budapest’s Heart Programme began in 2006 with a shift in the urban development concept towards the coordinated management of area and transport development and differentiated, quality interventions.
Its main objective was to implement a pedestrian City Centre and to ban through traffic from the area within Kiskörút and József Attila utca, in connection with the partial reduction of traffic in the quarter extending to Nagykörút and the development of a parking system.
Phase I of the Representative Portal Area part of the Budapest’s Heart Programme includes the section of Károly körút from Astoria to Anker köz. In Phase II, constructed further to Andrássy út, it reaches Széchenyi tér, which is implemented under the part ‘Bridge Abutment Areas’ of the Budapest’s Heart Programme, in József Attila utca. With this, the image change in Kiskörút, started in connection with metro line 4, becomes complete, framing the renewed City Centre. Design was carried out by a consortium comprising FŐMTERV, Közlekedés Kft. and Város-Teampannon Kft., led by FŐMTERV.


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

Phase I: Section between Astoria and Anker köz:

  • 2x2 lane roadway with traffic engineering equipment;
  • bicycle paths on two sides, running in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic;
  • tramline and terminal with catenary and signalling system;
  • wide pavement on both sides with unique stone paving;
  • 9 pedestrian crossings;
  • green strips with tree rows along the centre and the two sides;
  • street furniture, moving water jets, fountains and statues;
  • upgrading of utility lines;
  • new public and area lighting.

Phase II: Deák tér, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út and József Attila utca

  • In Deák tér, the exit building of the metro is modified, and the square is cleared and becomes transparent.
  • Harmincad utca has mixed traffic. Its paving is levelled from wall to wall.
  • The bicycle paths and bus lanes continue in Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út.
  • Bicycle paths are constructed jointly with the bus lanes, with wider pavements, in József Attila utca.

The construction of Phase I was completed to the value of HUF 3.1bn. In addition to reducing traffic, the main considerations were to create a larger green area and tree rows, to focus on pedestrians and to create a possibility for cycling. All this was based on a tramline placed somewhat apart in the axis of the square: a 8 m wide pruned tree row and moving water jets made the previously predominating asphalt paving green and liveable between its two tracks. Cycling is possible along the two edges of the roadway, in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic. The tram terminal was reconstructed with the upgrading of its signalling system, a lead track with the possibility of continuing the line towards Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, and the fit-out of a control room and a lounge in the subway. Nine pedestrian crossings enhance unobstructed connection between the two areas. The pavements were widened throughout, making the area more attractive for pedestrians with tree rows on both sides, benches and fountains. A statue of Hermes was returned to the line of Gerlóczy utca. Traffic may use 2x2 lanes; in the centre, the left turning lanes and ramps leading to the underground parking garage of the City Hall, which are missing for the time being, were not constructed. The catenary is supported by public lighting poles erected next to the tramline. Up to Dohány utca, they have the same style as those in Vámház körút and Múzeum körút. From that point, they create a transition between the living history and modern worlds of the City Centre using Main Street type poles. A ‘K’ – ‘Kiskörút’ type artificial stone footpath paving is laid uniformly in the whole Kiskörút section, connecting and surrounding the City Centre from the Danube to the Danube, from the Liberty Bridge to the Chain Bridge. Utilities were reconstructed in the whole area, thus not only the street level, but also underground areas were upgraded.