University of Hradec Králové (UHK) has started initial steps to build brand new pavilion for its Faculty of Science. Rector Josef Hynek signed the construction contract at the end of January 2015 with the winning contractor Gemo Olomouc. The work should be finished by the end of September 2016.
After the building operation will be completed, the whole building will be equipped with furniture, audio-visual equipment and modern laboratory technology. The new facility should serve students and researchers from September 2017. Price of the construction works is 345 million including VAT. Nearly another 100 million will be spent on the equipment. The event will be funded from the state budget, partly from the university own resources.
“Commencement of the construction is one of the most important milestones in the development of the university," highlights the importance of the new scientific pavilion the rector professor Josef Hynek. “The new building will significantly expand the university campus, will became more lively thanks new students and employees who relocates from existing buildings. These we will be able either sell or offer for use to other parts of our university, which rent various properties around the town. This will save resources and increase the efficiency of operation of the whole school. And the very fact that in Hradec Králové is being constructed new university building at almost half a billion, is an important signal of the prospects of the university," concludes the rector. At the Faculty of Science UHK currently studies approximately 700 pupils in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree level in programmes including biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, informatics, etc.
The continually developed campus of the University of Hradec Králové "Na Soutoku” (At the Confluence) located at the heart of the town consists now of two buildings, the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Informatics and Management that were gradually opened in 1997 and 2008. The new pavilion of the Faculty of Science will join the existing buildings, thus creating a small square of the gradually built university town. "This area is in the architectural plans called the Academic Square and should, thanks to a large relaxing area and a fountain, create one of the main meeting places for young people staying on the campus," says about the concept chancellor of the university Ondřej Tikovský.
However, the third building on the open meadows near the confluence of rivers Labe (the Elbe) and Orlice (the Eagle) will not be the last building of the university campus. Future plans count with a modern sports hall that should serve as a base for activities of all universities seated in Hradec Králové and the public alike.
The ceremonial laying of the foundation stone is expected to take place in early April 2015. On this occasion the University and the contractor will share further details about this project.
Computer vizualization of the new scientific pavilion