PROJECTSTouristic development of Water tower in Brenner Park and its surroundings, Szombathely
Touristic development of Water tower in Brenner Park and its surroundings, Szombathely
Client: Local Administration of the City of Szombathely
Contractor: Homlok Építő Zrt.
Start of construction works: April, 2019
End of construction works: Expected end of construction
Short description of the project:
The modernisation of the water tower in Brenner Park, Szombathely has become more than timely, it is now an absolute necessity. This is due to the fact that in the last forty years, the lack of conservation has caused serious damage to the industrial building under local protection, a valuable element of the city’s architectural heritage. The 55 m tall water tower, with reinforced concrete supporting structure and a 800 cubic metre reinforced concrete water container was finished in 1926, however, in 1978, it was completely withdrawn from use. Besides the operations that aim for conservation, a complete renovation of the building will be carried out, and thus, it will be a part of the city’s touristic life. Thus, this project also serves as part of the region’s employment expansion and job creation efforts.
As a result of the renovation, new functional spaces, also attractive from a touristic aspect, will be constructed. On the accessible ground floor, a café, a gallery showcasing the building itself and the city’s history, and several event halls will be constructed. The wall pillars of the first floor, originally of an openwork design, will be constructed using glass walls all around, so this can be used both as a heated look-out point and an exhibition space in the future. The upper floors and the connecting spiral stairs of the water tower will be reconstructed, together with the upper look-out point at the top of the water tower. As part of the project, landscaping of the surrounding green areas will also be carried out. The nearby part of the park will get new playground elements, and the toy renting building of the Highway Code Park, part of the water tower area, will be reconstructed, too.