Reconversion of old shipyards
Revive and Alides, two Ghent-based property investors, have joined forces to transform the Imperial Shipyards in Gdansk, Poland, into a dynamic urban district, using a sustainable holistic approach and focusing on a high quality of life. The new area will be given the name Stocznia Cesarska.
Stocznia Cesarska in figures
- Total area (m²) 400000
- Area to be built (m²) 300000
- Number of residential units 3500
- To city centre on foot (min) 15
The master plan consists of a diversity of residential buildings offering a total of 3500 houses and apartments. Existing buildings of great heritage value will be completely renovated and will provide space for commercial premises, offices, culture, leisure and hotels. In addition, a new pedestrian promenade will connect the Imperial Shipyards directly to the city centre along the river.
"WHEN NICOLAS SIGNED THE CONTRACT AND BOUGHT THE IMPERIAL SHIPYARD, WE TOOK A CAB TOGETHER. BEFORE LEAVING, HE TOLD THE CAB DRIVER HE HAD JUST BOUGHT THE SHIPYARD. ON WHICH THE TAXI DRIVER TOLD ME MY FRIEND WAS DRUNK. WHEN I CONFIRMED THE STORY, THE TAXI DRIVER WAS CONVINCED WE WERE BOTH DRUNK!"
A rich and turbulent history
During the 1970s and 80s, many dock workers on the shipping yards revolted against the communist regime by organising strikes. During that period, the shipyard in Gdansk became the cradle of the Solidarity movement under the leadership of Lech Walesa, who later became president of Poland. In 1980, he negotiated the ground-breaking “Gdansk Agreement, which consisted of 21 demands from the shipyard workers and acknowledged the independent “Solidarnosc” trade union (Solidarity).This agreement ultimately led to the fall of communism in Europe.
The city of Gdansk is part of the Tri-City metropolis, the fourth largest urban region of Poland with approximately 1.4 million inhabitants.Tri-City is one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing regions in Poland. The Imperial Shipyard site is located north of the historical inner city. It is situated along the river banks of the river Wisla Martwa, at just 15 minutes on foot from the city centre.
Revive also worked together with Belgian artist Strook. He created a unique work of art made entirely from pieces of timber that were found on the shipyards.The artwork refers not only to the rich past of the site, but also symbolises the new urban design that is about to take place.