Poland’s new airport is going to be located 40km away from the city center of Warsaw. As it will be one of the biggest airports in the world, the plan is to service nearly 100 million passengers per year.
According to Mikołaj Wild, the Polish Secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure “the appearances of the main facade and the servicing structures of the airport will be chosen through the international competition that will run till the end of 2019. The winner of the contest will need to present a concept for a floor plan, amenities and overall appearances that would do CPK justice for a long period of 25 years, which means that the architectural vision needs to be backed up by creative, engineering and entrepreneurial calculations with utmost precision”.
The CPK airport (short for Central Communication Port) or Solidarity Transport Hub will be open by 2027. The size of the airoport is believed to be larger than New York City’s Manhattan.
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Solidarity Transport Hub (Polish: Centralny Port Komunikacyjny, CPK) is a megaproject of the Government of Poland aimed at the construction of a new, built-from-scratch airport which will be located approximately 40 km southwest of Warsaw, and is planned to replace Warsaw Chopin Airport. The planned launch of the port is 2027. At the beginning, the airport is to have two runways, and ultimately four. The port will initially have a capacity of 40 million passengers per year, and ultimately 100 million passengers. Travel time by train between Warszawa Centralna railway station and the airport will be 15 minutes.
The airport’s planned site is about 40km west of Warsaw, next to the village Stanisławów which is part of Gmina Baranów in Grodzisk Mazowiecki County. The Baranow commune occupies a significant part of the Grodzisk County and, despite its rural character, has an extensive road infrastructure. The A2 autostrada/motorway and railway lines run in the immediate vicinity of the potential construction site, and Wrocław (Expressway S8) and Poznań (national road No. 92) is nearby.
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Dariusz Sawicki, one of the CPK board members, stated that “the decision to host a global contest allows the Poles to think outside the box by welcoming foreign ideas which have already provided solutions to aspects the Polish teams previously hadn’t even considered (…) The board has dubbed the project a “communication hub” as the word “airport” wouldn’t be sufficient enough to measure its grandeur”.
The construction project is due to start in 2 years and cost between EUR 4.65bn and EUR 7bn, according to an estimate given by an infrastructure ministry official last year. The CPK will be a huge complex of shops, hotels and transportation options as well. It is planned to replace Warsaw Chopin Airport.
It’s not an easy project. But we wish luck to Poland for such a tough and important project.