The contract is signed. Construction of the Gdynia Maritime University Sports Centre begins

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Press release of Gdynia Maritime University of Gdynia 02.08.2022

Already in 2024, students will be able to use the modern GMU Sports Centre. Today, a contract was signed with the contractor of the investment – the Polish company Budimex S.A. The ceremony was attended by the Rector of the Gdynia Maritime University, Prof. Adam Weintrit, PhD, DSc, Eng., Mariusz Hurylski, Director of the Northern Branch, and Radosław Ślesar, Director of Region 1, representing the General Contractor, “Budimex S.A.”.

– The construction of the Sports Centre for students of Gdynia Maritime University is an extremely important and priority task for the University responsible for educating maritime staff – emphasizes HM Rector Prof. Adam Weintrit. The construction, which will begin this week, is a necessary investment that the University community has been waiting for for several years, at the same time it will increase the attractiveness of the University. In our sports centre, priority will be given to students, doctoral students and employees of the University, but I am convinced that this facility will also serve the residents of Gdynia and will operate seven days a week, from morning to evening,” adds the Rector of the Maritime University.

– We are implementing the contract in the “build” formula. We plan to hand over the building to the Investor with an occupancy permit within 22 months from the date of signing the contract, i.e. by June 2024. As a General Contractor, we are a reliable partner, valued for keeping our contractual obligations. We engage proven partners/contractors and experienced engineering staff to implement the investment, guaranteeing quality and timeliness. – says Jakub Nagraba – Director of the General Construction Division at Budimex.  For the same investor, we are also carrying out the construction of the Offshore Center in Gdańsk, where the cooperation takes place in a good and professional atmosphere – adds Jakub Nagraba.

– The entire facility is designed to best suit our needs. An example is the space in a sports hall, which can be adapted to various sports or recreational activities as needed. For example, it can be quickly divided into three independent volleyball courts, each of which meets the requirements of the FIVB. If we add to this a climbing wall, fitness zone, sauna, it can be seen that thanks to this facility we will be able to significantly expand and make the offer of sports and recreational activities for our students and employees more attractive – emphasizes Dr. Andrzej Lachowicz, director of the GMU Sports and Recreation Center.


The GMU Sports Centre will include, m.in,

– a full-size sports hall with a climbing wall,

– 4 changing rooms with full sanitary facilities,

– a cloakroom for referees and employees with sanitary facilities,

– 2 rooms for trainers,

– service space,

– guest rooms for athletes, training staff with kitchenettes and bathrooms for 40 people,

– auditorium for 130 people,

– sanitary facilities for spectators,

– fitness area and gym,

– office space, conference room, technical space,

– underground car park with 49 spaces


Key figures:

– Footprint area: 2199.59 m2

– Cubic volume: 38,460.21 m3

– Total area: 6 983 m2

– Building height: 11.9 m

– Number of storeys above ground: 4

– Number of underground floors: 1

The architectural design was developed by ART Projekt  K&M Sp. z o.o.  
The investment will be carried out on the GMU campus at Morska Street, in the place of the previous sports hall demolished in 2020.  Due to the poor technical condition and high maintenance costs of the facility, the modernization of the hall turned out to be too expensive and pointless.

According to the Chancellor of the Maritime University, Filip Malata – the construction site for the GMU Sports Centre will be handed over on August 5, 2022. By the end of the year, preparatory, geodetic, earthworks, construction and installation works will be carried out. The opening of the sports complex is scheduled for the second quarter of 2024. The cost of the investment, including equipment, is approx. PLN 55 million. The investment will be implemented from own funds and the state budget, in the form of a targeted subsidy from the Ministry of Infrastructure.

Gdynia Maritime University also plans to build a new student dormitory, located in the immediate vicinity of the University’s main headquarters, which is a continuation of the construction of the Sports Centre as the second stage of the investment.

Information about Gdynia Maritime University

Gdynia Maritime University, a university with over 100 years of tradition. It educates future merchant fleet officers as well as engineering and managerial staff for the maritime economy and the coastal region at the bachelor’s, engineer’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The university provides supplementary education for officers and specialists in maritime economy and the second in Europe Executive Offshore Wind MBA studies.

The competitiveness of Gdynia Maritime University is m.in. both marine and land specialties. With its rich educational offer, GMU responds to the current needs of the demanding labor market. The University consists of 4 faculties: Electrical, Mechanical, Navigational, Management and Quality Sciences, including 9 fields of study.

GMU includes the Maritime Institute, within which the University develops its research, scientific and didactic activities. In 2023, the construction of the Offshore Center is planned to be completed, the task of which will be to create a local, Polish supply chain for the offshore industry.

Gdynia Maritime University is the owner of three ships: the world-famous sailing ship “Dar Młodzieży”, the modern research and training vessel “Horyzont II” and the research vessel “IMOR”, which is the first Polish vessel adapted to research the coastal zone and shallow floodplains.

Budimex S.A. is currently executing numerous contracts in the Tri-City m.in:

Construction of an Underground Car Park as part of the Central Park in Gdynia, construction of the CTM Laboratory and Workshop Building in Gdynia, creation of the Waterfront office and residential building in Gdynia. Construction of the Offshore Centre in Gdańsk for the needs of the Gdynia Maritime University, construction of the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk, expansion of the DCT 3 Container Terminal in Gdańsk, design and construction of the S6 Tri-City Metropolitan Bypass.


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