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Karousos: The biggest project in the budget is the new Cyprus Museum

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Καρούσοσ: Τομ εγαλyτερο μo το νeο Κυπριακo Μουσεiο

The new Cyprus Museum is the largest project in the state budget, amounting to €144 million, which proves in practice the support of the Nicos Anastasiades Government to culture, the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Yiannis Karousos, said on Wednesday.

In his greeting at the signing ceremony of the contract for the construction of the new Cyprus Museum, held at the existing Cyprus Museum in Nicosia, the Minister stated that “today is a historic day for our country, a historic day for our culture, a historic day for our cultural heritage, as we sign the contract for the construction of the new Cyprus Museum in Nicosia”.

According to a relevant announcement, Mr. Karousos referred extensively to projects implemented during the term of President Anastasiades and added that regarding projects for the culture of Cyprus and especially antiquities, the Ministry completed the upgrading of the museums of Paphos and Larnaca,  the unification of the archaeological sites of Paphos, and the unification of the archaeological sites of Polis Chrysochous and Larnaca is progressing.

In addition, he mentioned that the Museum of Enalia Archeology in Larnaca is progressing, while a significant number of ancient monuments  such as ancient monasteries, churches, chapels, fountains, watermills, etc. have been upgraded and restored in recent years.

Mr. Karoussos noted that the way to achieve a comprehensive tourist experience is to create reference points such as the new Cyprus Museum in Nicosia, which will be the flagship of Cyprus' reference points. “We aspire to make it the preeminent reference point of our country, but also one of the most important museums in the European area”, said the Minister.

It is, he said, a project that, with its special aesthetic, architectural and historical significance for an area, is a registered trademark, which will offer an experience to the visitor and will impress him. My prediction, said Mr. Karousos, is that it will become the number one tourist attraction in Cyprus and the first choice for millions of tourists. It will also, he continued, attract a significant number of visitors to the capital, with significant financial, social and cultural benefits.

He noted that it is very important that it will be among the most important museums in Europe both for its unique architecture, but also for its exhibits and the experience it will offer. Nicosia, he said, with this museum will be a point of reference and development on the European cultural map.

At the same time, he added that the new Museum, with a total area of ​​30,000 sq.m. (including basements), will be built on a plot of land, on the site of the old General Hospital, with an area of ​​40,000 sq.m. opposite the House of Representatives and despite the existing Cyprus Museum and the Nicosia Municipal Theatre.

It will include permanent exhibition spaces of 5,500 sq.m. which will host around 6,500 antiquities, 1,000 sq.m periodical exhibition spaces, educational program areas, 2,000 sq.m maintenance workshops, underground parking spaces, 5,000 sq.m antiquities warehouses, restaurant, cafeteria, library, auditorium, offices, art shop and extensive outdoor landscaping.

The landscaping works will also include a public square with a fountain, which will mark and enhance the new, improved image of the urban center. In addition, the Minister noted that the contract also includes restoration/maintenance works of a listed building and the demolition of other existing buildings.

Mr. Karousos stated that the project has been awarded to the consortium “Iacovou – Cyfield (M) Joint Venture” for a contract amount of €143,924,216 including VAT. The construction work of the project, he said, will start in January 2023 and will be completed within 42 months and the contract provides for a maintenance period of two years and a provision for negotiation for 10 years of maintenance.

It is noted that after the completion of the construction works, a period of 18 months is provided for the completion of the museographic works, including the transportation and installation of the exhibits. Therefore, the delivery of the Museum is expected in 60 months.

Mr. Karousos stated that the detailed study of the project and the tender documents were prepared by the Architectural Office “Theoni Xanthi XZA Architects LLC” after by an architectural competition, under the coordination of the Department of Public Works and the contract of the study includes a provision for the supervision of the project. The project, the Minister continued, was subcontracted by the Department of Public Works, which will also undertake the coordination, supervision and management of the contract.

Finally, the Minister thanked and congratulated all the contributors to this successful course that led to the signing of the contracts for the construction of the new Cyprus Museum.

Source: www.reporter.com.cy

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