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Skanska completes largest Polish archive

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POLAND Skanska has completed the new home of the National Archives in Kraków, which according to the company is the largest complex of its type in Poland.

The low-energy buildings will house such documents as the city of Kraków Charter of 1257 and thousands of other parchments, among others bearing the royal seals of the Piast and Jagiellonian dynasties.

The new National Archives in Kraków consist of two interconnected buildings: an administration building with five above-ground storeys and an underground level, and an archive building with seven above-ground levels and one underground. The complex has a useable area of more than 14,400 sqm. In cooperation with the local conservation office, two historic buildings have also been restored.

The PLN 70 mln net contract was awarded to Skanska in mid-April 2017 and was funded entirely by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. It can house up to 70 km of files and over the next few months, it will receive 30 km of current files from institutions operating in Kraków and Małopolska province.

“The facility is one of the most modern buildings of its type in Europe designed for the permanent storage of archival materials. It was created based on systems used and experience gained in building new archives in Denmark and France. The investment is the largest of all those implemented so far in the state archives network and will serve as a model for subsequent ones currently planned for other state archives,” comments Paweł Ząbczyński, the chief specialist for the National Archives in Kraków.

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