Details on Hellenikon park out

The full details of the tender for the creation of what the government calls «the biggest metropolitan park in Europe,» on the site of the old Athens airport at Hellenikon, were made public yesterday. According to a Public Works Ministry statement, over 330 initial statements of interest have been submitted by architects, landscape architects and urban planners from Greece and abroad. The full proposals must be submitted by March 17 – 10 days after the elections – while the winning plan will be announced between April 2 and 5. Out of the old airport’s 530 hectares, 100 will be developed for housing, offices, shops, hotels, business centers and leisure activities covering a total of 1 million square metres. The rest will be turned into a park, preferably containing flora native to Attica. The old East Air Terminal, designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, will be preserved and turned into a conference center. The total cost of building the park has a 400-million-euro ceiling, while projected revenue from development must be at least 700 million.

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