Young City, Gdańsk, Poland

Development plan to transform the 22-hectare post-industrial site.

Whiteburn were commissioned by with Copenhagen based asset managers BPTO, to create and evaluate a new waterfront masterplan for the redevelopment of the historic Gdańsk shipyards, which had laid largelydormant and suffering neglect since closure in the mid-1990’s.

Our key aim was to conserve and rejuvenate and build around an impressive group of protected 1870’s dockside buildings, which housed and serviced the Kaiser’s imperial navy during the Franco Prussian wars, and the Director’s building where the formation of Lech Walesa’s Solidaritymovement lead to the downfall of the Iron Curtain in 1989.

Working with Gareth Hoskins Architects’ Polish office, we evolved a dynamic mixed use development plan to transform the 22-hectare post-industrial site into a gross development area of 450,000 sqm – for a range of new uses: flats, hotels, shops, offices, workers housing and even a new opera house!

Whiteburn’s masterplan and associated business plan enabled the introduction of new investors to the Young City Gdansk project, who continue to work with the City of Gdansk to secure the necessary infrastructure co-operation.