November 26, 2020 – The City has announced that the famous area in front of HNK Split, also known as Gajo Bulat Square, will be transformed.
Preparations for the tender announcement to choose the contractor for the transformation of Gajo Bulat Square have begun!
At the initiative of Mayor Andro Krstulović Opara, an amendment to the project documentation based on the first-prize winning competition work from 2016, authored by academic sculptors Đani Martinić and Frane Šitum and architect Damir Vujčić, was recently completed.
The project solution was adapted to the needs of the Croatian National Theater, more precisely to the needs of new theater space, because the way we live our lives has changed drastically due to the COVID -19 epidemic. Thus, it was concluded that the entire area of Gajo Bulat Square can be used as the Split Theater’s outdoor space. The project solution also has the approval of the Split Conservation Department.
The costs necessary to revamp the Square will be known after the public procurement procedure and will include the renovation of the staircase in front of the Croatian National Theater, the erection of a monument to Dr. Gajo Filomen Bulat, a Croatian revivalist and the mayor of Split, fountains showing the former sources of drinking water in the Dobri area, and the construction of a park with trees and lush shrubs.
It is important to note that the public area around the Gajo Bulat monument will be paved with stone slabs placed in semi-dry mortar on a reinforced concrete slab according to a static calculation.
“Gajo Bulat was the leader of the People’s Party of the Croatian municipality in Split and I believe that the time has finally come for him to get a lasting, tangible memory in his city. Together with the experts, the conservators, and listening to the citizens who have long called for the renovation of this most frequent entrance to the heart of the city, we have taken into account the possibilities, as well as the experiences of the epidemic in which we find ourselves. I believe that we will soon enrich this space with the figure of Gajo Bulat himself and greenery and water elements, but also arrange it for outdoor social events, as a new stage of our Theater,” said Mayor Andro Krstulović Opara.
A public tender for the works will be announced by the end of the week.
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