City of Split Making Center More Accessible at Silver Gate and Prokurative

Daniela Rogulj

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The project will make the center of Split more accessible for people with disabilities. 

Banovina (City of Split Administration) announced the decision on the most favorable offer in the public procurement procedure for works that would improve access to frequented locations within Diocletian’s Palace and the old city center. This would especially benefit people with disabilities, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on January 17, 2019. 

The job was awarded to Split companies “Piel” and “Visoko potkrovlje” who jointly competed for this contract with the city administration. The project is worth 2.1 million kuna.

The contract includes procuring and installing elevators in the Center for Culture and Lifelong Learning “Golden Gate” (Zlatna Vrata) at Diocletian’s Street, and ramps and lift platforms on the upper approach to Prokurative from Marmont Street and the exit from the square to Veli Varoš, and a vertical lift platform at the Silver Gate inside Diocletian’s Palace. 

This project is precisely about implementing “Usefall”, an EU project the City applied for, which is specifically a part of the Italy-Croatia Cross-Border Cooperation Program, aimed at the accessibility of sites under UNESCO protection for all citizens and visitors. When Brussels ‘blessed’ the project, Split received a non-refundable 270,000 euro for its implementation.  

In addition, the project includes the creation of informational maps on the availability of cultural facilities for persons with disabilities, organizing workshops for tourist guides, representatives of associations and cultural institutions to inform them about the existence of these maps, supplementing the existing information system on cultural monuments by adding sound content, creating braille models for blind and partially sighted people, and finally creating a video about Split.

The project will last for 18 months and is carried out jointly with partners from Italy and Croatia – the Ravenna City Administration, the Aquileia Foundation, the “Venetian Heritage” cluster and the City of Poreč.

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