Westgate Split: Construction of Tallest Skyscraper in Croatia Continues

Daniela Rogulj

The construction of the northern tower of the Westgate Split complex finally resumed, though part of the steel reinforcement already in place was affected by the hurricane bura which hit Split two weeks ago at a speed of 170 kilometers per hour, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on March 12, 2019. 

“A new contractor, the Austrian company “LSG group”, started today with preparations at the construction site, and will continue construction in a few days. The opening of the building will not be delayed and is planned, as previously announced, in the second half of 2020,” said Davor Pavlov, director of investor company “Westgate Tower”.

According to the modified project of architect Otto Barić, the second tower, originally designed with 17 floors, was permitted to build ten more levels, meaning that Split will be home to the tallest skyscraper in Croatia with a ground floor and 27 floors, reaching a total height of 115 meters.

From the 16th to 26th floor will be the Marriott Hotel with 190 rooms and four apartments. It will be the fifth from this luxury hotel chain in Croatia, though it will be the first “Courtyard by Marriott” in Croatia which is recognized worldwide as ideal accommodation for business travel.

The northern tower building, dubbed “Dalmatia”, has been idle for the past 15 months. According to the first announcements, the hotel should have received guests by Easter, though Westgate Tower d.o.o. revealed that it wouldn’t be ready until the second half of 2020. 

And there are many reasons. Not only did they have to wait to change building permits, which stopped the works at the end of 2017, but the overall dynamics of construction dictated business problems for construction company “Tehnika”, over which the Commercial Court in Zagreb opened a procedure on November 9. 

A new contractor was selected, the Austrian company “LSG group”, who praised this project on its website.

The contract for this hotel building with accompanying contents was signed with keys in hand, and the investment value will amount to about 260 million kuna. The investor expects top quality development and completion according to the plan.

“We are pleased to be recognized as a high-quality and competent contractor for this building,” said LSG, which built the 137-meter-high Skytower in Bucharest, the tallest building in Romania.

The completion of this skyscraper is eagerly awaited by the owners of numerous IT companies that opened in Split, which, due to their increasing scope of work and the growing number of employees, lack the appropriate business premises to accommodate their offices.

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