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Czech city launches contest to transform sports arena

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The city of Pardubice in the Czech Republic has launched an open international competition to redevelop its Dukla arena

The anonymous competition seeks a long-term phased masterplan to transform the ageing 85,000m² athletics track into a new multifunctional sports complex, expected to complete in 2030.

Constructed after the Second World War as a home venue for local athletics team Red Star Pardubice, the Socialist-Realist-style arena today hosts several sports clubs and receives around 30,000 visitors every year.

Focusing on track and field, basketball and handball, the upgraded city centre facility will feature a £7.3 million indoor athletics hall and a 2,500-capacity multi-use arena.

Accommodation for gymnastics, martial arts and other sports will also be included, alongside outdoor pitches, a restaurant, offices and physiotherapy areas.

City mayor Martin Charvát said: ‘We have a unique opportunity here to develop a site with a total area of 85,000m²  in order to create a multifunctional sports complex of national importance, which will be open year-round not only for top-level sportsmen and women, but also for the general public.

‘The complex will completely revitalise this partly derelict location – a large and valuable site close to the city centre, offering excellent transport access and strong potential for development.

‘This represents a unique opportunity for us to create a sports facility that is not merely functional, but also showcases high-quality architecture. A modern European city like Pardubice deserves no less than this.’

The two-stage contest is open to teams based within the European Union. There is no entry fee, and judges include Charvát and Czech architects Jitka Ressová, Ondrej Teplý and Edita Lisecová.

The winner – set to be announced in October – will receive a £26,000 prize and a design contract for the masterplan and first phase worth around £350,000.

A site visit is planned at 10am local time on 13 May. The deadline for submitting proposals is 5pm on 4 July.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Pavla Pannová

Tel: +420 466 859 151
Email: duklasportovni@mmp.cz


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