Anikó Kosztyu, the head of the department of the capital’s government dealing with prioritised construction matters, has given permission to the Mathias Corvinus Collegium to construct a new building complex and the necessary retaining walls, as well as to perform landscaping in the area.
The receipt of the construction permit for this enormous new building complex was interesting because it took place on April 1st, the last working day before the Hungarian parliamentary elections, essentially guaranteeing the construction of the building even in the case Fidesz did not come out on top in the elections, reports Népszava.
The government has classified it as a priority investment and, according to the government decree, 70 per cent of the area can be built-in with buildings up to ten storeys high.
According to Index, the Matthias Corvinus Collegium, a thinly-veiled pro-governmental organisation, launched the tender for the design of their new dormitory and educational centre back in 2021, and by March, they announced the winner.
Unsurprisingly, the winner of the tender was Napur Architect, an architecture company that has created designs such as the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography currently under construction in the Városliget (Budapest City Park) and other works, together with Hello Wood Zrt. and ZDA-Zoboki Design & Architecture, the latter of which is the renovator of the Hungarian State Opera and the Carmelite Monastery of Buda.
The Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) has been cultivating talent for a quarter of a century. MCC initially focused on embracing talented high school and college students, but their training offer has gradually expanded since the 2000s, and MCC has appeared in several parts of the Carpathian Basin outside the borders of Hungary.
Today, they offer development opportunities for all ages: they offer free training for talented students in primary and secondary school, as well as higher education, but also for young adults who have already graduated. MCC supports young people who are committed to the country, who want to do something for local communities, and who are responsible for their compatriots and their environment, to develop their talent, regardless of their financial, social, and cultural situation.
Index reports that Napur Architect finally undertook the preparation of full license and construction plans for the new main building, which includes a dormitory, an education and event centre, as well as offices, for 2.36 billion forints (€6.2 million).
According to the plans, the new building will be a palace built in honour of King Matthias on Gellért Hill’s white dolomite limestone pedestal.
Source: nepszava.hu, index.hu