Today, Vilnius City Council approved the joint activity agreement between the municipality administration and the SE Turto bankas, and, at the same time, participation of the municipality in the implementation of the project of management of the old Vilnius Jewish cemetery in Snipiskes in Rinktinės Street. It is planned that Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports, which is situated in this place, will be adapted to the activity of Vilnius Congress Centre that meets international standards.
The SE Turto bankas is getting ready to reconstruct and expand by 2023 Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports that was built in 1971, and the municipality, meanwhile, is ready to protect and perpetuate the state-protected site of the old Vilnius Jewish cemetery in Snipiskes – the object that is situated in the access area to this building.
As part of the management of the territory of the cemetery, the installation of footpaths and flowering lawns is planned, also renovation of coatings/pavements, small architectural elements and lighting of the territory, installation of irrigation system for the territory, as well as performance of other necessary territory management works, such as renovation of existing retaining walls and stairs, installation of information signs on the local history. All works that are planned to be performed in the territory and protection zone of the site of the former cemetery have been harmonised with the Lithuanian Jewish Community and the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe. It has been agreed that this reconstruction would help to both protect the access area to Vilnius Congress Centre and to adapt it for cognition and use.
“The territory of the former cemetery will be managed in accordance with the principle of respect and tranquility, and by sticking to a particularly strict protection regime. Excavation works are not possible in the territory of the Jewish cemetery. For this reason, new pavements, a meadow and flower beds will be installed on the existing concrete slabs covered with a soil”, – explained Rūta Matonienė, Senior Advisor of the Department of Chief Architect of the City who presented the project to the Council.
For the same reasons, no new trees will be planted in this territory – the existing trees will be preserved. Footpaths and ramps will be also installed on the existing concrete slabs.
The new partners, all together, will manage the territory with an area of nearly 4 ha in which the old Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports also stands. The preliminary price of environmental management works for the entire territory of the former cemetery is 3.4 million euros. Part of Vilnius city municipality in the preliminary value of the project is about 2.35 million euros, and part of the SE Turto bankas – about 1 million euros.
The building of Vilnius Palace of Concerts and Sports will be expanded, according to the project prepared by Sigitas Kuncevičius design company, from 15.6 thousand to 18 thousand square meters, and will be adapted to the activities of Vilnius Congress Centre. The premises will be re-planned and will be adapted for conferences, congresses and other cultural events. The centre will be equipped with up to 10 conference rooms of various sizes, the largest congress hall will have 2,400 seats, up to 4,000 seats will be available for cultural events.
The preliminary term for the implementation of the whole project is 32 months from the date of signing the contract.
Information of Vilnius city municipality