City to select tenants for Náplavka cubicles

Spaces on both sides of the Vltava river will be offered to bidders

City Hall has announced an open tender for leases to operate the wall cubicles at Náplavka on Rašínovo nábřeží and Hořejší nábřeží. The main criteria are the quality of the project and its compliance with the overall concept of developing Prague’s Vltava waterfront.

The aim of the tender is to ensure “an interesting, attractive and authentic assortment” that contributes both to the quality of life and to strengthen the values of one of the most important public spaces in Prague, City Hall said. The selection procedure will be published on April 6.

“In addition to the rules for organizing short-term and one-off events, the selection procedure for the tenants of the cubicles is an important part of the updated strategy of using Prague’s waterfront. Its main purpose is to strengthen the quality of life not only on the banks themselves, but also in their surroundings, and to strengthen the values that make Náplavka exceptional,” City Councilor Jan Chabr (United Force for Prague) said. Chabr is responsible for municipal property.

The goal is to make the space useful for everyone while minimizing the impact.
“Our intent and vision is to create a sustainable concept for realizing authentic and attractive content that should be accessible to both Prague’s citizens and visitors, as well as being considerate to people who live nearby and, of course, to the environment,” Jiří Sulženko, curator of Náplavka for city property management firm Trade Centre Praha, said.

The selection procedure has one round. Applicants can apply for it within the next 30 days from April 6. The submitted projects will be judged by a committee of representatives of departments of Prague City Hall and representatives of groups that oversee the development of the waterfront.

Those interested in operating cubicles on Prague’s embankments must submit offers in accordance with the Strategy of the City of Prague, the Concept of Prague Banks and other strategic documents. The conclusions of the leases will, after the evaluation of the submitted projects, be approved by the Prague City Council in a standard manner.

The evaluation criteria for the selection procedure are transparently set up and divided into 4 areas: a) originality of the project and its link to the space and compliance with the values of the related strategic documents, b) the price, c) references and d) the plan for addressing the environmental impacts. Out of a total of 100 points, bidders can earn 50 points for originality and link to the Náplavka area, 30 points for the price, 15 points for references and 5 points for the concept of environmental impact.

The submitted projects must meet the priority values of the individual embankments. For Hořejší nábřeží it is the neighborhood, craftsmanship and authentic content for cultural tourism, for Rašínovo nábřeží it is urban culture and compliance with the Prague Strategic Plan, specifically with the point to cultivate and revitalize the central part of the city.
Detailed information on the selection procedure will be posted on the official board of Prague City Hall and on the real estate portal on April 6 and subsequently on the Trade Centre Praha website and the Náplavka website at www.prazskenaplavky .cz.

The cubicles themselves will be ready for delivery at the end of May at Hořejší nábřeží, at the end of June at Rašínovo nábřeží.

Construction work in the cubicles began in 2018 and is still in progress, but the operation of Náplavka has not been significantly reduced. Their purpose is to strengthen the basic infrastructure, which has been insufficient since the area began to see a resurgence of interest eight years ago.

The biggest construction change so far has been at Hořejší nábřeží, where the connecting points for utilities have been expanded, allowing better technical arrangements for events or the operation of moored vessels.

After the 2019 season, the connection points of electricity, water and waste will be added to Rašínovo nábřeží as well.

Earlier this year, new rules were announced for Rašínovo nábřeží, limiting the number of events and setting noise rules. Every Sunday is a quiet day. Musical productions will be banned on Mondays and Tuesdays after 8 pm. Large events over 5,000 people will be allowed only once a month. On other days, events should end by 10 pm.

A planned pool set into the river, though, is on hold. City Hall says it is not a priority. The possible construction of the pool must be preceded by discussions with the public, professionals with the relevant state administration bodies before City Hall makes a decision.

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