Presentation of a Sports-Business Center "Lora" in Split
25. October 2007
"The Lora" sports and business center, which will include a multifunctional sports hall for the purpose of hosting the World Handball Championship in 2009, was presented today to the public of Split and Croatia. This is a joint project of the Konstruktor and Dalekovod companies and the Civil Engineering Institute of Croatia. The project was presented by the mayor of Split, Ivan Kuret, director of the "Sport City TPN" Consortium Vice Dodig, the chief projector of the Civil Engineering Institute Dražen Pejković and architect Saša Begović from the architecture Studio 3LHD.
The "Lora" sports and business complex is situated in the area of the former military harbor in Split and it will consist of a big sports hall of 27.000 m2, commercial space of a total of 35.000 m2, parking space of 44.000 m2 and a business tower of 28.000 m2. The central part of the complex is a multifunctional sports hall which will have the capacity to seat 12.000 people. The hall will be used for sporting as well as entertainment and business events. The complex is based on the design project by Studio 3LHD that won the tender. The awarded work distinguishes itself by architectural characteristics such as simplicity of lines combined with the Mediterranean ambiance of a high atrium, narrow passages and shadow.
Vice Dodig, director of "Sport City TPN", announced the start of construction of a 140 mil EUR complex that will be finished in two stages; the sports part by December 30, 2008 and the commercial part of the complex by December 2010. Representatives of the City, Konstruktor and Studio 3LHD jointly confirmed that the sports hall will be finished by the deadline and thus Split will be able to host the international handball elite.
Mayor Ivan Kuret pointed out that this project is one of the principal investments in Split following the Mediterranean Games, which took place almost 30 years ago. He added that the construction of the multi-purpose hall will put Split on the map of international cities with high-quality sports infrastructure.
The entire Croatian handball team and representatives of the Croatian Handball Association were present at the presentation of the future complex that took place at its future location.