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2019.12.31 13:00

Kaunas moves forward on ‘Science Island’

Austėja Masiokaitė-Liubinienė, BNS2019.12.31 13:00

The authorities of Kaunas, Lithuania's second-biggest city, have secured a construction permit for a science promotion centre project, Science Island, and plan to start building next year.

Kaunas Municipality said on Friday it planed to sign up a contractor in the summer. The construction is estimated to take 18-24 months, meaning that the National Science and Innovation Museum would open in 2022.

Tadas Metelionis, deputy director of administration at Kaunas Municipality, told BNS that the municipality's construction department is preparing to launch a call for tenders for construction work. “We plan it in the first quarter of 2020,” he said.

SMAR Architecture Studio's project ‘The Sun Never Sets for Science’ was picked as the winner of the 2017 architectural competition to present an idea for a science promotion centre.

The local authorities estimated earlier that the project would cost around 25 million euros, with 5 million euros expected from the central government, 10 million euros in EU funds from the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, and another 2.5 million euros from the EU funds distributed by the Interior Ministry. The local municipality and partners would allocate the remaining 5.5 million euros.

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