"THE SHORE BELONGS TO ALL"

Sustainable revitalisation and resocialisation of the Medard site

Getting ready for funding through the Operational Programme Just Transition in cooperation with towns/cities/municipalities/region

Sustainable revitalisation and resocialisation of the Medard site

Getting ready for funding through the Operational Programme Just Transition in cooperation with towns/cities/municipalities/region

About the project

The project entitled “Sustainable revitalization and resocialization of the Medard site” presents a major breakthrough in the transformation of the region by making previously inaccessible areas around Lake Medard accessible to the public. Fot the first time ever, this reclaimed area will be made accessible to the public while public interests (biodiversity protection, accessibility and use) stay protected across the site as part of future development.

Project purpose

The aim of this project that seeks funding through the Operational Programme Just Transition is to build publicly accessible infrastructure, basic amenities and thematic educational elements around the lake.

The planned public infrastructure includes parking areas to be set up on the eastern and western sides of the lake; the entire site will also be interconnected along the southern and northern shores. Necessary visitor facilities will also be erected to make staying at the lake a more comfortable experience. Nature trails, information boards and visitor centres focusing on topics related to the area’s history, climate change and biodiversity protection will also be added to provide information, education and to raise awareness. The infrastructure under construction does not contain any elements that would serve any future capital projects.

Project philosophy and concept

The project is being developed in accordance with the vision “The shore belongs to everyone”. The way the area surrounding Lake Medard will be developed makes the shoreline freely accessible to the public while alleviating discomfort of the negative environmental impact of the coal industry for the benefit of Karlovy Vary Region residents.

The concept also aims to protect the shoreline and to ensure that it stays unaffected by any further development and remains freely accessible to the public in the future.

The project design envisages inclusive, sustainable, fair and environmentally responsible development of the area and contributes to achieving biodiversity and social objectives through establishing conditions for leisure and sports use of what is a reclaimed territory of a former quarry.

The economic aspect of the project 

The project co-funded by the Operational Programme Just Transformation will build publicly accessible infrastructure that is not of a commercial nature. Consequently, no profit will be generated by the project. 

On the other hand, during the sustainability period of the project, significant additional funds – dozens of millions CZK – will be spent by the beneficiary on the maintenance and functionality of the infrastructure. Economic links to future development are not part of the strategic project.

 

Summary

Summary of steps taken so far

2021

    • The first thoughts and visions about the form of the project and their gradual elaboration
    • Development of the PFS for the call for strategic projects
    • Getting feedback on the project PFS and JASPERS assessment
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2022

    • Invitation to tender for the feasibility study
    • Development of a verification study
    • Development of a strategic study
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2023

    • Negotiations with the municipalities concerned and partners, letters of intent (LOI)
    • Presentation of the strategic project to deputies of the municipalities concerned
    • Development of a feasibility study
    • Submission of the grant application
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2024

    • Tender for the contractor of the project documentation for the planning decision and documentation for the building permit
    • Negotiations with stakeholders, municipalities and partners
    • Selection of the project documentation processor
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MEDARD project planning stage: Timeline

2021

✅ First reflections and visions about the form of the project and their gradual elaboration
✅ Preparation of pfs for the call for strategic projects
✅ Getting feedback on the project pfs and Jaspers assessment

2022

✅ Announcement of the tender for the feasibility study
✅ Selection of the feasibility study contractor and start of activities
✅ Preparation of the verification study
✅ Preparation of the strategic study

2023

✅ Negotiations with affected municipalities and partners
✅ Statement of support for the project (LOI)
✅ Presentation of the strategic project to the representatives of the municipalities concerned
✅ Preparation and submission of feasibility study
✅ Submission of the grant application (OPST)

2024

✅ Pre-implementation preparation
✅ Tender for the preparation of documentation for the land use decision and for the building permit - combined procedure
✅ Negotiations with affected municipalities, entities and partners
✅Selection of the project documentation processor
✅Presentation of the strategic project to the representatives of the municipalities concerned and the public
Preparation of documentation for construction permits
Submission of application for building permit

 

 

2025

Presentation of the strategic project to the councillors of the affected municipalities and the public
Discussions with affected municipalities, stakeholders and partners
Documentation for the construction (DRS), including VV
Tender procedure for the construction contractor
Selection of the construction contractor
Start of the implementation phase 2nd half 2025 to 1st half 2027

2026

Presentation of the strategic project to the councillors of the affected municipalities and the public
Implementation phase throughout 2026
Tender for the developer of thematic stops and expositions
Selection of the developer of thematic stops and expositions and start of activities

 

2027

Presentation of the strategic project to the councillors of the affected municipalities and the public
Implementation of thematic and expositions
Completion of the implementation phase Co-approval - 2nd half of 2027
Start of the operational phase

2027-2037

Operational phase
Management and maintenance for the sustainability of the project 10 years