Belgrade Waterfront

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Mock up of Belgrade Waterfront, a construction project headed by the Government of Serbia aimed at improving Belgrade's cityscape and economy by revitalizing the Sava amphitheater. This mock up is created by Eagle Hills and is publicly displayed at an information point related to the project in Belgrade.

Belgrade Waterfront, known in Serbian as Belgrade on Water (Serbian: Београд на води/Beograd na vodi), is an urban renewal development project headed by the Government of Serbia aimed at improving Belgrade's cityscape and economy by revitalizing the Sava amphitheater, a neglected stretch of land on the right bank of the Sava river, between the Belgrade Fair and Belgrade Main railway station. It was started in 2014 with the reconstruction of the Belgrade Cooperative building, which was finished in June of the same year.

It was announced on 15 March 2015 that the Phase I apartments in BW Residences, a premium riverside residential development, will be launched for sale. These two towers will each have around 20 floors, consisting of 296 apartment units, and construction started in October 2015.[1]

Overview[edit]

The project was initiated in 2014 between the Serbian government and Eagle Hills, a leading Abu Dhabi-based private investment and development company that is focused on the creation of new city hubs in high-growth international markets. Around €3.5 billion will be invested by the Serbian government and their Emirati partners. The project[2] includes office and luxury apartment buildings, Belgrade Park, Sava Promenada, five-star hotels, Belgrade Mall and Belgrade Tower, which will be the home to Serbia's first St Regis Hotel & St Regis Residences. Standing at close to 210 metres, this iconic building is designed by the world-renowned architectural firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.[3]

Criticism[edit]

Among Belgrade residents, there is a great deal of contempt for the project. The points criticised encompass the lacking of a public consultation process as well as the obvious disconnect of the lifestyle of Belgrade's middle and upper classes on one hand and the target group of the developed apartments on the other hand.[4] In addition to this, the intransparency and perceived backroom nature of the Belgrade Waterfront deal has caused real anger, expressed most visibly by the street protests organised by the movement Ne da(vi)mo Beograd (loosely translated: “Let's Not D(r)own Belgrade”).[5]

In May 2016, thousands of people went on the street to protest against an incident where dozens of men with masks demolished buildings in the area, where the Belgrade Waterfront complex is planned to be built.[6] Contrasting the allegations of the protesters, the government denies any responsibility in and knowledge of the event.[7][8]

First phase[edit]

Currently under construction with 10 high-rises and shopping mall.

  • BW Residences – two 20-storey residential towers located on Sava river bank. Construction had started in October 2015 and is expected to complete by early 2018.
  • W Belgrade — hotel and residences. Location is the next to BW Residences.
  • BW Galeria — shopping mall will have around 300,000 m². The biggest shopping mall in Europe.[9]
  • Belgrade Tower — will be located between Mall and BW Residences. Height will be 168 m. Chicago based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the tower architect designer.[10] Tower will be residential, office and hotel The St. Regis Belgrade.
  • BW Mall Towers — near the Mall BG planned 3 towers residential and commercial towers with a height of 80 meters.
  • BW Vista – tower will be residential and commercial 23 storey towers with a height of 82 m. Construction had started in November 2016.

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