Examples of Projects
Redesign of the Old Side of the Pancyprian Gymnastic Association (GSP)
Policy Objective 5
Europe Closer to Citizens
Integrated and Sustainable Development of Urban Areas
The project is located in the Nicosia Central Business District (CBD) and will link the new city with the historic core of Nicosia, promoting sustainable urban mobility, through parking and transportation facilities.
The project being implemented is according to the first prize which was awarded to a Joint Venture of Architects, following the Architectural Competition of 2011 for the implementation of the reuse and redesign of the old Side, and the Referendum regarding the use of the site in 2009.
The GSP was founded in 1894 and its stadium was located on this site during 1902-1999. In October 1999, the GSP was relocated to a new stadium located in Strovolos, at the south outskirts of Nicosia city centre, following an agreement between the Pancyprian Gymnastic Association and the Government to exchange the two properties. Based on the 2011 Architectural Competition and the first prize awarded to the Consortium, the old stadium was demolished in 2017.
The project includes the construction of two underground parking levels which will be connected to the public bus system and will operate as a parking and transport space, promoting sustainable mobility in Nicosia. It also includes the creation of a square, restaurants, a gallery, a bookshop, a multi-purpose hall and cafeterias, as well as an outdoor amphitheatre. The corners of the space are elevated to the street level, forming the premises of the restaurant, while all surfaces of the rooftops will be planted, offering visitors the pleasure of an attractive green space in the heart of the city.
The project will contribute to the upgrading of the urban environment and the promotion of sustainable urban mobility, while at the same time providing an important green and recreational space for Nicosia residents and visitors.