The development focus of the masterplan is on the site of the main train station at the port (approx. 40 ha) and on a large urban quarter Kopilica (approx. 100 ha) on the north bank of the Split peninsula. Development goals are to reduce the inner-city congestion caused by tourist traffic and to make use of best urban locations sites, such as the main station and the potential expansion of the inner-city area. To reach both objectives will require major new traffic infrastructures (road and train).
The project team elaborated the comprehensive documents for the new development of the port area and the Kopilica district. Together, these areas will have a potential gross floor area of around 1.2 million m2 for around 15,000 residents and 10-15,000 jobs. With the construction of the new main station and a new road tunnel at the port, cultural, congress and hotel facilities can be realized. For the Kopilica district to the north, an expansion of the inner-city area is foreseen, to include offices, university, large residential areas and a city-wide and tourist-relevant park & ride system. A new light rail track to the airport and a motorway bridge over the bay from Solin to Kopilca will be essential prerequisites for this development.
Visualisation of new developments, © ÖIR GmbH
In addition to the systemic complexity of the task, the involvement of the national stakeholder level also created a major challenge: in addition to the city’s politicians and administration, three ministries as well as the national rail, road and port companies have been involved in the development process.