A task force with the Lord Mayor

A municipal “task force” will in future accompany the increasingly expensive renovation of the Mainfranken Theater in Würzburg. This is what Josef Hofmann, chairman of the FW / FWG city council group, applied for in the Mainfranken Theater works committee on Thursday afternoon and the committee almost unanimously approved this application.

“This task force commission should ‘minimum’ consist of the mayor as decision-making authority, the technical understanding of the town planning council, the cultural understanding of the cultural advisor and a competent member from the building administration who was in charge of the ongoing process,” said Hofmann on Friday Request from this editorial team. “It would certainly not be a mistake if two or three city councilors were represented, but I didn’t want to presume that,” continued Hofmann.

Hofmann: Get in touch with the architect and deal with him forcefully

“The obviously tense hierarchies have to be broken by the head of administration,” says Hofmann. “Contact must be made with the architect and he must be dealt with emphatically.”

Shortly before, the managing director of the theater Dirk Terwey had informed the committee members about further cost increases in the renovation. As reported, the renovation and the new construction of the small house are now estimated at 103 million euros. In May of this year there was still talk of 96.5 million. It started in 2018 with 71.5 million euros in costs for the future state theater.

The schedule for the renovation of the Mainfranken Theater is also slipping again

The schedule is also slipping again. The renovation of the theater head building, which was supposed to open this autumn and is the new venue for the drama, will probably take until the spring of next year, according to Terwey.

For Terwey, one thing is certain: “The architects’ cost calculation does not correspond to the reality of the actual cost development.” This planning lies with the architects of the Hamburg office PFP Planungs GmbH. At the beginning of this week, the office was not ready for a discussion with this editorial team.

According to Hofmann’s ideas, this task force should now “watch the architects more closely and force them to produce a report every four weeks”.

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