Project implementation stages
Pursuant to Order No.280 of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine of 6 April 2017, the construction owner — Directorate for Construction of the Holodomor Victims Memorial — in 2017 commenced designing and construction of the project ‘Reconstruction of phase I of the Memorial Complex commemorating victims of famines in Ukraine with construction of phase II of the National Museum ‘Holodomor Victims’ Memorial’ of the Memorial Complex commemorating victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine at 3 Lavrska Str in the Pecherskyi District of Kyiv City’.
The design is provided by Project Systems LTD LLC, which holds copyright ownership rights to the architectural work ‘Spatial solutions for the Memorial Complex commemorating victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine (Phases I and II)’.
Between 2017 and 2019, the Project Owner obtained positive assessment of the Conceptual Design from the advisory body of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, which stressed that the project would have no negative impact on the remarkable world value of the Ukrainian UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and its adjacent territories (cover letter No. 413/14-194/087-2485 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine of 7 September 2017) and design of the project completed at the following stages:
– Conceptual Design, endorsed by Implementing Order No.1095-r of the Cabinet of Ministers Ukraine of 12 December 2018 on the basis of expert report No.00-1856-18/CB from Ukrderzhbudekspertyza SOE of 7 December 2018 with the construction cost estimate of UAH 1,358,667,708;
– Basic Design (Phase I), endorsed by Order No.1133 of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine of 20 December 2018 according to report No.00-1818-18/CB from Ukrderzhbudekspertyza SOE of 19 December 2018 with the cost estimate of UAH 148,476,982;
– Basic Design (Phase II), endorsed by Order No.659 of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine of 22 August 2019 according to expert report No.00-0345-19/CB from Ukrderzhbudekspertyza SOE of 9 August 2019 with the cost estimate of UAH 1,479,834,746.
From 2017 to 2020, the project construction received UAH 522,207,590 in public funding.
The designer, Project Systems LTD LLC, under a contract with the Project Owner is developing design documentation of the Detail Design stage for the construction Phase II.
Over the long-term lack of government funding between December 2019 and December 2020 and given the introduced lockdown and enhanced anti-epidemic measures regarding propagation of the acute respiratory disease COVID-19, the pace of Project work in 2020 was reduced.
Now, after the Project Owner repaid UAH 7,217,687 of debts on 30 December 2020, the pace of Project work is resumed.
The Law of Ukraine ‘On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2021’, under Classification of Expenditures and Lending to Local Budgets 3801280 ‘Construction of cultural facilities of national significance’, assigns UAH 225,000,000 to the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine for the project ‘Reconstruction of phase I of the Memorial Complex commemorating victims of famines in Ukraine with construction of phase II of the National Museum ‘Holodomor Victims’ Memorial’ of the Memorial Complex commemorating victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine at 3 Lavrska Str in the Pecherskyi District of Kyiv City.
In order to create the Museum, UAH 21,066,452.06 in contributions was received for the Holodomor Museum Creating Project from 2018 to 15 February 2021 (to pay for improvement of the architectural design for Project Systems LTD LLC, as well as through the fundraising programme Road to Truth by the International Foundation for the Development of the Holodomor Victims Memorial, including those through the crowdfunding platform Grains of Truth).
The following was done with the funds received from Project donors 2018 through 2020:
– Nizio Design International architectural firm (Warsaw, Poland) was involved in the cooperation and in co-authorship with Project Systems LTD LLC developed key solutions to improve the architectural design;
– a communication strategy for the fundraising campaign was set up and implemented, and the crowdfunding platform Grains of Truth was launched;
– Nizio Design International provides advice in the course of performance of design works at the Detail Design stage and during author’s oversight of the construction process;
– the work to create the Main Exhibition Design for the Holodomor-Genocide Museum started by joint efforts of Nizio Design International and Haley Sharpe Design (UK) on basis of a contract signed on 31 July 2020;
– a first promo video on the Holodomor Museum Creating Project was created;
– a special Holodomor Museum event was held, where the Project was presented to potential donors, business executives, diplomatic missions accredited in Ukraine, and the public.
Scope of work on the construction site per month
Project readiness condition
As of February 2021, Osnova LLC, the main contractor for the project construction, is carrying out civil works on construction Phases I and II, taking into account complementary design solutions. In particular, builders are erecting terrace supports and bearing walls of reinforced concrete in the future Museum administrative premises in the II floor of the building, and will soon begin fitting out the intermediate slab between the II and III floors.
Subject to Project funding secured in 2021 (as provided for in the Classification of Expenditures and Lending to Local Budgets 3801280 ‘Construction of cultural facilities of national significance’ for 2021), builders will complete the reinforced concrete Museum framework; build a 160 m alley foot bridge with two staircase and lift sections; construct a car park in Dniprovskyi Descent; start installation of permanent MEPs and on-site utilities; external and internal finishing works will continue.
During the previous period, they completed Phase I of the construction: performed enablement, earthwork, built retaining walls to reinforce the slope, installed temporary power- and water supply networks and a transformer substation, arranged slope monitoring systems; and built a temporary approach road to the construction site from the side of Dniprovskyi Descent.
Barrettes have been installed, the utility trunk is being built and the shaft for the inclined lift from the Hall of Memory to the future Museum is being tunnelled.
The Architectural Design has been approved and passed examination by construction experts. A development contract has been concluded with the general designer, Project Systems LTD LLC, for the Detail Design for the Museum construction.
A construction contract has been concluded with the main contractor, Osnova Group, for the Museum and the foot bridge across Dniprovskyi Descent.