The regeneration project of Ladopoulos, the second largest regeneration project in the country, after the Elliniko in Athens, is now being implemented.
This is a project that the city has been waiting for for several years, and after a legal action by the only company that submitted a proposal to undertake the project, the signing of the contract is expected.
As he explains speaking to thebest.gr o, Deputy Regional Governor for Economic Policy & Financial Control of Western Greece, Andreas Filias, “in the spring after the financing problem was solved, the project was tendered with the process of negotiation between the potential candidate contractors. As a contractor, not only the one who is cheapest prevails, but it is also determined based on what each company wants to build and how much it harmonizes with the architectural studies that already exist and have been qualified after the relevant competition held by the Region.
Whichever company was best suited to these proposals and had the best price would be the contractor. A period of negotiation between the companies and the Region precedes until the contractor is found. Both in terms of implementation and price.”
As Mr. Filias explains, “in the end we only had a proposal from one company and the financial committee made the unanimous decision in order to have a better result and more potential contractors, to delay a few weeks by auctioning the project again so as to give them the opportunity to submit a bid and other companies.
This decision offended by the first temporary contractor company who had participated in the competition. It went to the appropriate court where it was decided on a legal basis that there was no reason not to proceed. The court ruled in favor of the company and orders us to return to the original decision and to declare that company as the contractor. As we did not want to delay any longer, we announced the company as the contractor and so we are proceeding to build what we have wanted for so many years.
Now the contractor will always have to draw up the final plans in collaboration with the Region. Then after signing the final contract the project will start which it should be completed three years after the signing of the contract which will take place in mid-2024. So the project will be ready in three and a half years. I stress that now the project is feasible, it is not on paper. It has secured financing and has a contractor.”