CMS has advised on the construction of the state-of-the-art Nowa Łódź Fabryczna railway station, one of the largest railway projects in the European Union and the most modern in Poland. As part of the project, which is quite unique on our market, CMS lawyers supported the general contractor of the railway station and the railway line – the consortium of Torpol, Astaldi, Intercor and Przedsiębiorstwo Budowy Dróg i Mostów. The value of the entire project amounted to PLN 1.75 billion gross.
The new station will be the most advanced underground facility of its kind in Poland and an important element of the New Centre of Łódź. The three-storey railway station with four platforms and eight tracks is intended to be a central part of a multimodal transportation hub that will link the commuter and conventional railways, long-distance buses, public transport and private car transport, all of which will make it possible to handle up to 200,000 passengers a day (a 20-fold increase).
“Due to the complexity of the works, the amount of financial outlays and the number of entities involved, construction projects are associated with a high level of risk. Especially now, when the construction industry is facing a number of challenges related to lower dynamics of contracts concerning large infrastructure projects and a slowdown in local government projects, it is particularly important to secure ongoing projects from the legal perspective,"- emphasizes Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert, partner in CMS’s Real Estate and Construction Department, managing a team specialising in providing legal advice to construction sector clients.
The scope of work that CMS has been performing for the general contractor since 2012 included the provision of comprehensive legal services in relation to the project i.e. advice on relations with the contracting parties, subcontractors, designers, representing the general contractor in court disputes and mediation proceedings.
The legal advice related to the Nowa Łódź Fabryczna project was provided by Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert (legal adviser and partner heading CMS’s construction practice), with support by Michał Bork (legal adviser), Ludwina Klein (advocate), Bolesław Szyłkajtis (advocate) and Aneta Górecka (legal adviser).
Recently, the team worked on various prestigious and complex projects, including, for instance, the settlement of mutual claims of the parties related to the construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw, concluded with a multilateral settlement, and is still advising on other large stadium projects in connection with Euro 2012, as well as on ongoing infrastructural railway projects.