Merko to build music, ballet school for Estonian state for EUR 35 mln

  • 2020-02-25
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The Estonian state real estate development company RKAS and listed builder AS Merko Ehitus on Tuesday signed a 34.7 million euro contract on the construction of the building of the Tallinn Music and Ballet School in central Tallinn. 

Under the contract, Merko will build the structure with one underground level and four levels above ground that will house music classes, ballet rehearsal rooms, auditoriums, concert halls, a library, a swimming pool, a cafeteria and a student housing unit. 

The value of the contract is approximately 34.7 million euros exclusive of VAT. Construction work is to be completed in March 2022, Merko said in a disclosure to the stock exchange. 

Describing Merko as a good and experienced partner, RKAS CEO Kati Kusmin said that while the project definitely entails many challenges, RKAS is prepared for and committed to the school opening on Sept. 1, 2022. 

"The new environment will enable to update also the substantive quality of music and dance education to ensure vitality and competitiveness in the international context for the fields that are important for our national culture," said the director of  the Tallinn Music and Ballet School, Eero Raun.

The Tallinn Music and Ballet School of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research will bring together the existing Tallinn Music School, the Tallinn Ballet School and the Tallinn Georg Ots Music School.

The brand new school is to have approximately 700 study places in total and it is due to start working in the building located at 59 Parnu Road on Sept. 1, 2022. 

The net enclosed area of the new Energy Class A building will be 23,860 square meters.

The authors of the building's architectural design are Atelier Thomas Pucher from Austria and 3+1 Architects and T43 Sisearhitektid from Estonia. The main contractor for the engineering parts of the building design is Novarc Group AS.