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A-Híd Wins Tender to Renovate Historic Chain Bridge

Tamás Vaski 2021.01.19.

Construction company A-Híd has won the tender to renovate Budapest’s landmark Chain Bridge with an offer of a net 18.8 billion forints (EUR 52.4 million), the Budapest Public Transport Centre (BKK) announced on Monday.

The renovation of the bridge will cost a total of 26.75 billion forints (EUR 74.6 million), the company added. In addition to the net fee, the gross fee includes the mandatory 10 percent reserve limit, the technical inspector’s fee and other costs required by the regulations as well as the VAT. BKK said the contract is expected to be signed at the end of January at the earliest. Accordingly, the renovation work is expected to begin at the end of February and completed by autumn 2023, they added.

Four companies bid on the renovation of the Chain Bridge, A-Híd Építő, Közgép Építő- es Fémszerkezetgyártó, SDD Konzorcium (DOMPER, Subterra – Raab, Pannon-Doprastay), and STRABAG Általános Építő. Three of the four companies are Fidesz-linked, according to liberal portal 24.hu, with the exception being Austrian STRABAG.

The renovation of the Chain Bridge has been the subject of debate for months. Party leaders have been pointing fingers at opponents regarding the blame for delays. The final decision for this renovation, therefore, is the fruit of a rather overcomplicated task.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Máthé/MTI