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Old schools undergo facelifts

THE BRATISLAVA Region plans to use some of its Sk717 million (€21.5 million) in investment funds to reconstruct a dilapidated high school at Grösslingova Street and the conservatory in the capital.

THE BRATISLAVA Region plans to use some of its Sk717 million (€21.5 million) in investment funds to reconstruct a dilapidated high school at Grösslingova Street and the conservatory in the capital.

The fact that both buildings are old and protected historical monuments complicates the reconstruction process, the SITA newswire wrote.

The high school, which has a distinctive blue art deco facade, has been at Grösslingova for a hundred years. Its biggest problem is its exterior, which has been worked on twice since the early 1980s.

Eva Petrá#šová, the school's principal, told SITA that the building's interior is in good shape, but the exterior is in desperate need of reconstruction. Other repairs needed are the floors, roof and sewage system, she said.

Petrá#šová hopes the reconstruction will start during the summer holiday so the largest part of it can be finished by the start of the next school year.

The Bratislava Conservatory wants to completely renovate its building on Konventná Street, which dates back to the end of the 19th century. The building has not undergone any reconstruction so far. The Bratislava Region has already selected a supplier, which should begin on February 15. The project should last 12 months, the conservatory's director, Peter #Čerman, told SITA.

Only the building's outer walls will remain, so the entire interior will have to be constructed anew. But because the building is a historical monument, its railings, windows and plaster must stay the same. The renovation will open the ceiling and basement, where there will be a small concert hall and rehearsal space.

The renovation at the conservatory will significantly affect its lessons, most of which take place there.

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