First Croatian Parking PPP Planned

Zagreb officials are calling for expressions of interest from consultants interested in helping the city procure a parking garage concession.

In a first for Zagreb, the Croatian capital is seeking to develop an underground parking facility through a private-public partnership and is now looking for a consultant to help run the tender process.

Interested parties should submit their expressions of interest for the €350,000 advisory contract by September 20. The one-year contract will start in January 2013.

The Zagreb authorities plan to tap the private sector to help design, build, finance, operate and transfer up to 600 spaces of underground parking in downtown Zagreb, under a system of hourly automated charging. 

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which is working with the Zagreb authorities on the project, is proposing to lend up to €30 million to the eventual winner, the bank said in a statement.

Zagreb has also sought private sector help to refurbish its airport. A Franco-Croatian consortium of Aeroport de Paris, Bouygues and Viadukt won a 30-year contract to build a new passenger terminal at Zagreb Airport.