Residents' associations in the neighbourhoods around Plaça de les Glòries had constantly called for the redevelopment of the square and surrounding area.
In response to that call, Barcelona City Council launched a participation process in 2003 to reach a consensus on a common project for this city icon. The "Commitment to Glòries" signed by residents' associations and the City Council in 2007 represented a joint undertaking of various goals and the implementation of several projects.
Now that the ring road has been demolished and the space temporarily redeveloped the next step, before the tunnel is built across the square, will be to push ahead with the local facilities included in the Commitment and building public housing in the area, as well as carrying on with the road projects and developing the area of the future Plaça de les Glòries park.
From the start, hundreds of people were involved in the process of creating the new square, putting forward ideas and proposals, raising their concerns about the redevelopment and conveying the opinions of residents from the nearby areas directly to the teams in charge of the project.
Now the work has begun, a Monitoring Committee made up of associations, the local residents' technical advisers, municipal staff, representatives of the council party groups and the municipal government meets every three months to monitor the project's implementation.
The following associations are on the Monitoring Committee:
Encants Nous Retailers' Association, Ca l’Aranyo Residents' Association, Clot – Camp de l’Arpa Residents' Association, Parc i la Llacuna Residents' Association, Fort Pienc Residents' Association, Poblenou Residents' Association, Sagrada Família Residents' Association, Carrefour, Glòries Shopping Centre, Public Transport Promotion Association, the UCPSM and representatives of the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes (Besòs-Muntanya side) communities of property owners .
The Monitoring Committee includes a Working Group, which is also made up of associations, local residents' technical advisers and municipal staff, which meets every month and a half.
The associations taking part in the Working Group are:
Clot – Camp de l’Arpa Residents' Association, Fort Pienc Residents' Association, Poblenou Residents' Association, Sagrada Família Residents' Association, and a representative of the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes (Besòs-Muntanya side) communities of property owners.
Besides that, other processes have been opened to broaden the scope of participation in specific aspects of the redevelopment, with public sessions, workshops, visits, etc.
You can find the information on the project and its implementation on the Glòries website.