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Glòries moves towards transformation

26/09/2017 - 21:41

Work on the two road tunnels will start in 2018 and take three years, while the central park taking up the entire area at ground level should be ready early in 2019. The transformation should turn Pl. Glòries into a huge green zone for local residents, with public facilities and housing and priority being placed on sustainable and healthy forms of transport.

The tender process for the work on the two independent one-way tunnels where traffic will circulate along the Gran Via should take place in the next few weeks. The Commission for Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility has approved the resumption of work on the first section, between C/ Los Castillejos and C/ Badajoz, which was halted in April due to the contractor failing to comply with the established calendar. At the same time, approval has been given for the second section, between C/ Badajoz and Rambla del Poblenou.

Work will start early in 2018 and last 32 months, with an investment of 149 million euros. The tender will be awarded in lots, ensuring that no company has overall control over work being done and that the economic impact is as broad as possible.

Closer to creating the urban canopy

Work will also get under way to remodel the Parc de les Glòries, based on the so-called Canòpia Urbana project to cover a surface of 45,869 square metres between C/ Independència and C/ Cartagena. The transformation of Glòries into a local park and a green lung for the city will mean regaining public space with recreational areas, paths, public housing, educational and cultural facilities.

The initial work will include remodelling spaces such as the so-called gran clariana, a large multi-purpose grass esplanade; the Rambla dels Encants, with a path for pedestrians and bicycles; a children’s play area; a sports and recreational zone for young people and an area for dogs. The work will be carried out from January 2018 to January 2019 and represent a total investment of 19,786,040 euros.

The design of the urban canopy, which won the international competition in February 2013, is the result of work with local entities and is included in the Glòries commitment.