The redevelopment of Sant Andreu Market begins.

Construction of Sant Andreu's provisional market will begin on 27 June. The construction work, with a total cost of €2,033,315.77, is expected to be take around 4 months. The final draft of the project for the new market focuses on limiting the building's height and on its transparency, as requested by local residents, with the idea of achieving optimal integration with the emblematic Plaça Mercadal. This municipal facility, which will have two floors, with the basement being used for logistical services. It is scheduled to open in the first half of 2019.

Barcelona City Council’s ’Municipal Institute of Markets has begun construction of Sant Andreu’s provisional market. It will be located on Carrer Sant Adrià, between the streets of Segre and Otger, with the main entrance on the corner of Sant Adrià and Otger. It will take 4 months to build, at a total cost of €2,033,315.77.

Montserrat Ballarín, the Councillor for Commerce and Markets stated today that: “this project is for a market that is well integrated with its surrounding area, in accordance with the conversations we have held with local residents. A market that will be well integrated into the emblematic Plaça del Mercadal and which, after the redevelopment work has been completed, will be a driving force for local commerce in the surrounding area, revitalising the shopping area and providing services for local residents”.

Sant Andreu Market is formed by two connected modules. The first module is 17 m long and 10 m wide, and it will hold 7 non-food stalls. The second one is 63 m long and 15 m wide , and it will hold 18 food stalls and various services.

This redevelopment project involves moving affected underground services and supplies, along with urban furniture and trees, which will be extracted and replanted elsewhere. Once the definitive market becomes operational, the provisional one will be dismantled, and the location will be returned to its original state.

The new Sant Andreu Market

On this occasion the project is being drafted by the Barcelona Metropolitan Area’s technical and architecture team. Special consideration has been given to the location of the market in Plaça Mercadal, a porticoed square in the heart of the historic neighbourhood, where the original open-air market was first covered in 1906, and then extended by another lower, peripheral structure in 1914.

The renovation will cost €9.5 million, including the provisional market and the two areas that make up Sant Andreu market, the central building containing fresh produce, located in the middle of the square, and the peripheral structure known as the Local de Vendes [Sales Point] which houses the non-food establishments, forming part of one of the buildings surrounding Plaça Mercadal and linking it with Carrer Ruben Dario.

The building will be smaller in size, so that its visual impact will be more agreeable, both from the street and from the surrounding buildings. The outer wall of the market will be made of glass, and will therefore be transparent. The project will also include redevelopment work on the area surrounding the market. The work is expected to last around 18 months.

The market building will have 2 floors: the ground floor and a basement floor. Once the remodelling work has finished, the layout will be as follows:
Ground floor (1,240 m2): there will be an area selling fresh produce (18 stalls) and a 140 m2 catering area, as well as a room for waste materials and an information point.
Basement floor -1 (1,218 m2): the market’s logistic areas, for storage rooms and refrigeration rooms, another waste-material room connected to the ground floor and installations.

The Local de Vendes, which is located in the peripheral building, will have the following layout:
– Ground floor (370m2): this will include space for 5 non-food stalls.
– 1st and 2nd floors (140+140 m2): Allocated for offices and conference room.

The main areas of work to be carried out are:

– Demolishing the current building, retaining only the framework of the original structure, and constructing a new building with a glass façade.
– Construction of an underground level to house the market’s logistics area, waste materials and installations.
– Improving the market’s accessibility and visibility
Renovating the non-food Local de Vendes, and refurbishing the offices and conference room.
Adapting the building to current legislation.

Traffic restrictions

Construction of the provisional market will cause traffic restrictions that will last until redevelopment of the old market has been completed. Carrer de Sant Adrià will be closed to traffic from Carrer del Segre to Carrer Gran de Sant Andreu. This means traffic will be affected as follows:

– Access to Carrer Gran de Sant Andreu, from Carrer del Segre-Pg. Torres i Bages, will be through Carrer de Joan Torras, which is entered from Pg. Torres i Bages.

– Local residents on Carrer d’Otger will have access from the intersection of Carrer de Sant Adrià with Gran de Sant Andreu. This will be turned from a one-way to a two-way road, providing access for local residents and services.

Bus stops for the 126 line on Carrer de Sant Adrià-Segre and the two stops on Carrer Gran de Sant Andreu, located between the streets of Sant Adrià and Onze de Setembre, will be moved to the streets of Segre and Virgili, in the section between the streets of Sant Adrià and Onze de Setembre.