A comprehensive redevelopment of the Mercat de l’Abaceria for a 21st-century market

Barcelona City Council’s Municipal Markets Institute has presented its redevelopment proposal for the Mercat de l’Abaceria.

Barcelona City Council’s Municipal Markets Institute has presented its redevelopment proposal for the Mercat de l’Abaceria, with the aim of modernising this Gràcia district facility’s installations and services.

The Mercat de l’Abaceria is a local commerce benchmark, essentially for food, and a dynamic impetus to commercial activity and social life with its 3,900 m2.

The market’s commercial activities have seen a steady decline over the last few years, however. This has led to a 35% drop in the number of visitors over the last 5 years and to the fact that the number of closed and vacant establishments represents 32% and 28% of the offers inside and outside the market respectively.

Hence the discussions and negotiations over the last few months between the District, associations and stall-holders. Barcelona City Council finally put together an ambitious redevelopment proposal which was presented at the Mercat de l’Abaceria de Gràcia’s Retailers’ Association Assembly and approved by a majority (95% voted in its favour).

The proposal envisages a comprehensive redevelopment of the building, brings in new operators to complement offers, such as a new social and cooperative economy space, and provides the facility with services and logistics for the various activities carried out there, besides improving the distribution of the neighbourhood’s goods and minimising the presence of vehicles in public spaces. The redevelopment work is budgeted to the tune of €25,000,000.

The new market will have several spaces, from the market’s main floor, measuring roughly 3,900 m2 in area, to a 1,100 m2 Mezzanine floor where offices and multi-purposes spaces are expected to be put up for use by associations as well as a multi-purpose room for holding workshops in. In addition, there will also be a floor for warehouses, another floor for waste treatment, logistics spaces and commercial-vehicle parking and finally an Urban Distribution Centre and a car-park for clients.

The entire redevelopment project will last somewhere between 24 and 30 months, as from this 2016.