Seville begins construction of new port area

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Seville has initiated the construction of its new port area, which will feature a large green corridor, an underground car park for 800 vehicles, offices, cultural and educational spaces, and various other facilities.

Additionally, the old Iron Bridge will be restored and transformed into an observation deck. The project aims to be completed in time for the centennial celebration of the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. The investment, approximately €500 million, will be financed through a public-private partnership.

Initial steps

Rafael Carmona, president of the Seville Port Authority (APS), announced the news alongside Rocío Díaz, the Minister of Infrastructure, Territorial Cooperation and Housing, and José Luis Sanz, the Mayor of Seville. The total area covers 40 hectares, with 23 hectares directly subject to the planned changes.

Administrative procedures

Following preliminary approval on June 17, the document was sent to the Official State Bulletin of the Junta de Andalucía (BOJA), marking the start of a series of administrative steps expected to take up to a year. This includes a period of public consultation, the request for sectoral advice, and final approval by the regional government. Once this phase is completed, construction work will commence swiftly, according to Carmona.

Restoration of historical buildings

A key component of the project is the renovation of historical warehouses and sheds that were part of the 1929 exhibition. The aim is to preserve and repurpose these buildings, integrating the port more seamlessly into the city. The modifications will transform the port areas into green and open spaces, such as the Port Park and the green corridor along Avenida de Guadalhorce, where the new underground car park will also be situated.

New cruise terminal and other facilities

The plan also includes the construction of a new cruise terminal, which will be relocated from Muelle de las Delicias to Muelle de Tablada. Additionally, a ‘Port Centre’ will be established as an interpretive centre for port activities, along with offices for both local and regional governments.

Sustainable and bioclimatic design

The new district aims for maximum environmental sustainability through the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar panels on the roofs of historical buildings. The project adopts a bioclimatic approach, replacing concrete with recycled bricks made from the sediments of the Guadalquivir River.

“Very good news for Seville”

Rocío Díaz emphasised that this project is “very good news for Seville,” as it will develop the left bank of the river into a new expansion area benefiting both residents and visitors. Mayor Sanz added that this project aligns with the broader urban development plan ‘Seville 2029’ and will contribute to the economic and sustainable rehabilitation of a neglected area.

Despite some political opposition to the project, the municipality remains committed to reaching a consensus. The goal is to resubmit the project to the city council after the summer.

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