‘Open­ing up’ to the sea

City hall has a €28.8 mil­lion project to re­de­velop har­bour

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By Dave Jones

CARTA­GENA city hall has pre­sented a €28.8 mil­lion project to re­de­velop the pop­u­lar har­bour area – which is the en­trance from the sea to the his­toric city cen­tre.

The port au­thor­ity had opened a com­pe­ti­tion for ar­chi­tects to present plans for a 243,000-square-me­tre zone.

The win­ning de­sign was cho­sen from a to­tal of 11 projects submitted.

May­oress Ana Belén Caste­jón said the Al­fonso XII dock area would be trans­formed by the scheme.

Sra Caste­jón stated that the re­de­vel­op­ment would pro­duce a ‘user friendly and open area for res­i­dents, tourists and vis­i­tors’, which will be ‘more con­ve­nient and fresh’.

“The port will be­come the best shop win­dow for the city for those who ar­rive from the sea,” she said.

The project will be car­ried out in the area be­tween the whale’s tale ef­figy on the dock and the San­són crane round­about on the out­skirts of the city cen­tre.

Sra Caste­jón ex­plained that five dif­fer­ent ar­eas have been sin­gled out for im­prove­ment and this will be done is four sep­a­rate stages.

The work will see gar­den ar­eas cre­ated along with new walk­ways, pub­lic ar­eas and an ‘ex­er­cise zone’.

There will also be an ex­hi­bi­tion space for the army and navy mu­seum; a marine flora and fauna in­ves­ti­ga­tion cen­tre; sub­ter­ranean ‘spa­ces’; and an in­for­ma­tion mu­ral for the cruise liner ter­mi­nal.

The may­oress noted that they are hop­ing to put the works out to ten­der be­fore the end of year.

This would mean work start­ing on the project in the middle of next year.

Mur­cia re­gional pres­i­dent Fer­nando López Mi­ras said: “Carta­gena has to look to the sea and the city’s res­i­dents have to be able to en­joy their mar­itime her­itage.

“This project is de­signed to make the seafront one of the main ref­er­ence points of the city.”

A model of the project was pre­sented by may­oress Ana Belén Caste­jón

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