‘Opening up’ to the sea
City hall has a €28.8 million project to redevelop harbour
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