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Continous Refurbishment
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The intense process of urban and economic refurbishment carried out by Barcelona during the last twenty years has gained a wide international recognition due to its ambition and achieved economic and social results.
After the first transformation taken place thanks to the Olympic Games, which consolidated the opening of the city to the sea and to its metropolitan areas, Barcelona has started a second refurbishment to allow the reinforcement of its international projection and the implementation of more innovative activities of knowledge-based economies.


Delta del Llobregat Plan promotes the strategic development of logistic and transport activities in the South-East part of the city, representing 4.500 millions Euros and consisting of:

  • Extension of El Prat International Airport, capable of transoceanic flights and of doubling its number of passengers to 40 millions annually.
  • Diversion of the mouth of Llobregat river three kilometres to the South that allows to double the area of Barcelona Port (760 to 1.300 hectares)  and increase four-fold its Logistic Activities area (65 to 263 hectares). 
  • Extension of the road and railway infrastructure network, that implies important improvements in the Litoral ring road, the arrival of the High-speed train to the airport and the construction of more than 80 kilometres of metro and train railway.
  • Extension of the Feria de Barcelona fair until reaching 15 hectares of land, that will turn it into the second most important fair site of Europe.
  • The development of several projects related to Environmental protection that include the construction of a new sewage treatment plant and several renewal projects along the coastline and in spaces of ecological significance in the Delta del Llobregat.


The renewal of Eastern Barcelona is to permit the creation of new areas of centrality that increase social cohesion and business competition of the Poblenou neighbourhood and of the entire city, and includes the following: 

  • Las Glorias square signals the access to 22@Barcelona and its surroundings gathering in several important cultural facilities such as the Catalonia National Theatre, the Barcelona Auditorio and the Archive of the Aragon Crown; plus the future Design Museum, the Plaza de las Artes and the Campus Audiovisual of 22@Barcelona district, that will turn this new area of centrality into a powerful cultural centre of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.
  • Universal Forum of Cultures, that has involved a radical renewal of a urban sector which was before featured by a strong presence of technical and sanitary premises, to integrate it into the dynamics of the city transforming it into a basic cultural and economic hub.This transformation has allowed the biggest centre of conventions of Southern Europe and the Forum to be built, that culminates in the arrival of the Diagonal Avenue to the sea. Apart from these two projects, the construction of the future Interuniversity Campus of the Besós (b_TEC) should be added. With 60.000 m² of teaching spaces and 60.000 m² more devoted to development and research departments in collaboration with companies.  
  • La Sagrera intermodal station, combining metro, buses, metropolitan and regional trains with the High-speed train. The new station will link Barcelona to Madrid in two and a half hours and with Perpignan in forty five minutes, and will bring together 22@Barcelona and El Prat airport in only eleven minutes.

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