A plan to renovate blocks of flats in the Besòs neighbourhoodMost blocks of flats built in the old Besòs neighbourhood were constructed in the 1950s to handle the growing demand for housing in the city. An inspection and analysis campaign is now under way to check the condition of these buildings and identify their needs, with priority going to the renovation of blocks requiring urgent work, such as those with concrete which has become unstable.
The first action by the City Council’s programme to renovate blocks of flats in the old neighbourhood to the south east of the Besòs, in the district of Sant Martí, consists of analysing the state of the various types of residential buildings there, some 94 blocks in total. This analysis will initially focus on thirteen buildings that may have problems caused by concrete which has become unstable.
Most of the buildings were put up in the 1950s and since then there have been two projects to remodel various buildings and tackle their deficiencies. The first was in the 1980s and the most recent at the end of the 20th century.
Building renovations under way
At the same time as the inspections get under way, the City Council is to immediately start work on the buildings in need of urgent work. A specific tendering process will be opened for the renovation of buildings with unstable concrete structures. This action forms part of the Neighbourhood Plan for El Besòs i el Maresme and has a budget of 2,150,000 euros.
Renovation work will also start on buildings awarded subsidies under the 2019 subsidy call. This will begin with a block in C/ Messina, mainly focusing on the structure, the façades, the rooftop and entrances, as well as a review of the power supply and circuitry.