All set for the opening of the new Mercat de Sant Antoni

Stallholders and staff are currently applying the final touches so that the Mercat de Sant Antoni can open on 23 May following nine years of remodelling work. The opening of what will be the ‘most modern city market’ also involves a facelift and new layout for the surroundings, with traffic-calming measures to ensure public use, a usage plan guaranteeing commercial diversity and acting to prevent gentrification.

16/05/2018 16:01 h

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The new facility includes 235 establishments, 52 of which correspond to the fresh food market, 105 to non-foodstuffs and the flea market and 78 to the second hand book market held on Sundays. The complex also includes a supermarket, as well as a space for use by local residents and a private sports facility. The market will be open from Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 8 pm.

Work will be speeded up in order to be ready in time for the opening date agreed between the Institute of Municipal Markets and the stallholders’ associations for Sant Antoni’s three markets. The month of May, as seen in the past with the Santa Caterina and Sants markets, is a good time to consolidate a new facility of this type as it guarantees a solid period of commercial activity up until midsummer night.

During the work, a new roof was built using ceramic glass and polychrome tiles with the same design as the original and the metal structure was repaired and strengthened.  Stalls selling fresh produce have been located indoors in the central area, while those selling non-foodstuffs are positioned all around the perimeter, allowing both markets to function independently if necessary.

The Sunday market for second hand books will be held under canopies located in the new spaces gained for public use, delimited between the different wings of the market building and which were formerly used as loading and unloading areas and storage.

The new market features renewable energy solutions, reducing the environmental impact by making the most of geothermal energy.

Protection for archaeological remains

The archaeological remains discovered during the work have a prominent presence around the new market. From C/ Comte d’Urgell and C/ Manso there is access to a new street formed by the dry moat on the first underground floor, which provides access to the supermarket and the future gym and is delimited by a counterscarp and a fortified wall.

In addition, an original section of the Roman cemetery has been preserved and work is being carried out to enable the public to visit it.

A market for the city, particularly for local residents

The architectural appeal and the new range of commerce at the Mercat de Sant Antoni will undoubtedly attract people from other neighbourhoods and others visiting the city. However, the market is conceived to supply the immediate neighbourhood, namely Sant Antoni’s local residents.

To this end, the priority of the usage plan is to limit the opening of new establishments and commerce which could affect the singularity of the neighbourhood, local commerce and recreational spaces, as well as revamping and calming the entire surroundings.

 

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