Institutional agreement to transform the area around the Besòs river and the Tres XemeneiesThe Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the vice-president of the Catalan government, Jordi Puigneró, have agreed on the Government of Catalonia joining the Besòs Consortium to help drive a major transformation of the area around the Besòs river, particularly the Tres Xemeneies section.
The goal is to generate a digital and audio-visual hub, a significant public housing development and a large urban park, and to implement all the measures needed to turn the river into one of the Barcelona metropolitan region’s strategic areas.
The area presents numerous opportunities in digital, economic and financial spheres and is one of the most densely populated areas in the whole country, with the most social needs.
The meeting helped established the need for a major agreement between all the administrations involved (the various municipal councils, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Barcelona Provincial Council and the Government of Catalonia).
The following was agreed in the meeting:
- Proposal to all the municipal councils in the Besòs area (Montcada, Badalona, Santa Coloma and Sant Adrià) for the Government of Catalonia to join the Besòs Consortium. Agreement was also reached to invite the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and Barcelona Provincial Council to join.
- The Besòs Consortium will be the acting administration for the implementation of the Urban Development Plan for the Tres Xemeneies.
- Both administrations undertake to work to obtain the required funding, through Europe’s Next Generation funds and specific contributions, to execute the most pressing initiatives in the Agenda Besòs, such as the transfer of the treatment plant for the coastline, work in the central Besòs, the industrial estates on the right bank and subsidies for the renovation of neighbourhoods on the left bank, the expansion of the fluvial park in the Montcada area and the resolution of squats.
- Development of a digital and audio-visual hub at the Tres Xemeneies, providing a strategic boost for Catalonia’s audio-visual industry and the city’s digital and innovation ecosystem.
The meeting also addressed mobility in the metropolitan region.