L’Eixample gets a new cleaning depot

The new cleaning depot at the Parc de Joan Miró is a practical new sustainable facility for street cleaning and waste collection services in the neighbourhood of Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample. The underground depot at the park features energy efficiency measures to reduce its environmental impact.

18/05/2018 16:46 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The underground cleaning depot has a surface area of 3,552 square metres and is distributed into two floors for logistics offices and specific areas for unloading and the initial waste compression process. The material collected is gathered in containers and as these fill up they are transferred to waste treatment plants. The facility also includes a cleaning facility, dressing rooms, a workshop, a multi-purpose hall and parking for the fleet of 60 cleaning vehicles. In all, 300 workers make up the street cleaning team for the neighbourhood, a service which replaces the ones previously operated from centres in C/ Comte Borrell and C/ Mallorca.

Sustainable building

As with other underground cleaning depots, such as the ones in Horta and Sant Gervasi, the new facility in Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample meets criteria on sustainability and energy efficiency which help cut its ecological and environmental impact. The fact the centre is underground helps control insulation and noise naturally, cutting noise in the park and avoiding inconvenience for local residents. The depot also uses a geothermal energy system, low consumption lighting and groundwater. Similarly, materials from the demolition of the former square were used to construct the cladding for the façade.

More space for local residents

The urban revamp of the Parc de Joan Miró includes a newly created public space on the surface above the cleaning depot, offering a meeting place for local residents. The project also means a pergola will be added, protecting this space from the sun and enabling alternative communal uses, as well as solar panels to provide energy for the cleaning depot itself.


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