The Minister of Development, Infrastructures and Spatial Planning, Marifrn Carazo, explained this Thursday that the Board “has taken advantage of the opportunity” opened by European Next Generation funds to allocate eight million euros for the modernization of the Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses of Granada.
In an interview with Canal Sur Radio, collected by Europa Press, Carazo highlighted the work of the consortium that manages the Palacio de Congresos in the articulation of projects “thinking about that modernization“pending this infrastructure”.
The Board “has endorsed these projects and referred them to the Ministry of Transport in order to have” access to these funds, framed in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan launched in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
The Andalusian Executive is going to allocate some of these items to promote energy efficiency and the modernization of buildings it owns, such as Institutes, colleges, schools, judicial buildings or fish markets, or of those whose management is within its competence.
Carazo has detailed that the Palacio de Congresos was the first to be built in Andalusia and has been “motor” and continues to do so, “now despite the pandemic, the economy of Granada.”
“It accompanies that tourism that Andalusia needs of quality and congresses” and for this “it took so many years after a reform” of this building, which, according to the counselor, is located “in the heart of the city of Granada“.
According to the Ideal newspaper this Thursday, the Palacio de Congresos has obtained eight million euros from Europe for the modernization of the building, which, thanks to this reform, will be able to generate your own energy in such a way that its maintenance will be less expensive.
The funds from the Program to Promote the Rehabilitation of Public Buildings will have to be invested imminently, while the projects will have to be tendered in 2023 and the works will have to finish by the end of 2024.
The building was inaugurated by the Kings of Spain on April 19, 1992, the year of the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Universal Exhibition of Seville. From the first day it became one of the landmark buildings in the city of Granada.
Juan Daniel Fullaondo, one of the great Bilbao architects of the 20th century, is the drafting architect of the project together with M Jess Muoz and Jos Ibez. The Palacio de Congresos de Granada is one of its emblematic works and its design has been recognized on numerous occasions. The proportions of the enclosure and its orientation are studied to frame the different panoramic views that can be seen from the property’s privileged location, both of the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada.