Olimpic port project

With the ultimate goal of regaining this space for local residents, things are starting to change at Barcelona’s Olympic Port, and these changes are structured around 4 strategic pillars: A public space open to all, the nautical sector, the blue economy, and the hospitality sector

Overview of the Port

The provisional redevelopment of the promenade area will bring a new vitality to the public space at the Port, where there will be a new leisure area covering an area of over 10,000 m2, that will benefit city residents.

This major transformation of the Port, which will involve a total investment of over 40 million euros, will take around 6 years to complete, and there will be no interruption of daily activities.

The Olympic Port represents a firm commitment by Barcelona City Council to the transformation of Barcelona’s coastline which will be reborn as a new public space, integrated into the city’s day to day life, and act as meeting point between the sea and the city.  

 


This paradigm shift is structured around the following strategic pillars:

 

Public space

Public space
A Port that will be open to the city, where people will be able to have fun, work, do sport and enjoy the sea. A space that will have a new identity, shifting towards forms of shared everyday use.
 

Nautical sector

The nautical sector
A nautical port, promoting sports and leisure for all.
 

Blue economy

The blue economy
A new innovation hub, generating economic activity, quality employment, and economic growth that’s linked to the sea and environmental sustainability.

Restaurant sector

The restaurant sector
Quality cuisine based on local Mediterranean produce in an economic sector that is important for the city
 

 

These four strategic pillars form the backbone of the Olympic Port redevelopment programme, and are guided by certain principles:

 

Public management

Public management: improving quality of life for city residents. A management model that is forward-looking, cooperative, and innovative, committed to excellence and to leading with integrity. (ODS 2030).

 

Sustainability

Sustainability: A Port that’s characterised by innovative environmental management that’s aligned with sustainable development objectives (ODS 2030).

 


This transformation process will take place within the framework of the Strategic Master Plan for the Olympic Port, and will culminate in a new model for the ways in which the Port is used, and the activities that take place there. This plan includes a new public management system. In April 2020, Barcelona City Council commissioned Barcelona Municipal Services (B:SM) to manage, operate, maintain, develop, and administer the Port.

A new public space

The Port, a new public space where the sea and the city meet

A key objective of the Strategic Master Plan is to integrate the Port into the city, by making it a more accessible, friendlier place with more areas where people can meet and socialise on a daily basis, particularly the Sant Martí district.

These new initiatives aim to create spaces for work, for doing sports, for taking a stroll, and becoming a meeting point, turning the Port into a new space for daily leisure both for residents and visitors to the city.

To achieve this, it's essential to improve accessibility to the Port, guaranteeing links with the neighbourhood and sense of continuity between the Port and the city, eliminating barriers. So a new access point will be constructed connecting Avinguda Litoral with the lower level of the Moll de Mestral quay. A new access road to the Port will be created from Avinguda del Litoral, improving links with the Olympic Village neighbourhood and the Olympic Port Park.

 

This project is set to begin this autumn with the restoration of premises on the Moll de Mestral quay where this new access will be located. This will involve a total investment of 2.8 million euros, and the work is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2023.

 


New acces plan

New access plan for the Olympic Port

Other important initiatives include the removal of the terraces on the Mistral quay, and the remodelling of the Mestral and Gregal quays, which will provide 10,000 m2 of space for the promenade and sporting activities.  


To achieve this, it was necessary to get rid of two rows of 138 parking spaces for vehicles, freeing up space and turning the Port into a new meeting place for people and families in Barcelona. This involves an investment of 400,000 euros, and the work will be completed in December 2021.


The Port needs to offer a secure environment. The renovation of the breakwater is one of the most important initiatives for guaranteeing safety, and is due to begin this autumn.  The aim is to deliver improvements that will help to guarantee the proper functioning of the Port, as well as solving problems of overload affecting the infrastructure. The whole of the breakwater will be reinforced, as will the four submerged dykes that offer protection from the open sea. The work is set to begin this autumn, is programmed to last for around 18 months, and the budget allocation is 10.6 million euros.


 

Municipal Sailing Centre

The nautical Sector

A Port where nautical activities are more accessible to everyone, and also more sustainable. Promoting nautical activities for all is one of the strategic aims of the Olympic Port plans. The aim is to boost nautical leisure activities, by setting affordable tariffs, prioritising small craft and offering discounts based on sustainability criteria. Sailing tuition, including professional sailing and water sports training is another important feature.

It is precisely in these areas where the Municipal Sailing Centre has received a boost, with a focus on introducing children and young people to sailing, as well as offering training for those wanting to obtain official certification.

This boost comes in the shape of the reform of the Barcelona Sports Institute's (IBE) Municipal Sailing Centre, which will be able to offer an improved service with new, more up-to-date facilities, such as a gym, changing rooms, classrooms, hangars and other water sports facilities. The total project area will cover almost 2,500m2, and it will involve an investment of 3.8 million euros.

 

Daily activities
Hangars

The blue economy

A new hub of, productive, sustainable, and innovative activity on a daily basis that will make this a living Port.
Another of the strategic pillars of the Olympic Port is to promote a new model of use and activities focused on the blue economy, understood as an economy with links to the sea, which is non-polluting, makes efficient use of resources, and is based on sustainable consumption and production models. There is also a focus on greater well-being, and social equity, making a contribution to economic growth, and significantly reducing the risks of environmental and ecological scarcity.



This new hub, developed with Barcelona Activa and framed within the Pla Litoral (Coastal Plan), will allow for new daily activities, which will be productive, sustainable and innovative. These will turn the Port into a living Port that’s open 365 days a year, with a range of activities on offer that are accessible to everyone and connections with the city’s residents while at the same time improving the city's competitive positioning with the generation of 200 new jobs linked to this economic sector.



The spaces that will boost the blue economy are the Moll de Mestral and the Dic de Recer (breakwater). An investment of 4 million euros has been allocated for these two projects that are currently at the tendering stage.



The first tangible step in this direction is the regaining of the spaces occupied by night-time leisure premises on the Moll de Mestral quay, in order to be able to keep to the schedule established for the aforementioned projects.



Decisions are currently being taken with regard to the allocation of the project for the overall redevelopment of the warehouses and grain stores, the new development of the breakwater area, and the new housing estate which is also included as part of the boost to the blue economy. In these new, remodelled spaces the rest of the activities will be located, and there storage space for the moorings will be provided in the central part of the breakwater. The Dic de Recer housing estate will generate a single platform at port level, and the creation of two new intermediate access points in the breakwater, which will connect the promenade area at city level with the port level. Between this construction and the housing estate, the area covered by the project will be almost 9,500 m2, and will involve an investment of 7 million euros.

All this work (the redevelopment of warehouses and grain stores, the promenade, and the breakwater) is set to begin at the start of 2022 and to be completed towards the end of that year.

 

Restaurant sector

The restaurant sector

A showcase for our Mediterranean culture and lifestyle, the fourth strategic pillar is focused on food, which has from the very beginning been a part of the area’s identity. The idea is to create a space where tradition and innovation come together, a meeting point where people can enjoy all the flavours of a healthy Mediterranean diet. The restaurants on the Moll de Gregal quay are very much committed to Mediterranean cuisine, locally sourced produce and offering a taste of the sea, providing an economic boost. In this way the restaurant sector helps to make the Port a lively space, as well as generating employment during the transformation period.

 


As we have mentioned, these strategic pillars for the redevelopment of the Olympic Port form the backbone running through all the activities way with criteria such as:

Public management
The incorporation of public management criteria offers a vision within which the focus is on improving the quality of life for city residents, A management model that is forward-looking, cooperative, innovative, committed to excellence and to leading with integrity, as well as being aligned with sustainable development goals (ODS 2030).

It is a management approach based on an understanding of the needs of local residents and one that guarantees the security of both people and facilities, establishes more affordable pricing policies and is clearly committed to the improvement, conservation and maintenance of the city's heritage. Efforts have been made to obtain the Global Safe Site and Safe Tourism certifications that make it clear that there is full compliance with all the measures aimed at avoiding the possible spread of COVID-19.  

Sustainability
The Olympic Port will be an innovative Port in terms of environmental management, and fully aligned with sustainable development objectives (SDG 2030) such as:

  • Zero waste: Reducing the amount of waste generated. Promoting selective waste collection
  • Zero emissions: Reduction of energy consumption and increased use of renewable energies, in particular solar energy
  • Respectful towards the environment:  Sustainability in terms of materials, and minimisation of the impact on the marine environment
  • Greener: Introduction of greenery to make the space a more pleasant one.

 

 

Sustainability
Sustainability