This week saw work get under way to renew weatherproofing in the section of the seafront next to the Olympic Port (C/ Marina – Moll de Gregal wharf). The work is part of the project to turn the Moll de Mestral wharf into a hub for blue-economy businesses and entrepreneurs.
The work should resolve the water-filtration problems currently afflicting premises that have been renovated since September to house new business uses. The work will be carried out between January and August and involves removing the paving at the seafront so that it can be re-laid and weatherproofed.
The work will be carried out in stages, to minimise as far as possible any interference with activities and pedestrian movement along Passeig Marítim. The first stage will see work carried out from January to April in the section from C/ Marina to the middle of Passeig Marítim, where the new entrance will be for the Olympic Port. The second stage will be from April to August, in the section from the entrance to the Moll de Gregal wharf. Pedestrians and cycles will still be able to circulate during both these stages, thanks to the establishment of alternative pathways.
With a budget of 1.3 million euros, the work will also be used to revamp the lighting along the seafront.
The city's first blue-economy hub
The Olympic Port is being readied to become the city’s first blue-economy centre. Activity will be concentrated at the Moll de Mestral wharf and the premises located beneath the sea wall, specialising in four main areas: sailing activities; sailing services; innovation, research and technology and the circular economy.
The new offices are expected to go into service gradually, between the summer of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024. They will be able to house around fifty businesses and entrepreneurs.
Tasked by Barcelona City Council to transform the Olympic Port, Barcelona de Serveis Municipals (B:SM) will start the process to select the businesses for the port this quarter, according to public-competition rules.