The municipal government has presented a strategy for urban renovation in Barcelona with the aim of improving quality of life for citizens. From now until 2019 a total of 236 million euros is to be invested in social, environmental and economic spheres.
The projected renovation strategy for the 4 years of office works on various levels, improving living conditions for everybody, increasing the affordable housing pool, promoting renewable energy, strengthening local activity in the sector and guaranteeing the quality and security of architectural heritage.
To achieve these goals, between now and 2019 some 235.8 million euros will be invested as follows: 80 million euros for renovation grants in the private sector, 32.8 million euros to renovate the public housing pool and promote energy efficiency in municipal buildings, and 123 million euros to recondition public areas comprehensively.
“We’re putting forth a different way of conceiving action which we carry out in the city”, explained the Deputy Mayor for Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility, Janet Sanz. “We’re approaching renovation in a comprehensive way with the only aim being to improve quality of life for residents”, she noted. The renovation measures are the result of an agreement between the municipal government and the PSC formation.
A new grant call for renovation work
For the first time ever, grants on the new invitation to apply for subsidies include funding for the improvement of home interiors, such as work to improve access, acoustic insulation and work to remove harmful materials. Social criteria are also being included to help families with low incomes access grants, as well as subsidies for using materials with low ecological footprints and for listed buildings. A programme of grants for residential estates of special interest will also be introduced.
Redistribution of improvements
Renovation work in public places will not imply major transformations, but rather specific action throughout the city to improve quality of life in the entire city. One of the important points in the plan, which will be defined in more detail over the course of 2016, is to pay special attention to improving access.