Located to the southwest of Barcelona, between two major infrastructures – the Port of Barcelona and Barcelona-El Prat Airport – and with the Free Zone and the Costums-Free Zone, the Llobregat Delta is an important engine for the metropolitan area’s economy. The first Delta Plan was undertaken in the 1990s and involved diverting the course of the Llobregat River in order to extend the industrial port, among other initiatives. The Delta Plan intends to transform this area by reviving zones of economic activity and improving infrastructures, such as Mercabarna, creating a new intermodal station, a building platform for SMEs and social economy and green corridors leading to the river from the urban area.
Els Joncs is in the municipality of Gavà and has a total area of 80 hectares. The sector has all types of land (urban, undeveloped, and developed but not delimited) and is located near the access point to the town, at the intersection of the Gava – Begues C-234 dual carriageway and the C-32 motorway. It is a large area between the railway line from Barcelona to Tortosa, which forms the north-western boundary, creating a clear visual and physical limit, and the B-210 dual carriageway, which forms the south-eastern boundary.
Currently, the main activity in this area is land cultivation with greenhouses used for this purpose and some buildings. The main objective of this new area is to expand the area currently used for economic activity, such as the Camí Ral i Parets / Barnasud Industrial Park. It is for this reason that the urban plan for the sector, geared to economic activity, specifies only one classification, with industrial uses, logistics, tertiary activity and offices predominating.
This urban plan defines two planning sectors in Viladecans, located between the C32 motorway and the C245, within the influence area of the Baix Llobregat agricultural park and the airport: Can Sabadell is a 260,780 m² sector area located west of Barcelona airport with a building capability of 180,000 m² and intended for the implementation of economic activity linked to the airport system such as offices. The Serrall Llarg sector comprises 277,883 m² and has a building capability of 60,000 m². This sector aims to implement an economic activity sector linked to tourism, hotel industry and sports uses.
Finestrelles Nord is located at the northern side of the city and is part of an urban development project for the south entrance of the city of Barcelona. The sector offers 158,299 m2 floor area dedicated to new economic activities and the service sector. Esplugues de Llobregat is well communicated to the main infrastructures, lasting 10’ to the airport, 20’ to the port, 20’ to the city centre and 10’ to Fira de Barcelona.
Located just 10 kilometres from the centre of Barcelona, near the Llobregat Delta, this is a prime business location for large scale industrial and commercial use. It has direct links to the main communication networks, including El Prat International Airport and the Port of Barcelona. In addition to its excellent location in the south of the Barcelona metropolitan area, Ca n’Alemany occupies a centrally placed site in the Baix Llobregat, in the municipality of Viladecans, an area of manufacturing, tertiary and logistics activity which is fully consolidated, but with potential for growth.
Gavà has developed a new sector located north west of Els Joncs economic district, with the aim to boost a green and sustainable residential growth. Pla de Ponent consists of 186 hectares of surface area with the capacity to build 4,896 new apartments. This area will allow the municipality of Gavà to move towards a sustainable city model through the implementation of innovative water management techniques, ensuring the preservation of local species and resources, the re-naturalisation of streams and guaranteeing a sustainable forest management.
This plan is part of the metropolitan strategic transformation of the access to Barcelona from the Airport. The first transformation stage -Granvia and Plaça Europa- has become an essential element of economic centrality for Barcelona metropolitan area. At present, 40% of the 75,527 jobs in the city are located in this new economic district. This has consolidated l’Hospitalet as the second local economy of Catalonia. The Pla Granvia-Llobregat is the final transformation stage, which will allow the economic district of the city to extend to the Llobregat River, linking in its path the Bellvitge biomedical cluster -more than 50 biomedical research groups and 1,000 researchers-. The 632,058 m2 of roof area for new economic activity (30% commercial and 13% hotel), with the potential to create 20,000 new jobs, will make this one of the most dynamic districts in the central area of Barcelona.
Entorn Colònia Güell, the new residential development is in a privileged location full of history, in the heart of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.
Colònia Güell was created in 1890 as a colony for the textile industry with its own character, designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. With the crisis in the textile sector, the property had to be sold off starting in 1973: the factory in parts to different companies, the houses to their inhabitants, and the facilities and surrounding land public institutions.
Can Gavarrot is located in the municipality of Sant Boi de Llobregat, on the western edge of the city, and covers an area of 32 hectares. It sits at the point where residential and industrial land converge and is a segue to the forestland, a factor which adds environmental value to the plot. Due to its location, it acts as a hinge between the Camps Blancs neighborhood, the industrial estates of Fonollar Nord, Salas and Abat Oliba, as well as providing access from the town to the Garraf-Ordal mountain range. The development objectives involve planning this section of the town’s frontage and promoting a mixture of uses that complement and interact with both residential and industrial land, including industry, tertiary, office and residential uses.
These two projects, both are part of the D Factory Barcelona strategic plan, are among CZFB’s main initiatives for addressing the challenges of the new digital economy. The 3DFactory Incubator is housed in the CZFB corporate headquarters and it’s equipped with 3D printers and machinery, a design, production and post-processing area, a co-working area, modular meeting rooms, shared areas and a showroom area featuring technology and additive manufacturing. The initiative is receiving support from the Leitat Foundation as a technology partner.
The D Factory 4.0 project, a specific hub for industry 4.0 that the Consorci intends to start developing on the old SEAT site in the Free Trade Zone, a project for which partners have already been found from among leading technology companies.