Several buildings and the centre of Sant Andreu district have been documented

The Barcelona City Council previously decided to officially carry out a plan to protect and preserve one of the city’s oldest town formerly know as Sant Andreu de Palomar; now a district. The planned provisions are set, with the aim to protect the district from Orfila Square to Meridiana Avenue and from Calle de Ignasi Iglesias to the junction of Calle Grau with Gran de Sant Andreu.  A selected number of buildings, together with the “old town” as whole, have been register. The first step of the project was already achieved and the period of public display is expected to beginning soon, with the approval expected to be definite from December to January the latest.

Some parts of the old town compromises of very important and personal historical fabrics of Sant Andreu de Palomar going back to1897. This fabrics includes some of the most preserved concentrations of, what was then, urban morphology and the built census in the old town of the city of Barcelona. In this area you will be able to find some of the fine examples of the original ground floor-based houses.


The single floor houses in Sant Andreu

Some of the buildings situated in Sant Andreu are categorized differently: nine buildings in the old town have been classified as level C, meaning they will be advertised for urban interest; while eleven other buildings where labeled as level D, which means that they will be for documented interest. Only in this last case, demolition will be an option, but always only after an historical and architectural approved study of the plans. Furthermore, the old town in general will receive a certificate labelled as D level.

10% more buildings are now protected


48% of the historic centre of Sant Andreu is conserved

In the previous order, the General Metropolitan Plan was re-modified; putting the Gran de Sant Andreu and Calle Ajuntament under protection. With this new plan in action, 10% more buildings are added under the protection of the city council and 48% of the historic centre of Sant Andreu is conserved, which should help preserve them in future rehabilitation actions and help the old town attaining a favourable report from Parcs I Jardins Municipal Institute.

The councillor of Sant Andreu, Carmen Andrès, has asserted that the innovation of this protection not only does it affect the external appearances of the buildings, but also the interior elements such as the stairs, glass windows and lobbies, as he states that, what they are doing is preserving the heritage of Barcelona. Stated by Andrès, both the Grand Calle de Sant Andreu and Calle Ajuntament were already being protected in previous regulations.

The Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning Janet Sanz, stated that this protection plan is mainly used to defend the Neighbourhood Association of Sant Andreu and, together with the government of Ada Colau, the city was committed to preserve the “historic and collective memory of the district”.

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