Autòdrom Terramar

  • LOCATION Sant Pere de Ribes
  • > CLIENT Private
  • YEAR 2019
  • STATUS In process
  • CATEGORY Urban Planning
  • SCALE County / Territory

“The new planning aims to reduce the environmental impact of the project, integrate it into the landscape and preserve the connecting, biological and environmental values of the area”

Built in 1923, the speedway of Terramar became the first motor racing circuit in Spain and the fourth in the world, although it hosted races for a brief period. Núria Noguer explains how – through two urban planning instruments – the project can repurpose this historic space – now in disuse and unknown to the vast majority of the territory – into a new centre for sport, cultural and leisure activities.

What does the project consist of?
The main objective of the initiative is to develop the necessary conditions to be able to set up a centre for events related to the world of equestrian and motorsports at the old speedway of Terramar, as well as the hotel programme and complementary services linked to this main activity, transforming a historical space in disuse and unknown to the vast majority of the territory into a new pole of economic activities.

What large areas does the programme propose?
In the central area – linked to the historic oval – the entire programme of events will be organised. Depending on the time of year, this area will alternate between competitive equestrian activities and other open-air leisure and sporting activities. Specifically, three horse shows, exhibitions or competitions are planned. Festivals, fairs and exhibitions of vintage or motor-related vehicles, excluding motor racing, may also be held. During equestrian sporting events, free access to the site will be allowed.

It also defines a system of free spaces for leisure and enjoyment linked to the promenade and routes around the scope of action that are consistent with the landscape values of the surroundings. The modification structures a circular route around the project that connects the different green areas proposed (forest parks, riverside park and new promenade on the south side). It provides them with functionality and, at the same time, structures the scope of action with the different realities of its surroundings, organising accessibility both from the consolidated fabrics towards the routes on undeveloped land and from the now isolated urban land of Rocamar towards the fabrics of Minivilles and Sitges.

In addition, in the route around Riera de Ribes, the river environment is seen through the valley system of the creek, which includes the communities and habitats of ecological interest that need to be protected, and the water system area.

What was the methodology used to develop the project?
The initiative has been consolidated after a long process initiated in 2016 and promoted by the French-Spanish group Grandprix. Throughout the development process, active participation has been facilitated and promoted, not only by landowners but also by all public administrations, citizens, (especially residents of Rocamar and Minivilles), entities, political groups and social agents. The approved proposal is the result of a long process in which concerns, suggestions and considerations derived from the participation and contributions of the different bodies involved have been shared, and which together have allowed a better conceptualisation of the project and its integration into the territory.

How does the proposal fit into the territory?
Basically, the location in the county of Garraf responds to the following interests: good climate, proximity to an airport (Barcelona-El Prat), accessibility, attractive surroundings of quality and with an attractive cultural, gastronomic and scenic offer, as well as qualified services and accommodation.

How does the project dialogue with the economic and productive model of the municipality?
The project will prevent the progressive deterioration of this historic facility and will allow the preservation of a key element of the Catalan automobile culture. In this environment, the proposal to locate an integrated economic and tourist area can add value and profitability to the first-rate facilities and infrastructures that already exist in the area and, at the same time, to the entire tourist structure of the Barcelona coast. The proposal will represent a new tourist attraction for the municipality and the region, which will provide an initial investment of 25 million euros and allow the creation of up to 200 new jobs.

How does the initiative affect the current and future mobility model?
With regards to the mobility of pedestrians and bicycles and public transport (present and future), the proposal strengthens and structures them, giving a leading role to the new south eastern access to the site connecting the new space with the environment correctly. The project includes measures to encourage the greater use of sustainable modes of transport to the detriment of private vehicles. As for public transport, the analysis concludes that the existing service can absorb the new demand generated, apart from exceptional events, for which the need for shuttle buses is considered. Regarding the organisation of road mobility, the proposal separates distribution flows to minimise the impact on the surrounding area.

What is the environmental impact of the initiative?
We have carried out an extensive study to minimise the environmental impact of the project, to integrate it into the landscape and to preserve its unique connecting, biological and environmental values through a series of details in the new land planning.