La Granja II

  • LOCATION Sitges
  • > CLIENT Private
  • YEAR 2019
  • STATUS In process
  • CATEGORY Urban Planning
  • SCALE City

“The new plan prioritises the current needs of the municipality by providing a new green area, better connections with the surroundings and the new public housing”

This modification project of the urban plan for the sector Granja II in Sitges has led to the urban redevelopment of the area around Vinyet hermitage. The plan develops and improves the area that covers one side of the railway track and an underpass of the same track with the creation of a new area of facilities and green zones, as well as quality public housing and the completion of Vilanova Avenue. The architects who drafted the project, Jordi Artigas, Núria Noguer and Carlota García de la Iglesia, give us some details.

What elements motivate the need to modify the plan?
A study of the previous plan shows an overuse of the tertiary sector, especially in the hotel sector, which contrasts with a lack of social housing. The new plan prioritises the current needs of the municipality with a reclassification of the territory that allows for substantial improvements in permitted uses.

How does the plan improve the previous conditions of the area?
Thanks to the project, the neighbours have gained a large and continuous green area as well as new facilities with a better connection to the other side of the railway tracks, where there is a secondary school and residential areas that were previously very isolated from the rest of the urban fabric of Sitges. The reinterpretation and study of the data and the needs of the environment through the modification of urban planning has also made possible the increase in the supply of public housing in the municipality.

What was the methodology of the work process?
The modifications of the urban plans that we always carry out start with a rigorous analysis of the existing approved planning, which we contrast with an in-depth study of the territory and fieldwork with different studies to reveal the real needs of the area and its inhabitants. These studies are carried out with the participation of specialists in the environment, urban mobility and economic viability in order to design the optimal and responsible options for the environment and its users.

How does the project interact with the environment in which it is located?
In any urban planning project, the surroundings are key to understanding the context and how to act when implementing a proposal. In this case, we are in an area that is currently unconsolidated but has a recognised monument in Sitges: Vinyet hermitage. Given that it is a point of interest and attraction for locals and visitors to the municipality, it is necessary to consolidate the environment and ensure good access and conservation.

What elements does the plan foresee? And for what purpose?
On the one hand, we have defined wide roads and spaces for pedestrians and vehicles, optimising and prioritising non-road mobility with the use of public transport and pedestrians. We have also determined the uses of each of the plots and the heights of the buildings, as well as their limits. These guidelines are used for the design of architectural or landscape proposals for the different spaces that are part of the area.

What contribution does a project like this make to the sector?
The project demonstrates that using planning tools adequately and, above all, in an up-to-date manner translates into important improvements for citizens.