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    Urban Planning-Port Area Landscaping.

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    Cartagena Port Authority

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    Cartagena, Murcia (Spain)

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    Building and Urbanism

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    Urban Planning

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    € 28,8 M

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    Estudio Martín Lejarraga y Fulgencio Avilés.

The Port Authority of Cartagena, the public body in charge of the management of the Port of Cartagena integrated into the state port system, has put out to tender its façade remodelling for a value of 29 million euros. Eleven multidisciplinary teams, including IDEA’s architecture team, bid last June on a tender for the urban planning and landscaping projects for Cartagena’s seafront.

Urban Planning-Port Area Landscaping

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“Y de puertos, Cartagena” was born with the aim of providing a clear, unified and identity-based response to the urban, social and commercial landscape layout of the Port of Cartagena. Based on the knowledge and respect for the history and past of the City, the analysis of the current situation, the demands of the tender and the survey prepared for this purpose in which inhabitants of Cartagena and tourists participated, a series of interventions are carried out so that the Port becomes again an attractive space, connected and lived by the inhabitants of the City, the Cartagena’s Main Square

A real change proposal for the port of Cartagena, a landscapeintegration and urban planning project that heads towards the future of the city by proposing a new global space that is vibrant, accessible and full of new uses, which improves the services and dynamics of the current port. Carried out by IDEA’s multidisciplinary team together with Estudio Martín Lejarraga, Fulgencio Avilés.

De torres, las de Sevilla,

De villas, las de Requena,

De puentes, el de Segovia

Y de puertos, Cartagena.[1]

[1] Popular song included by F. Caballero y Margáez in Nomenclatura geográfica de España (1834).

A port that connects with the city

The recovery of the entire port areain the different zones is part of its full connection with the City. This exciting landscape integration and urban planning project aims to opening and making the way to the sea accessible for citizens, breaking the current urban barriers and improving the pedestrian and bike path connections between the City and the Port. Key points to turn the seafront into Cartagena’s Main Square.

These are some of the major works planned that stand out:

  • Pedestrianisation of the area between the Victor Beltrí ladder and the old Navy Training Barracks (CIM).
  • Extension of a seafront walk way with a sequence of large palm trees.
  • Creation of the Plaza al Mar de Sta.Lucía.

Both these and the rest of the proposed performances follow current and international standards for sustainable urban planningthat prioritises pedestrian traffic over the use of vehicles in urban spaces.

In addition to the direct connection with the City, the port area is activated by adding new uses, a contemporary programme and multi-purpose spaces that are deeply linked to the history of the place and the needs of the City.

This exciting landscape integration and urban planning project aims to opening and making the way to the sea accessible for citizens, breaking the current urban barriers and improving connections.

New services for the port:

  • A large multi-purpose shelter where any type of fairs, events, meetings, concerts, exhibitions, etc. can be held.
  • Spa, beaches and lookout for leisure and sports activities, swimming pools open to people of all ages and adapted for people with reduced mobility.
  • A mixed building that brings together the Cruise Terminal, the Real Club de Regatas and a multimedia library, as well as commercial and catering areas (including the Mare Nostrum restaurant) with landscaped lookout terraces connected to the main walk way.
  • Large sports areaintegrated into a large green space that enhances the value of the eastern section of Muralla del Mar at its junction with Cuesta del Batel.
  • A new cultural, touristic and commercial area in the fishing zone in which different uses are combined:
    • A new regulation on fishing activity, ship moorings, fishmongers’ huts, working areas, shadows, etc.
    • The Centro de Interpretación de la Fauna Marina y Pesca (Marine Wildlife and Fish Interpretation Centre) will be committed to the knowledge and continuity of the local fishing culture of Sta. Lucia, showing the city as the epicentre of the Marine Reserves of the Region of Murcia and of the booming aquaculture activity in the Mediterranean.
    • A catering area that enhances and qualifies the current offer under a large shaded and equipped space.

All these urban scale and landscape performancesare combined with other activities especially related to the recovery of heritage and the enhancement of current elements:


  • In the boat dock in front of the Naval Museum, the S-62 submarine, “Tonina”, is planned to be placed as a tourist attraction and benchmark of the naval and sea history of the city, which is directly linked to the Naval Museum’s exhibition and Isaac Peral’s submarine.
  • In the same area, the old Real Club De Regatas is recovered and renovated for use by the Port Authority, using part of it as a Museum of the Port and its history.
  • Each added element respects the history and landscape of Muralla del Mar de Carlos III and is enhanced by the activation of immediate surroundings by creating children’s play areas, sports facilities and green spaces.
  • The 1921 statue of Columbus is honoured by placing it on a pedestal in the roundabout that gives access to the port terminal, acquiring a privileged place and becoming a landmark in the landscape.
  • The Fishermen’s Fish Market is recovered as an iconic element of the landscape in the new urban complex of the fishermen’s dock.
    The cross and statue of Santiago stand out in the middle of a large palm grove in Plaza del Mar, Sta. Lucia

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