The works to rehabilitate the Viera y Clavijo Cultural Park have been awarded since the past month of Aprilan intervention that has not yet been able to start due to the redistribution of funding from the Government of the Canary Islandssome 3.8 millionof the more than six totals with which the regional Executive promised to pay part of these works.
Yesterday, the capital’s City Council signed the new addendum to the agreement that it maintains with the Government of the Canary Islands so that this money is transferred this year and next, at a rate of 1.9 million per year. With the resolution of this important step, from the Chicharrero Consistory it is estimated that the works can begin throughout the month of July, once the Canarian Executive signs the aforementioned addendum, after which the contract can be signed with the winning company of the work
The mayor of the capital, José Manuel Bermúdez, explained yesterday that “since last April, the City Council awarded the Viera y Clavijo Park works, which represent one of the milestones in the process of recovering the city’s historical heritage. There was still this procedure from the Government of the Canary Islands, which has finally arrived and which allows the readjustment of annuities to make them coincide with the work schedule”. Bermúdez added that, “in 2025, Santa Cruz will have a new cultural space, in a privileged place, which for more than a century has been dedicated to education and culture. Fernando Menis’s project is a great work that respects the traditional configuration but brings modernity to the whole, improving spaces and accessibility”.
According to the aforementioned agreement, already in 2018, 400,000 euros were paid in advance to the City Council, in order to transfer, also in advance, 1,920,825.86 euros in 2020. With the addendum signed yesterday, this year and the next the same amount will arrive as the one signed in 2020, until completing the 6.1 million committed. The Consistory must cover the rest of the financing until reaching the almost 12 million budget that the Viera and Clavijo works have. The rehabilitation project, by the Canarian architect Fernando Menis, winner of the RTF Awards for Sustainable Architecture, is committed to the preservation and recovery of the existing vegetation and the old Colegio de la Asunción, and the main use that it is intended to allocate is cultural.
The works were tendered at the end of November 2022 and awarded to the company Construcciones Sánchez Domínguez (Sando) on April 3, 2023. The estimated execution time is 24 months, hence the estimated completion period is one year. 2025.
The project tries to solve the problem found, adapting the building to the functional, use and accessibility needs of the 21st century. After the interventions carried out previously, a series of complementary facilities and dependencies are added, as well as a series of ramps and stairs in order to generate accessibility, both in the building and in the park.
It is also worth noting plant elements such as trees and palm trees, some of them protected, such as the ceiba, located in the southwest of the building.
The writing team proposes the construction of four new vertical communication nuclei to solve the accessibility problem. In the semi-basement of the south wing, a new space is added, as a warehouse/storage in connection with the new freight elevator. This allows accessibility to all floors of the building. It is intended to solve the pedestrian connections with the environment, so that pedestrian access to the space is favored. The need for access to emergency services and transportation has also been considered.
From the capital’s City Council they remember that these works correspond to a first phase, since the Pérez Minik Theater would remain pending, on whose future, the Cabildo and the Consistory have different visions.