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First phase of La Remonta sector, Santander

An educational circuit and for the practice of sport that recovers the spaces with high landscape value of the old military compound for the city.

Parc de La Remonta a Santander
Parc de La Remonta a Santander

La Remonta Park in Santander

The Remonta estate is a unique space within the city of Santander. Its former use as a military base has preserved it from the surrounding urban development, keeping its characteristic pond and boulevards.

Authors

Batlleiroig Arquitectura. Enric Batlle Durany, Joan Roig i Duran – Architect

Team

Abel Porcar Badal – Architect and urban planner / Iván Sánchez Fabra – Architect / Dolors Feu – Agricultural engineer and landscape architect

Collaborators

APPIA XXI – Engineering

Promoter

Segipsa

Project status

Built

Start date

2008

Finish date

2017

Total area

600.000 m2
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The project is based on the adaptation of a nearly 1-kilometer long promenade piercing through the whole site with minimal environmental impact. The project combines boulevard and citizen leisure areas with a prominent environmental approach revealed in its hydrological and flora and fauna aspects.

The promenade collects a large number of vegetable species responding to meticulous research and observation of nearby vegetation as well as topography and humidity. These are strictly native plants providing nourishment and shelter to the site’s own fauna while fostering biodiversity.

The proposal’s strategy is based on three concepts: connectivity for humans, for fauna and flora, and water management.

An almost 1 km long new trail and bicycle lane crosses the whole area. Native vegetable species are fostered to attract fauna and new biotopes ensure connectivity across the site. Rainfall is managed through a system of ditches collecting runoff water to create two humid areas, nurturing the new biotopes. We could define the Remonta as a large green passage; a trail that runs through nature; a space capable of fostering the biodiversity of the species; a playful and educative promenade to learn and enjoy nature, where grown-ups and children can come close to recognize the different tree and shrub species, and the small animals of the place. Observing the pond’s birds from the outlook, chase butterflies between the canals, recognizing trees through the different panels, and plunge into the colors and perfume of spring flowers.

 

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