Lisbon Riverfront Regeneration Begins

Wed 9 Dec 2015

Major renovation work is to be undertaken at Campo das Cebolas and Cais do Sodré in Lisbon in order to open up the River Tejo to the people of Lisbon in 2017. The president of the Lisbon Chamber organised a visit to the two squares, which will be subject to rehabilitation works estimated to cost 18 million euros. The area will be totally transformed and there is certainly going to be an uplift in the neighbourhood's property values.

When the renovations have been completed at Campo das Cebolas and Cais do Sodré, Lisbon will have "a whole new riverfront", "exceptionally wide" and open the "public enjoyment by all citizens". So says the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, according to whom these contracts, representing an investment of 18 million euros, will be completed "within a year and a half."

On December 8th 2015, the mayor called journalists to accompany him on a visit to those sites. The starting point was Campo das Cebolas, at which two contracts with a total cost of 12 million euros are about to being: a renewal of public space and another to build an underground car park with capacity for about 200 cars.

Both works were designed by the architect Carrilho da Graça, who said he intended to transform the Campo das Cebolas into an "unpretentious, welcoming" square, in which "everything can happen." The idea, he explained, is to "recover the sense" that this area had in the nineteenth century, when it was "a fair field, an open space used by the city every day."

In this sense, the architect pointed out that the square, which is intended to combine "solidity and simplicity," is wooded and has a children's playground. The floor, said Carrilho da Graça, will be "combined concrete with limestone stone," which will "be a light shade but a very strong presence." As for parking, the designer stressed that he will have "a very direct relationship with the outside", benefiting from natural light and ventilation.

For the mayor, this "is surely one of the most iconic and most beautiful projects that the city met in recent years." "We are very proud of these plans," said Fernando Medina, who stressed that the onions from the field will be "the great gateway" for all those who come to Lisbon through the future cruise terminal of Santa Apolónia.

At Cais do Sodre, it was the turn of architect Bruno Soares to present the project that has been prepared for this location, but also for the Praça do Duque da Terceira and for Largo do Corpo Santo. Soares explained that the goal has been to "enhance each of the squares", promoting its "remodelling" and "reimagining the use of public space."

"It is a seemingly simple intervention, but very complex in technical terms," noted Bruno Soares, stressing that their main axes are "the reformulation of the circulation system and the upgrading of public space." The total cost of these works is estimated at 6.2 million euros and completion is set for January 2017.

Tamea International looks forward to watching these exciting projects unfold and to monitoring how these improvements will influence property prices and demand in the immediate area.


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