Alcoy (ES)


Project Scales L/S - Urban and architectural

Location North Alcoy. Al-Azraq Square

Population 61,542 inhab.

Strategic site 4 ha – Project site 0.88 ha

Site proposed by Alcoy City Council

Actors involved City Council and neighbours

Owner of the site Alcoy City Council

Post-competition phase Building project

Team representative Architect, urban planner

More Information

How can the site contribute to the productive city?

Al-Azraq Square plays a vital role in the heart of Alcoy. It connects the Eixample district to the Zona Nord district, the Viaducte district and the historic town centre. It is also adjacent to the city's northern industrial zone, the Cotes Altes and Cotes Baixes industrial estates.
The northern zone's population is approximately 17,000 inhabitants, with 13,500 in the expansion district. This centre of gravity is therefore home to half of the city's population.
Initially, craft industries are not proposed as a new economic base, and instead, the focus is on the contribution of tertiary uses to the productive city. The site owners are looking for an innovative vision, encouragement for entrepreneurial initiatives and a way to attract talent.

City strategy

The main urban transformations envisaged that will affect the site include, firstly, the Alcoy Structural Master Plan, open for public information and consultation in September 2016. Secondly, the Interior Reform Plan for Al-Azraq, envisaged in the current planning blueprint, is also extremely important. In addition, the Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy identifies the main problems and challenges faced by the municipality. Its guidelines strive to ensure sustainable long-term development. The nerve centre of the future city of Alcoy will be the area in the triangle formed by the three main nodes of the strategy: the University (Research), Al-Azraq Square (Innovation) and the Rodes block (Development).

Site definition 

Al-Azraq Square marks the confluence of two major thoroughfares in Alcoy: Juan Gil-Albert Avenue, the main northern exit artery, and Hispanitat Avenue, a boulevard that marks the character of the Zona Nord district. This urban void is the site of the former Alcoy-Gandia railway terminus, in operation from 1892 to 1969. Pare Poveda Street, which also converges on the square, has also come to the fore since the opening of the Francisco Aura Bridge, as it provides a direct vehicle connection to the A-7 motorway. All this leads to the conclusion that Al-Azraq Square is a strategic location for the city's configuration.

How is Production Considered in the Urban Diversity Program?

During the citizen participation process for the Al-Azraq Square plan, several uses for the project area have been mooted: residential (closed city block with a courtyard or free-standing building), tertiary (shops, laboratories or offices), facilities (car park, open or retirement space). This is why the design of a multipurpose building that can equip the area with many of the suggested uses is a positive, attractive aspect in the public participation process. However, bearing in mind that the immediate environs are a high-density residential area, it would seem most appropriate for the predominant focus of this building to be productive uses that supplement the pervasive residential use of this zone.
Another important aspect of the project is sustainability and aspects that allow almost zero energy consumption. Resources that create self-sufficient buildings should be a major focal point throughout, from the underground levels to the roof.
Another complementary aspect is the transformation of the main adjacent avenues into productive streets. The innovation node should encourage Hispanidad Avenue, Juan Gil Albert Avenue and Pare Poveda Street in this aspect, bearing in mind moreover that they are major links for the whole city. Finally, sustainability should also included in the management of the buildings in the time dimension. The proposed uses should therefore ensure a balance and permit their viability over time.

Road junction in front of the project site
Urban void in front of the project site


View of the Project site from Juan Gil-Albert avenue
Interior view of the Project site


Questions on the site

As for the buildings to be demolished, is it necessary to maintain the basketball court? Can its location be changed?

He visto en el archivo los edificios que hay que derribar, pero, hay que mantener la cancha del baloncesto? o puedo cambiar la ubicacion?

Current uses are not planned to be maintained. Therefore, intervention can be made throughout the public area (except on those residential buildings that, due to its private nature, are not included in the project area)

No está previsto que se mantengan los usos actuales por lo que se puede intervenir sobre toda la superficie pública (salvo en los edificios residenciales que son particulares y no entran en el ámbito de actuación.

Is the large parking area to be considered as an underground facility? Is there a minimum area?

Cuando se refiere una amplia zona de aparcamiento, en este caso tiene que ser subterraneo? Hay alguna cantidad que tiene que llegar al minimo?

It can be an above-ground parking, although it makes more sense that the basement and ground floors are devoted to parking use and open air areas to people. Reservation of parking spaces must comply with the P.G.O.U. (Town Development Plan).

El aparcamiento puede ser en superficie, pero parece más lógico que los vehículos ocupen el subsuelo y las plantas bajas y espacios libres se reserven para las personas. En cuanto a la reserva, dependiendo de los usos se estará a la reserva que establece el PGOU, que se deberá cubrir.

which of the buildings of the study area can be demolished?, all of them, including the church, the guardia civil headquarters, the justice building...?

¿Qué edificios del área de estudio pueden ser demolidos? ¿Todos ellos, incluida la iglesia, las dependencias de la Guardia Civil y el edificio de los juzgados?

Only the buildings included in the project area can be demolished (the three prefab classroom blocks), not those included in the study area.

Solo se pueden demoler los edificios incluidos en el área de proyecto (los tres barracones verdes que eran aulas), no los que están incluidos en el área de estudio. 

There is a problem with planimetry in .dwg. Trying to open it causes a fatal error. Could we get a new file? Thank you

If you find any trouble with DWG files, please try to make a “recover” to open them.

To what degree is it possible to intervene in the study area? Only pavements, urban furniture, or something else? Is it possible to excavate somewhere?

Hasta que grado del nivel, se puede intervernir al lugar de estrategia? solo pavimientos, muebles, o mas? por ejemplo, excavar alguna parte?

I’m not sure about your question. Regarding the study area of 4 has, there is no limitation for a urban planning proposal. In regard to the project area, the limit to the underground area is that fixed in the General Urban Planning, three floors and 7,5 mtrs.

No entiendo muy bien la pregunta. Si se refiere al ámbito de estudio, las 4 has, no existe ninguna restricción en la propuesta de ordenación que se plantee. si ser refiere al ámbito de proyecto, el edificio, se puede realizar cualquier excavación con la limitación que establece el vigente PGOU de 7.5 metros y tres plantas.

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