Metro de Madrid to open new headquarters in 2020 in an eco-friendly building that will evoke its one-hundred-year history
Earlier today, the acting President of the Regional Government of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, was shown the progress being made on the building works for the new Metro de Madrid headquarters located next to Plaza de Castilla, which will be known as the Administrative Technology Centre. Work began in April and the building is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2020. The first employees will begin to take up their positions in 2021.
A second stage of the project will begin once the new headquarters have been built. The new buildings and installations that will include an Integrated Transport Centre “will allow all the main administrative and control services of Metro to be relocated and concentrated in one place in the near future”, explained Pedro Rollán. It will house almost all the company’s office staff (more than 1,000 employees), who are currently located at various different premises.
The project has been allocated a budget of 26 million euros, of which 20 million euros have been assigned to construction of the building and the remaining 6 million euros to implementation of the various building installations.
“By concentrating all our services in one place, we will achieve greater synergy and reduced production and operating costs for Metro de Madrid, as well as increased performance efficiency from the organisation; logistical savings and lower building rentals; greater efficiency in daily operations; and shorter response times when dealing with incidents”, explained the Acting President of the Regional Government of Madrid.
NEW HEADQUARTERS IN PLAZA DE CASTILLA
The plot of land (at the old Metro Line 1 depot) has already been entirely cleared and excavated for two underground levels. Besides removing the foundations for the concrete perimeter walls, work has begun on drilling geothermal wells and a crane has been installed near Plaza de Castilla, which will soon be joined by a second crane on the opposite side on Calle Magnolias.
The depot on Avenida de Asturias occupies an area of more than 18,000 square metres. Built in 1965, it remained in operation until 2013. Six engine sheds, the rail sidings, the overhead power lines, the vehicle access ramp, the pedestrian access steps, floor structures and sewerage system were all removed between the end of 2016 and the start of 2017, as well as a natural earth platform, which was levelled to a height similar to that of the original depot, and the containment walls along the adjacent roads, which are located at a higher level.
FUTURE INTEGRATED TRANSPORT CENTRE
The Integrated Transport Centre will be completed during the second stage of the project and will include new buildings, such as a one called the Network Operations Control Centre (Spanish acronym: CCOR) that will house the current Control Centre and the Installations and Communications Monitoring and Maintenance Operations Centre (Spanish acronym: COMMIT).
Another building will house the Regional Transport Consortium, a Museum of Transport will be added, a car park with more than 300 spaces will be built, a large garden and open air spaces in central areas will be added and vegetation cover will be planted to vary according to the season of the year.
From a sustainability perspective, the new headquarters has been designed as a Nearly Zero-energy Building (NZEB) in line with European directives that require this level of energy performance from all public buildings built after 2018.
It will incorporate design strategies and material choices to reduce the heat island effect, especially on the roofs by using shade-producing elements and vegetation, combined with an energy and ecological footprint reduction by lowering the demand for energy and the consumption of natural resources. It will also have high-efficiency installations, such as geothermal energy, and the car park will be fitted with electric vehicle recharging points and spaces for bicycles.
EVOKING THE RAILWAY PAST
Despite the innovation and new technologies being used for the project, the idea is for the new buildings to evoke the local railway history. Service operation improvements will be enhanced through the creation of a space that will maintain the legacy of the old train depot and which the general public will also be able to use.
“This place will recall the metropolitan railway culture, highlighting the presence of Metro in a space that commemorates its history, underlines its evolution and demonstrates its modernity”, explained the Acting President of the Regional Government of Madrid.
Relocation to this site stems from the sale of Metro de Madrid’s current corporate headquarters on Calle Cavanilles to the Cooperativa Residencial El Andén del Retiro. Those premises were sold for 28.8 million euros, of which it was stipulated that 8.8 million euros should be paid in cash while the remaining 20 million euros would be paid in kind through construction by the buyer of the new headquarters.
Metro de Madrid launched an architecture tender for the design of the project under an agreement signed with the Official Association of Architects of Madrid. The bid submitted by the ‘Jardin 1’ team won the tender.