The Community of Madrid will open Metro's new headquarters in January next year
The Community of Madrid has completed the construction phase of the structure and facilities of the building of the future headquarters of Metro de Madrid. With this schedule, the employees of the undergrounds could start moving into the new building as of January 2022.
This was announced today by the acting Regional Minister for Housing and Local Administration, David Pérez, who visited the site of the future Integral Transport Centre of Madrid, located in Madrid's La Ventilla neighbourhood, in the district of Tetuán.
The building consists of two structures of seven and twelve floors, respectively, totalling around 24,000 square metres of facilities to house the company's technology and administrative centre, which will employ around 1,000 staff members, currently spread over several buildings.
The acting Regional Minister of Madrid pointed out that "thanks to the concentration of services in this building, greater synergies will be achieved and costs will be reduced in both the production and operation of Metro de Madrid. This unification of services will lead to more efficient organisational performance and logistical and property rental savings.
"It is also important to be more efficient in daily operations and to reduce response times in resolving incidents for the benefit of passengers," he added.
Work is currently underway on the installation of electrical supplies, lighting, communications, fire protection, radio and television, the public address system, photovoltaic energy, acoustic shielding on the roof and solar control. The next phase will be testing and commissioning the equipment and facilities and, simultaneously, fitting out work will be carried out, such as interior architecture, furnishings, technical and safety equipment.
This new building will be a meeting point between the Metro of the future and its recent centenary history, since, on the one hand, it will be equipped with the latest technologies and on the other, it will have elements from the old Plaza de Castilla garage, on which the building has been constructed, which will recall the history of the underground and which will be visible in the landscaped outdoor area, maintaining the company’s personality and identity.
The new headquarters is conceived as a Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB), complying with European directives that require this energy performance in public buildings that have been built from 2018 onwards. In addition, the facilities have been designed with low consumption in mind, with their own energy production by means of photovoltaic panels, geothermal wells, lighting with natural light sensors and LED technology, water use and green roofs, among other innovations.
The new headquarters is part of a complex of four transport-related buildings, which are arranged around the perimeter of the plot, with a garden in the central open area and an underground car park. This complex, which occupies the entire block enclosed by Avenida de Asturias and the streets of San Benito, San Aquilino and Magnolias, will be called Comprehensive Transport Centre (Centro Integral del Transporte, CIT).
FUTURE COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT CENTRE
Following the construction of the new headquarters, which is the first building of the CIT, a second phase of the project will be launched, completing a complex that will relocate and concentrate the main administrative, operational and control services of Metro de Madrid in the near future. One of the future buildings is the Network Operation Control Centre (Centro de Control de Operación de Red, CCOR), which will bring together the current Command Centre and the Facilities and Communications Maintenance and Monitoring Operations Centre (Centro de Operaciones de Mantenimiento y Monitorización de Instalaciones y Comunicaciones, COMMIT).
Another of the buildings will be for the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium. It will have a large outdoor garden in the central spaces and a green roof that will complete the architectural ensemble. The fourth building will be the future Metro museum.