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Plaza de Espana open again

Posted by dolly diver on July 31, 2008
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Plaza España

The newly remodelled Plaza de Espana in Santa Cruz has officially opened.

The public areas of Santa Cruz, including the Plaza de Espana, the Duke of Alameda St. Helena and the Plaza de Candelaria, which have undergone massive renovations, are now finished and were officially inaugurated last Thursday by the highest representatives of the Cabildo.

An area of 36,160 square metres which has undergone the huge remodelling during the past two years only needs the completion of the required testing techniques to fill and empty the lake.

The project was designed by the architectural firm Herzog and Meuron and executed by the joint venture (UTE) constituted by Acciona and VVO Building and Infrastructure Projects.

Plaza de España exhibition

Posted by dolly diver on July 29, 2008
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under Plaza EspanaAn exhibition, opening for guided visits from September has been completed underneath the Plaza de España in Santa Cruz.

During excavations for the new main square a section of wall was revealed which turned out to belong to a medieval fortification, the Castle of San Cristobal. It was this castle that gave the name to the popular Calle Castillo main street.
Work on the new square was halted until new plans could be drawn up which would preserve the fragment of the castle.

A series of panels in the underground passages show the history of the castle and the town from 1575 to its semi-demolition and burial in 1928. At the end of the passage visitors can see a 40 metre stretch of the wall.

Santa Cruz square – reopening delayed yet again

Posted by dolly diver on April 24, 2008
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Once again construction work on the new main square in Santa Cruz has been delayed.

The local Cabildo admitted that the deadline of 30th April has had to be put back yet again, after more delays in the completion of the project.

The Cabildo, back in February, announced that the renovation of the Plaza de España would be finished by 17 March, although it immediately rectified and changed the date to 30 April.

It now looks as if the square, which has a giant lake in the middle, will not be opened to the public until late June or early July.

The corporation has also admitted a cost overrun of €4 million, 25% of the original cost.