The so-called ‘Chamartin operation’ is a step closer to becoming reality. This has been confirmed by the Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, who has announced that the agreement on the new project could be announced imminently. It should be noted that this is a project that is designed to encourage urban development and to end the open urban divide in the north of Madrid capital.

The details of the agreement

Apparently, this draft in which both the Ministry of Development, the Community of Madrid, the City of Madrid and the District of Castellana Norte are working, would talk about reducing building costs by 36% compared to the initial plan that had been planned for years.

Chamartin operation

In this sense Operation Chamartín would be developed mainly in four areas. Specifically we would be talking about an area of ??about two million square meters, compared to the 3.2 million that had arisen at first. All this would be distributed in four areas that would be those of Fuencarral-Tres Olivos, Fuencarral Malmea, Las Tablas and the Business district. All of them would have an independent buildability.

Meanwhile, in terms of global residential use, with the new modification would also be reduced by up to 36%, compared to the offer of District Castellana Norte, which spoke of 20%. This would be the case because railroad land would eventually be excluded.

The new housing

So the number of new homes would be 10,500, a figure well below the 17,000 of the initial plan and above the 4,600 that was raised just a few months ago. All this ‘Operation Chamartín’ as well as its management would be completely in the hands of the City of Madrid that would happen to control the times and all type of performances. This would include the municipal technicians who would be in charge of the reform through a modification of the General Plan of Urban Planning.

According to this agreement, in addition, Chamartín Station would become the center of the new service neighborhood. This would seek to compensate private operators for the reduction of their capital gains.

A project with history

It seems like this would put the finishing touch to an urban project with a lot of history. This Operation has nothing less than 23 years of life and in this time has fallen several times but it seems that now in 2017 would have reached a definitive agreement. This has been made possible in part by a change in the nature of the project in which all the parties involved now work, something which was not always the case.

The problems of the operation

Among the problems that this Operation has faced, beyond issues such as building, the height of the buildings and the number of dwellings, were also another series of points of great importance as the basic ones for the redesign that allowed the approval of the Chamartín operation.

In this way it has had to work on six points that have been key so that finally the agreement will end up being closer. Among them are to define the character of the Paseo de la Castellana in the extension zone, to articulate the area on the new Chamartín station, to define and create the new financial district around the station and to see how the connectivity between the Neighborhoods that lie to the east and west of this area. The key to achieving this has been to work with some logic to rearrange the whole project and keep everything in order and logic.


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