La Borda and Ca l'Alier, winners of the Catalonia Construction Awards 2019

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 - 25/06/2019

La Borda and Ca l'Alier, winners of the Catalonia Construction Awards 2019

The building of houses made with wood La Borda, in the neighborhood of La Bordeta in Barcelona, ​​and the rehabilitation of the Ca l'Alier factory, in Poblenou, have been awarded with the Catalonia Construction Prizes, which were delivered last 21 June at the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), during the Night of Construction, organized by the Association of Quantity Surveyors of Barcelona (CAATEEB). The prizes also have the support of Arquinfad.

The event was chaired by the Minister of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Damià Calvet, and was attended by 500 people between professionals and entrepreneurs in the construction sector. The XVI edition of the Catalonia Construction Awards had a total of 128 applications submitted. After a first selection, the jury chose 18 finalists in five professional categories and four finalists for the final degree projects.

Five categories

In the category of execution direction of the work, the jury awarded Xavier Aumedes and Gemma Rius, of AumedesDap, for the multi-family housing building La Borda, located on Constitucion Street, 85-89 in the neighborhood of La Bordeta, in Barcelona . In his verdict the jury highlighted "the pioneering approach of a project with a new vision on the housing sector", as well as the innovative nature of the use of wood as a structural element in buildings of a certain height and that has been executed " with solutions that provide maximum comfort and energy savings ".

In the category of integrated project management, the prize was awarded to Enric Batlle, Joan Roig, Albert Gil, Esther Diaz, Beatriz Barral, Mariano Aguado, Diana Calico, Ana Anido and Marc Torrella, Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, for the new headquarters of Inditex, in Arteixo (Galicia).

In the category of Rehabilitation, the prize has been subdivided into two areas: heritage rehabilitation and functional rehabilitation. In the first, of patrimonial Rehabilitation, the award has been taken by the team formed by Jaume Arderiu, Tomàs Morató, Josep Sarsanedas, Jordi Bernuz, Alberto Peñarando, Roger Marín, Lluís Camí, German Lacasa, Lídia Carmona, Pau Veciana and Pedro Soto, of Arderiu & Morató Arquitectos and Q.Estudi 29 Technical Assessorament for the Rehabilitation of the Ca l'Alier factory, in Poblenou.

In this work, the jury has valued very positively "the brilliant resolution of a complex project, with a great technical difficulty that can only be understood if one takes into consideration the state of degradation in which the whole was found".

In this same area of ​​patrimonial rehabilitation, the jury granted a Special Mention to Joan Trias de Bes, Marta Pascual, Fernando Herrero, Ricardo Villoria, Macià Parès and Agnès Blanch for the Rehabilitation of Casa Burés, located in the Ensanche of Barcelona.

In the field of Functional Rehabilitation, the prize was awarded to Marcos Barjola and Francesc Xairó, from Duran Arquitectos and Francesc Xairó & Asociados, for the Station Building of the Mutua de Terrassa.

In the category of Innovation in construction, the award was won by the candidature formed by Joan Fabregat, Avelino Alcocer, Josep Maria Fabregat, Óscar Rodríguez and Josep Malgosa by the Serra Institute of Noet de Berga.

In the category of Safety and Health Coordination, the award went to Raúl Zapater, of GCA Arquitectos, for the Complex of semi-detached houses attached to the Palafrugell street in Gavà.

The Final Degree Work Award was also awarded, which Francisco Murillo, from the Higher Polytechnic School of Building of Barcelona (EPSEB), won for the project Change of use of the Cal Masover Nou de l'Hospitalet de Llobregat in the School of Nature.

Career path

On the other hand, the Special Prize for the Professional Trajectory 2019 was awarded, this time to Vicenç Tomàs Galiana, a rigger in the liberal practice of the profession and partner of the TAC Arquitectos studio, who has been director of the execution of works of contemporary architecture. notable as the headquarters of the Telefónica de la Avenida company in Rome, in Barcelona; the expansion of the Futbol Club Barcelona Stadium or the construction of homes, offices and public spaces in the block of the old Uriach Laboratories in the Sant Martí district of Barcelona.

The jury of this last edition had a multidisciplinary character and was formed by Josep Maria Forteza, technical architect and Project Manager; Conxita Balcells, architect; Jan Dinarès, technical architect; Santiago Ayuso, technical architect and security coordinator; Valentí Julià, technical architect and manager of the construction company Serom; Maria Lluïsa Sánchez, architect and director of engineering JSS, and Jordi Gosalves, president of CAATEEB and also of the jury.