Benidorm presents the project for the Séquia Mare youth hostel and interpretation centre

July 26, 2021
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Benidorm already has a project for the youth hostel, interpretation center and camping area of ​​the Parque de la Séquia Mare; a project included in the Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Development Strategy (EDUSI) that has municipal funding and European funds. The technical team that won the competition called to design the construction today presented the details of the project to the mayor, Toni Pérez; the Councilor for Youth, Jaime Jesús Pérez; members of the Corporation and representatives of the Scout Horizontes Group. 

The mayor explained that it is "one of the most important infrastructures of the EDUSI, fundamentally linked to young people" and that it is fully in tune with the concept of the park, which "was born with a great sports and cultural component, linked to the Séquia Mare, key in the repopulation of Benidorm from 1666 ”. 

Toni Pérez has influenced that "we are providing new investments to the park, which many people already enjoy daily, generating in this case spaces for leisure for young people in Benidorm and other parts of our geography", while "expanding the city's cultural offer ”with the creation of the Séquia Mare interpretation center. As highlighted, the project proposed by the JAS Arquitectura team is "admirable from a sustainable point of view and is perfectly integrated into the park itself." 

This integration has been achieved by designing "a building in section", as the architect José Manuel Escobedo has clarified. Thus "although the slope is not very steep, making two earthworks we fit the ground floor into a semi-buried floor, which apparently makes the building occupy much less height". 

The person in charge of the project has detailed that the ground floor of the building will house "public elements" such as kitchen, restaurant, dining room, playroom and library; while on the upper floor the rooms will be located on the south side and the interpretation center on the north side. The building opens onto "a large square of 800 square meters" in which to hold cultural events or acts. 

In addition, a landscaped roof has been planned –which improves maintenance and efficiency- and can be walked on, with “a circular route that borders the cover and that prolongs the park's 'running' paths, opening onto a square of around 200 square meters. ”.

The main building will be complemented by a camping, canopy and multi-adventure area. 

The mayor has indicated that the designed youth hostel "complies with the Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Law" and will constitute "one more alternative for staying in Benidorm". Likewise, he reported that the writing team is already working on the drafting of the execution project, so it is expected "to have the tender underway before the end of the fall." 

Toni Pérez, has advanced that "the work is going to be executed within the deadlines set by EDUSI", the execution not being extended for more than nine months once the works begin. The project as a whole has a budget of 2,117,500 euros. 

Project details

The hostel will have capacity for between 50 and 60 people, and will have: rooms for 8 to 20 beds with heating, bathrooms with showers, common dining and recreation areas, a playroom or library, laundry room, washing machine, safe and breakfast or lunch service or, failing that, the use of a kitchen will be provided.  

For its part, the interpretation center, conceived as a didactic space, will be destined to explain the uses and customs of the Marina Baixa, and in which it also pays tribute to the Séquia Mare as a great work of hydraulic engineering key to promote the development of the populations of the region.

This building will be located on a 2,626 square meter plot next to the 'skate' and the 'bowl'. 

Regarding the camping area, it will be located on a plot of 14,800 square meters that corresponds to the access pine forest to the park.