PRESS RELEASE 147
Minister Josep Borrell Visits the Restoration Works on the New Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation at Plaza del Marqués de Salamanca No. 8
20/12/2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, accompanied by the Under-Secretary of the Ministry, Ángeles Moreno Bau, this morning visited the restoration works on the building at Plaza del Marqués de Salamanca No. 8 which will become the Ministry’s main headquarters.

In 2012 it was decided that restoration and renovation works would be undertaken on the building, which was already the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The work was awarded to the company TRAGSA in 2014, based on a design by the architects Mira, Milla y Navarro Arquitectos S.L. and under the direction of the Directorate-General for State Assets, with work starting in October 2017.

The renovation of the protected elements involves the full conservation of the façades and elements representative of the original mansion, built as the headquarters of the National Industrial Institute (INI) in 1941, in addition to the reorganisation and streamlining of the spaces of the entire building. The new headquarters will make it possible to house most of the Ministry’s units in one place (currently at different locations), which will result in significant annual savings on rent.

The renovation and intervention of the 50,000m² building will improve the usability of the work spaces based on sustainability and energy efficiency criteria. It will also improve safety management, with new evacuation and risk prevention systems and the inclusion of social facilities such as a nursery.

The Ministry is working to ensure that the building is completed on schedule, by March 2020, and it expects to move in to the building around June 2020. The relocation to the new headquarters will provide a boost to the State’s foreign action, by making it a priority to provide the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation with the resources necessary to enable it to engage in modern diplomacy to serve the interests of Spain and its citizens.

 

 

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