Marbella council has just put out to tender works to renovate the Plaza Antonio Banderas in Puerto Banús.
Situated at the heart of the area and inaugurated 20 years ago as a tribute to Malaga’s famous actor, the square is now mainly used by people just passing through. Now the council wants to reposition it as an attractive place to meet people in and spend leisure time.
According to a document created by architect Nicolás Aguado, the square has suffered a “logical deterioration due to the passage of time combined with a lack of maintenance, principally in the shaded areas and in the street furniture such as fountains, benches and flower beds”.
Aguado complains that the shades are too tall and narrow to offer much shelter from the sun and that a lack of places to sit means that the square is mostly used to cross from one part of the town to another.
The council’s plan is to convert the square into a new space for “people to enjoy, somewhere more comfortable and attractive,” said Javier García, Marbella’s head of works.
One of the main ideas in the proposal is to create a large central pergola with two long branches, made of laminated metal and finished in pine.
The budget for the renovation works is 549,999 euros and 55 per cent of this is to be paid for with a special grant from Malaga’s Diputación.
The rest will be covered by Marbella council and the scheme is expected to be completed within a period of four months.
Interested parties have until January 21st to present their offers to the town hall.
Courtesy: Sur in English
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