On Monday 26th October 2015, the new facilities were inaugurated of the International Pilgrim Reception Centre located on Carretas Street in Santiago de Compostela. The ceremony was attended by various authorities including the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijó, the Mayor of Santiago Martiño Noriega, and the Director-General of Tourism, Nava Castro, along with the Archbishop of Santiago, Julián Barrio, and the head of the Santiago Cathedral Foundation, Daniel Lorenzo, as well as other authorities of the church and the Santiago Chapter.
The renovation project was developed by DICSA according to the project by the architect Carlos Rosón Gasalla and it involves an investment of around 1.5 million Euros. The centre occupies part of the old nursing home on Carretas Street in Santiago de Compostela and was renovated by the Cathedral Foundation under an agreement with Galicia Tourism.
DICSA has secured a contract to rehabilitate Boulevard Colonel Amirouche and its surrounding area in Algiers, the capital of this North African country.
The first phase of this project consists of rehabilitating a total of 22 buildings, which will involve improving their façades and building common spaces on one of Algier's most emblematic streets. This project will be in conjunction with the architect César Portela Fernández-Jardón, a native of Pontevedra.
The project was assigned by the Office of Real Estate Management and Promotion of Bir Mourad Rais, which falls under the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing of the Province of Algiers, and is included in a larger plan for improving buildings located in the capital's city centre.
The project will be completed over the course of 12 months, though DICSA is hoping for this opportunity to serve as its breakthrough into the North African market, where it is aiming to add new projects to its portfolio.
The Ignacio Cerviño Prize for Heritage Promotion has gone to the restoration of two narrow houses on Rúa Sol Street, in the village's historic centre
The winners of the Xohán de Cangas Prizes for Cultural and Artistic Creation, along with the Ignacio Cerviño Prize for Heritage Promotion, which will be awarded this evening in the Auditorium (8 pm), have already been identified. The jury awarded the director of the Cangas Cultural House and owner of the A Mangallona Museum, CamiloCamaño, the prize for cultural creation and ElíasPortela, a local poet who resides in Iceland, received the one for literary creation. And the Ignacio Cerviño Prize for Heritage Promotion has gone to the rehabilitation of two narrow houses on Rúa Sol Street, in the village's historic centre. One is the house that Manuel Araújo and his sister Josefa restored, number 39, the façade of which is only two meters wide. Josefa will receive the prize because Manuel lives in A Coruña, where he works as a pharmacist and where he found architect José Manuel Vilariño, who did the actual restoration work. The small family-owned house, which is currently being rented, was turned into a three-level 80 m2 home, the ground floor of which measures only 22 m2.
Manuel Araújo grew up in another house next to the former collegiate church, and he admires Cangas' old city, though after completing this work, he now recognises that rehabilitation is not cheap. He is most displeased by the tall buildings that have been allowed to crop up in the historic centre and says that it would be wonderful if the Special Internal Protection Plan (Pepri), which governs rehabilitation of Cangas' old city, were implemented equally across the board.
In Leon, house number 6 on the very same street was also rehabilitated. Cangas local Alejandra del Río lives there. She grew up in her family's home on Rúa Sol Street, which she and her husband, Daniel Domínguez, purchased when her family decided to put it up for sale. The Vigo-based architect firm in charge of the rehabilitation primarily relied on stones sourced from demolitions and wood: the block placed under the eaves gives the house a modern touch. The old home, which consisted of a lower and upper level, has been converted to one with a lower level, two middle levels and an upper level under the eaves. The house measures about 3 meters wide and 5 meters long, which means that its ground floor is less than 18 m2. Each level is essentially one room; there isn't space for much more. It's like a vertical apartment. The kitchen, dining area and bathroom are on the lower level, the bedrooms are on the first and second floor, and there is a living room and small terrace on the upper level. Daniel Domínguez is a true lover of Galician stone, something that is not so common in his native Leon. They cannot be here to receive their prize, but his wife's sister and mother did, indeed, make it.
The company has been recognised for its work on the Fraga building in Vigo.
The prized building is located at 18 García Barbón Avenue in Vigo. The winning company, Planin S.L., "managed to combine two of today's main aspects in the treatment of stone façades of buildings under rehabilitation: the modernity of the current architectural trend toward straight lines, no clutter, minimalistic shapes and appropriate deconstruction and thinning of elements in the areas of new construction with the recovery of the city's memory, which has made it possible to preserve and rehabilitate historic façades, thereby yielding a building in harmony with itself, where the parts that are new are not out of place, and yet the project goes beyond standard preservation", says Eva Portas Fernández.