The Spanish Tourism Institute (Turespaña) has commissioned the state company Ineco to design the remodeling and expansion project of the Madrid Conference Center, located on Paseo de la Castellana and known for the ceramic mural on its frontispiece designed by Joan I look.
“With the signing of this collaboration between Turespaña and Ineco, we are making progress in the recovery of an emblematic building in the capital that offers great potential to improve Spain's competitiveness in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events tourism segment (MICE, in its acronym in English) for its excellent location and its surface area of almost 40,000 square meters ”, highlighted the Secretary of State for Tourism and President of Turespaña, Fernando Valdes, after signing the order with the president of Ineco, Carmen Librero.
"The reform will also allow the location of the new headquarters of the World Tourism Organization, which will give more visibility to the main international institution in the field of tourism of the United Nations," said Fernando Valdés in reference to the UN agency based in Madrid since 1975.
Characteristics of the assignment
Within 10 months from the signing of the order (extendable due to unforeseen causes), Ineco must present a basic project for the construction and exploitation of the works, which will be tendered at a later stage.
For this consulting work and drafting of the basic project, Ineco will receive from Turespaña a maximum amount of 627,199.82 euros. The project must include an analysis of the state of conservation of the Miró mural by a specialized professional, since it involves of a singular element protected by the Madrid General Urban Development Plan of 1997.
The institute attached to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism will supervise all the works and may propose modifications in everything that it deems appropriate and does not represent an economic imbalance.
Inaugurated in 1970, the Palacio de Congresos has been closed since December 2012, when a technical report concluded that it did not comply with current regulations on security. The car park does remain in operation (it is operated by Turespaña) since this area was not affected by the 1995 fire that damaged part of the complex.