The Valencian engineering studies how to minimize the fraudulent entry of users into the metropolitan area
• The future hospital of Gandia has already approved the construction project, has been awarded the site management and the deadline for submitting bids to carry out the works has expired. These could begin by the end of this year.
• Drafting of the project for the Xàtiva-Carcaixent stretch of the Ribera-Costera Greenway and the repair of the Moraira submarine outflow are already under way
After a turbulent period of paralysis and uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, activity in the public works sector is slowly recovering. Among the companies that are resuming or initiating new projects, the Valencian company Vielca Ingenieros stands out. He is currently working on four fronts that are being developed in the Valencian Community; the project to remodel the open-air stations of MetroValencia throughout the València metropolitan area, and the project to build a section of the Greenway between Xàtiva and Carxaixent. In addition, the management of the works of the future hospital in Gandia, whose works will be tendered after the summer, and the repair of the emissary in Moraira after the damage suffered by this year’s storm.
Reducing intrusion
The remodeling of MetroValencia’s open-air stations in the metropolitan area presents a double challenge: to design the project according to the parameters of the BIM (Building Information Modeling) methodology, so that MetroValencia can efficiently use the huge amount of information generated during the construction process and its subsequent management, and to minimize the fraudulent entry of users that sometimes occurs at these stations when they are outdoors.
As Vicente Candela, Vielca’s CEO, explains, the work consists of developing a study of alternatives and drafting the construction projects for the construction of the new accesses: “These will be controlled by means of validation equipment, which will prevent access to the stations by persons who do not have the corresponding valid travel document, thus improving security in the facilities by preventing the passage of persons who are not customers, as well as through the pedestrian crossings between platforms. By obliging all customers to validate the ticket, it will in turn increase the registration of validations, making it possible to have a statistical source-destination matrix of all routes. This will help to facilitate the planning and development to FGV in the decision-making regarding the rail service to offer to its customers”.
Vicente Candela, CEO of Vielca, assures that the project will be ready by the end of 2021. In the development of this project, which has a budget close to half a million euros, the engineering team is working together with the company Eptisa.
Hospital of Gandia
The future Rois de Corella Hospital in Gandia is getting closer and closer to being a reality. The deadline for bidding for the execution of the works has now expired, and a total of 12 bids have been submitted. For the time being, the direction of the works has already been awarded. It will be done by Vielca Ingenieros together with Ignacio Belenguer (architect). They have half a million euros to design and direct the works of the different buildings that will make up the Rois de Corella Sanitary Space, which will be erected on the plot that occupied the former San Francesc de Borja Hospital; the Integrated Health Center, with garden area; the Public Health Center, and the Patient’s House – Health School of Gandia.
The Valencian engineering department will also define the works of adaptation and management of the space of the plot not occupied by the buildings, and will draw up the Master Plan for the management of the same, prior to the drafting of the project for the definition of the construction works of the buildings and management of the space of the plot, since this is a requirement of the Gandia City Council.
The new Espai Sanitari Rois de Corella has an initial investment of 14 million euros. After the tender for the works included in the draft, and if the deadlines announced by the Generalitat Valenciana are met, the works could begin before the end of this year.
In mid-May, the Ministry of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility awarded the project for 113,000 euros for the construction of the Carcaixent-Xàtiva stretch of the Ribera-Costera Greenway.
Vielca Ingenieros now has 18 months to draft the project. Work started in May, and the entire topographic part (site inspection and data collection) has already been completed. The administrative process is thus launched to build 16 kilometres of cycle-pedestrian route, taking advantage of 9.5 km of the railway route of the old conventional line La Encina-València, between Pobla Llarga and Xàtiva, while between La Pobla Llarga and Carcaixent a corridor will be adapted to accommodate, under appropriate conditions of road safety and comfort, the cycle-pedestrian route.
The project will allow the cyclo-pedestrian connection from the town centre of Xàtiva to the Carcaixent station, linking the regions of La Costera with that of La Ribera Alta and touring places of great scenic value. The planned investment is 3.83 million euros and the actions to be carried out may be co-financed by the Regional Development Fund of the Valencian Community (Feder) of the European Union. The completion of this work is included in the 2020 budgets of the Generalitat Valenciana and will allow the interconnection of the population centers of Carcaixent, La Pobla Llarga, Manuel-Énova and Xàtiva.
Repair of the underwater outlet at Moraira
The Valencian Government approved in March the repair of the Moraira and Alcossebre submarine emissaries, damaged by storm Gloria, for a total amount of €958,000.
In the case of Moraria (Alicante), the treated water at the Moraira-Teulada Wastewater Treatment Plant is discharged through an underwater outflow which, if necessary, also acts as rain relief in case of heavy rainfall.
The storm last January caused the appearance of a stretch of the emissary floating in the sea and a disconnection a kilometre from the coast. The planned works began three months ago and envisage immediate repair to restore the proper functioning of the emissary. They have an endowment of 466,105.20 euros and have been successfully completed on 6 July, and are currently in the period of testing and settlement of the works.