The works of Valdecarros begin: this is how Madrid will change from north to south

The Madrid City Council has inaugurated this week the works of Valdecarros, the largest urban development in Spain, an area of ​​more than 19 million square meters where more than 51,600 homes will be built in the coming years, of which approximately 28,400 will have some kind of of protection.

This new district is the largest of the so-called ‘southeast developments’ (together with Los Berrocales, Los Ahijones, El Cañaveral and Los Cerros), a space that extends the Ensanche de Vallecas district, crossed by the M-45 and the M-31 and delimited by the Ensanche itself, the linear park of Manzanares, Mercamadrid and, to the south, the M-50 ring road.

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Tuesday was when the urbanization works began in the first of the eight phases of the project, which includes some 2,500 homes, to be built within a planned period of 24 months, when the first neighbors could begin to arrive. The financing and execution will be the responsibility of the Valdecarros Compensation Board, and will be supervised by the City Council’s Works and Equipment area.

The new development will also have 6.9 million square meters of green areas, integrated into the Metropolitan Forest, and the Consistory estimates that the works will create some 480,000 jobs, both direct and indirect.

This is how the north of Madrid will also change

Model of Valgrande, new neighborhood of Alcobendas

Last June, the Alcobendas council also gave the starting signal for Valgrande, the project north of the capital that will have 8,600 homes, of which 55% will be subsidized. An investment of 2,300 million euros is planned between the public and private initiative, an estimated return of 511 million euros is expected and it will generate 4,000 jobs during its development.

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Valgrande will be integrated with the current city and in harmony with the natural enclave of the area. It contemplates the special protection of the Valdelatas mountain through the creation of a natural transition strip of 200,077 square meters. It also protects the Valdelacasa stream through a newly created large central park with an area of ​​212,271 square metres, which includes an extensive network of walking paths through the trees, playgrounds and leisure areas. In total, it will have 579,778 square meters of new green areas, 27% of the project surface.

Sustainability is another of the strategic axes of the project. Valgrande has been conceived as a smart district and aspires to achieve the highest levels of innovation, energy efficiency, mobility and ecological management of resources and waste. You will have the latest technology in telecommunications, transport and mobile applications for help. In addition, it will include an extensive network of pedestrian paths and bike lanes. In terms of mobility and communications, it includes an improvement in external connections by road and through Alcobendas, preparing its link with the future M-50.

that will end up uniting the municipality to the city of Madrid. Specifically, it will be at the gates of the so-called , another of the urban developments that has also recently been launched and that will involve a total regeneration of the northern part of the city, with the extension of the Castilian by more than 3 kilometers.

The development includes the construction of 10,500 homes, 20% of them with public protection, the remodeling of the Chamartín railway station, which aspires to become the largest AVE station in Spain, and the creation of a new annex business center , within an area that includes 3 million square meters, which is equivalent to 460 football stadiums.

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In addition, the development will involve the injection in Madrid of 400,000 square meters of new green areas that will structure the urban area and will create a linear green corridor that will connect a central park that includes the project with the parks in the north of the region, including areas of leisure. In addition, there will be 13 kilometers of bike lanes that will connect Madrid Nuevo Norte with neighboring neighborhoods and the green cycle ring.

A Metropolitan Forest to bypass the capital

This increase in the private and protected housing stock will be accompanied by the creation of a green belt that will surround the city. Baptized as Metropolitan Forest, it is a 75-kilometre green infrastructure that will bypass the capital. ‘Aguaila Madrid Puerta de la Sierra’, ‘Butterfly Effect’, ‘A Flor de Plaster’, ‘Manantial Sur’ and ‘Del Manzanares al Guadarrama’ are the works chosen for an investment of 77 million euros to the municipal coffers.

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