Author(s): Maria Piedad Herrera; Roberto Pillado; Jorge Martin; Pablo Arjona; Amparo Fidel; Antonio Bayo; Juan Carlos Sanchez-Canete; Daniel Etreros
Linked Author(s): Maria Piedad Herrera
Keywords: Port-city concept; Human-water integration; Urban-port planning; Maritime structures
Abstract: It is undoubted the relevance and impact that harbours have within our surroundings. Due to its proximity to the city, we cannot speak about port development without considering urban development. This fact has been the cause of the importance that the Port-city model has gained in recent years. This concept acquires special relevance in the Port of Almería (Spain) given its proximity to the city center. Almería is faced with a unique opportunity to regenerate its city and turn its Port into a reference model. The current planning of the Almería Port Authority already presents a clear criterion regarding its future growth, and this is the growth towards the outer zone of the Port. It is a trend shared with many other Spanish and international ports, to move commercial traffic away from the areas closest to the urban centers, and to expand the infrastructures in order to meet the growing activity demand. For that reason, in 2016, an agreement was signed between the Almería Port Authority, the Almería City Council and the Bahía Almeriport Foundation; in which they undertook to initiate and promote the necessary steps to change the current uses of disused port areas, as well as to plan the long-term integration of the Port-City of Almería. The Master Plan promotes the long-term transformation of the entire port front of the city in different areas. For a first phase of action, intervention is proposed in the area of the Levante Quay, the Cable Frances structure, and the Almadrabillas Maritime Front; for which the drafting of a Project is awarded to the UTE PROES / ESTUDIO 7, with two main objectives: 1) Improve infrastructures for cruise ship traffic 2) Provide the necessary infrastructures to the sea front to accommodate the Port-city actions The main activities to conduct are listed below: •Levante Quay: It is intended to carry out the expansion, as well as the adaptation of the internal face of this quay to give a correct service to cruise traffic, given the advanced state of deterioration that it presents. It is a conventional vertical quay and it is the oldest in the commercial dock of the Port of Almería. •Cable Francés: This structure is an old mineral loading dock (constructed in 1920) located in the beach. Because of its situation of deterioration, the Port of Almería wants to recover this space to turn it into another attraction for the city's seafront. •Almadrabillas Maritime Front: It will be developed a reorganization of the waterfront giving continuity to the promenade throughout the area.