THE new face of Palma's sea front at the eastern end of the Paseo Maritimo took a step nearer to taking shape yesterday, when Javier Rodrigo de Santos, Palma City Council town planning deputy, announced the names of the companies who are to undertake the multi-phased major construction project.
The work could be started as soon as next month. De Santos said that, to make the work easier to carry out, the total sea front area (403'554 square metres) had been divided into four areas, and that refurbishing work in each of these areas could be carried out simultaneously.
He added that the maximum budget allowed for the bid which had gone out to public tender was 43.4 million euros, and that the contract had been awarded to an alliance of companies which had quoted 38.8 million euros, a negotiation which he described as very positive for the city.
With regard to the awarding of contracts, the work in Zone 1 will be done by Acciona and Roig Obres i Serveis, while the work in Zone 2 will be carried out by Dragados and Coexa S.A..
The work in Zone 3 will be executed by Melchor Mascaro and Zone 4 will be undertaken by Ferrovial and Centromontajes.
De Santos pointed out that a quarter of the sea front, some 98'000 square metres, will be a green area, and also that the contracts had been awarded on the assumption that the GESA building would be demolished.