Sant Adrià de Besòs (Barcelona), September 23 (EFE).- The future digital, audiovisual and video game center of Catalonia, which will house the three chimneys of the old thermal power plant of Sant Adrià del Besòs (Barcelona), started this Friday with a “photo” and the “firm commitment” of all administrations, universities and the industrial sector to complete it in 2030.

One of the fundamental elements of this hub will be the Catalunya Media City (CMC), which will be located in the turbine building, right next to the three gigantic chimneys that have dominated the skyline of the Barcelona coast for decades, and which will house research, production and post-production spaces, with a necessary investment estimated at 450 million euros.

The Minister of Culture, Natàlia Garriga, clarified this Friday during the presentation of the project that the Catalunya Media City will be “a research and production center for the audiovisual and video game sectors; and it will also have innovation centers, which will have the most advanced technology, and its will will be to serve the producers”.

In this space, Garriga continued, there should also be training related to the world of audiovisual and video games, which will encourage vocational training and the university to create the most technical teams necessary for productions.

According to Garriga, CMC will have “state-of-the-art sets and user experience (UX) test rooms; interactive content creation spaces; artificial intelligence project laboratories; 5G and robotics; sound and podcast recording studios; a Data Center with high connectivity for remote production and editing, or an e-sports stadium”.

The administrations are convinced that this space will attract companies linked to the audiovisual, video game and digital sectors, suppliers, producers, developers and other members of the production chain.

The more than 2,000 audiovisual companies in Catalonia invoice 12,000 million euros and employ some 14,000 workers, a sector which “creates an imaginary, both among us and outside” and which has “a lot of talent in the artistic part, but also in the technical part”.

The other sector involved in the project, that of video games, has 200 companies, 4,000 workers, mostly aged under 45.

The President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has highlighted that the hub is one of the key projects in Catalonia for the next decade, with the capacity to “transform” the entire region of Besòs and attract national investment and talent and international.

“It will be a before and after. A project designed for the whole of Catalonia, which will have an impact on the living conditions of a part of the country with great potential for development”, he underlined in reference to the municipalities on the banks of the Besòs.

After acknowledging that this corner of Catalonia, at the mouth of the Besòs, has historically felt underserved, the president stressed that now all eyes are on him by hosting this hub which will be “key” for “a country who wants to be competitive”. and wants to take advantage of the full potential of Barcelona as the capital of Europe and the projection of Catalan”.

For his part, the Vice-President of the Generalitat and Minister of Digital Policies and Territory, Jordi Puigneró, described the hub as a “country project”, which will transform the region of Besòs into an “emblematic” area, linked to technology and sustainability. .

One of the axes on which the hub rests, Puigneró pointed out, is the Barcelona Cable Landing Station, the first digital port for fiber optic submarine cables that will connect Catalonia to the rest of the world and which has been located in this same area of ​​Sant Adria.

During the event, which took place on the Besòs campus of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), a few meters from the three chimneys of the old thermal power station, neither deadlines nor investments were specified, in awaiting the approval of the new urban plan for the banks of the Besòs river, which could become reality in the coming weeks.

The Three Chimneys Master Plan affects an area of ​​23 hectares and includes facilities, a large metropolitan park, housing and spaces for economic activity.

The Minister of Culture assured that “the timetable will not be short” and a long-term horizon is proposed, so that it becomes a reality in its entirety in 2030, even if the intention of its promoters is that ” it is divided into different phases, so that citizens can see the progress of the overall project”.

The mayors of Sant Adrià and Badalona, ​​​​Filo Cañete and Rubén Guijarro, respectively, as well as the deputy mayor of Barcelona, ​​Jordi Martí, have agreed that this project will help revitalize a neighborhood that has been forgotten for many years and in which the great advances were built from neighborhood movements and labor movements. ECE

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