SEVILLA, 03/02/2021,- Avenida de la Cruz Roja en Sevilla. Proyecto Life Water Cool. EFE/Julio Muñoz

The Provincial Historical Heritage Commission approves the project for the sustainable urban transformation of Avenida de la Cruz Roja and its surroundings.

Life Watercool - 11 March, 2021

Sevilla, 11 mar (Ayuntamiento de Sevilla).- The City Council of Seville has obtained the favorable opinion of the Provincial Commission of Historical Heritage under the Ministry of Culture to the urban transformation project of the Avenida de la Cruz Roja, co-financed with European funds, which is currently in the bidding phase.

This report was mandatory because part of the intervention is located in the environment of Cultural Interest (BIC) of the wall of the Macarena so that once obtained as soon as the administrative process is completed may start the works that will have precautionary measures and archaeological protection.

The initiative, co-financed by European funds through the Life Watercool program, expands pedestrian spaces, creates a new square, implements a sustainable urban drainage system, increases the number of trees and incorporates new fountains and landscaped areas.

The project involves an investment of 7.1 million euros for the renovation of the networks and the complete urban transformation of Avenida de la Cruz Roja and the streets Jorge Montemayor, Doctor Jiménez Díaz and Manuel Villalobos. The design, which is also part of a plan to improve mobility in the North and Macarena districts, has European funding through the Life Watercool program and is based on criteria of sustainability, urban improvement and combating climate change. In fact, a sustainable urban drainage system, new public spaces, fountains, more trees and new fountains will be implemented throughout the area. A large pedestrian area will be created with a single platform in the  Cruz Roja, Avenue.

La Comisión Provincial de Patrimonio Histórico aprueba el proyecto de transformación urbana sostenible de la Avenida de la Cruz Roja y su entorno
“It is a strategic project for the Macarena district and for the city and we are acting with the utmost rigor, with participation and transparency. This work will contribute to the improvement of the urban environment, to the sustainability and fight against climate change and to the economic and social reactivation”, explains the delegate of the Macarena district, Clara Macias.

The project tendered by Emasesa establishes firstly the renovation of the supply and sewerage networks that are in poor condition in Avenida de la Cruz Roja and Jorge Montemayor, Doctor Jimenez Diaz and Manuel Villalobos streets. In total, more than 900 meters in length will be laid out with new pipelines that will improve the service provided in the area.

Following the criteria of the European Life Watercool call for proposals, a sustainable urban drainage system will be implemented throughout this area to control water at source and ensure the quality of runoff water. In addition, the aim is to generate more pleasant and healthy spaces for citizens and improve biodiversity. To this end, as sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) techniques, structural tree surrounds, permeable pavements, floodable flowerbeds and infiltration wells will be used.

The section of the streets will be completely changed according to accessibility criteria, to favor pedestrian and cyclist mobility and to introduce new green areas and trees. La Cruz Roja will be left as a single-platform pedestrian road and will have 3.50 meters of mixed road for cyclists, hospital service and access to garages.

At the connection with Manuel Villalobos and Doctor Jiménez Díaz streets, a new public square will be created with an ornamental fountain, a small urban forest around the ficus tree and a new bicycle lane.

Throughout the entire layout, the paving will be different from the city’s sidewalks, with special permeable pavers and large-format prefabricated slabs in the new square. A specific design will be incorporated with different shades and the pavements will be made of bituminous concrete layers.

The urban transformation will also incorporate a new LED lighting network throughout the street and up to three ornamental fountains. Two at the green access gate to the Red Cross from the Ronda histórica and another triangular fountain in the new square that will be located in front of the Arias Montano school. There will also be new street furniture to create spaces for coexistence and public use.

As for the trees, the aim of the project is to practically double the number of existing trees in the area, which will have up to 271 trees in total. The entire project will be carried out with a technical study of the existing trees, the empty tree wells and the new trees that will be planted throughout the area. There will also be more green and landscaped areas.

This urban transformation will be completed with the reorganization of mobility in the North and Macarena areas, with the reorganization of the Tussam line, changes in the direction of traffic on different roads or the reduction of vehicles in the historic ring road, increasing the space for pedestrians and cyclists and establishing traffic calming measures.


Information provided by EFEverde of Agencia EFE and published as part of its participation in the European Union’s Life WaterCool project.


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About LIFE18 CCA/ES/001122 

Water efficient systemic concept for climate change adaptation in urban areas.

Life Invasaqua is co-financed by the EU under the Life initiative and coordinated by Emasesa. This European project aims to: develop and test innovative solutions to cope with high temperatures, both outdoors and indoors, and with temporary water runoff and drought situations in an urban environment subject to climate change.

Partners: Emasesa, Alten, AgenciaEFE (@efeverde), Ayuntamiento de SevillaUniversidad de Sevilla

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