Huércal-Overa Town Council has received the provisional resolution of the rehabilitation project of the building that houses the Gabriel Espinar Municipal Library of the Programme of aid to Local Entities for the rehabilitation of public buildings (PIREP) framed in the Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience under the European Funds Next Generation EU.
Huércal-Overa is the provisional beneficiary of a €625,000 grant to carry out the comprehensive refurbishment of the building with an investment of €795,975.12 which “will build modern facilities in line with the current use of the building, adapting it to the needs and demands of users and library staff, while converting it into an energy sustainable building”, explained the Mayor, Domingo Fernández.
The Gabriel Espinar Municipal Library is a cultural and intergenerational meeting point, a place where children, teenagers, adults and the elderly live together for different types of activities such as cultural and literary events, book lending, study, reading, computing, training workshops, etc. The facilities will be modernised, with improved air conditioning, separation of spaces for different uses (children, study, coworking, book lending, reading room), improved lighting, acoustic insulation, better use of natural light and the use of natural materials such as wood.
Last year the library received 46,112 visits and has 9,028 members, of whom 4,465 made use of the book lending service. These figures show the importance of the public use of the building in the municipality. The refurbishment project is in line with the New European Bauhaus combining sustainability, inclusion and aesthetics thanks to the use of natural materials such as wood, the efficient use of natural light, the improvement of the building envelope to enhance energy savings by reducing the use of artificial lighting and air conditioning units, “thus contributing to creating a more sustainable and less carbon-intensive lifestyle. In addition, all the actions have been designed with the participation of citizens,” said Fernández.
The design includes multi-purpose spaces and classrooms separated by use, the square metres per user are increased in the reading and study rooms and the air conditioning is improved, which has an impact on air quality.
The Councillor for European Programmes, Monica Navarro, explained that “the good management carried out by the City Council and the good project submitted to this call have placed our municipality with the rehabilitation of the Library in 43rd place out of 405 applications provisionally approved at national level. The granting of these funds is another example of the work we are doing from the City Council to take advantage of the European Funds to implement various projects with which we continue to improve our municipality.
The Town Council has already sent the acceptance of the resolution so that it can become definitive within the established period. The refurbishment and modernisation project of the library is also one of the main actions of the Urban Agenda of Huércal-Overa. In order to determine the needs of the refurbishment, the Town Council promoted a citizen participation survey asking how to improve the library, as well as a co-creation workshop made up of experts and users from which the main ideas that have shaped the project were extracted.