The City Council invests 300,000 euros in the consolidation works of the Armero mill – Murcia Actualidad

The Mayor of Murcia, José Antonio Serrano, visited this historic enclave today to present the project, which will begin to be carried out in the first half of 2023. The works that are starting now constitute a first phase, which will continue with the works of final rehabilitation and which will represent an investment of more than one million euros

The City Council of Murcia, through the Department of Urban Planning and Ecological Transition, headed by Andrés Guerrero, will invest 294,637 euros in the consolidation works of the Armero mill, which is part of the monumental complex of the historic site of Monteagudo- Cabezo de Torres, declared Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC).

The Mayor of Murcia, José Antonio Serrano, visited the Molino Armero and explained that “today, at last, and after many years hidden in a drawer, we can say that the Murcia City Council has budgeted almost 300,000 euros for the consolidation works of the Armero Mill, a monument of great ethnographic and monumental interest that must be recovered because it is part of the heritage treasure of the Municipality of Murcia, and this building includes the remains of the previous mill of the seventeenth century and the most recent from the 17th century XX, where the stones and millstones are kept”.

In this sense, Serrano said that “these works are preliminary to the definitive rehabilitation works of this property, which will require an investment of more than one million euros and which will begin once this first phase is completed, which aims to C’ is essential to secure the infrastructure to prevent it from further deterioration.

bad condition of the building

For his part, Andrés Guerrero indicated that “consolidation work should begin in the first half of next year”. In this sense, the councilor added that “due to the poor state of the building, in August and September 2021, the necessary prior actions were carried out to ensure the access of municipal technicians in safe conditions to the entire property, carrying out its inspection and the collection of data for the elaboration of this consolidation project, as well as the preliminary archaeological monitoring and documentation.When carrying out these works, the presence, inside the mill, of of movable property of various nature and state of conservation, related to the traditional use of the building, was verified. This fact motivates the publication, dated January 20, 2022, of a resolution of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia ordering the adoption of preventive measures aimed at preventing the deterioration or loss of the aforementioned objects and machinery ”.

José Antonio Serrano said that “the consolidation project includes the necessary actions to ensure both the structural stability of the building, safeguarding the construction elements, and its waterproofing, so that the progressive deterioration to which it is subject due access to rainwater In this sense, the necessary works will be carried out for the removal of roofing materials, the demolition of unstable walls and roofs, the structural reinforcement of existing walls, including the sealing of cracks, the reconstruction collapsed walls and the surface treatment of the exterior walls, as well as the execution of new roofs”.

In addition, explained the Mayor of Murcia, “among the works envisaged are measures to protect the movable property present inside the Armero mill, carrying out an inventory of it by the archaeologist appointed by the contracting company, and custody and custody according to the indications of the corresponding Municipal Service”.

A great ethnographic interest

As an architectural ensemble included in the PE-BIC Monteagudo-Cabezo de Torres Historic Site, the Armero Mill, located above a medieval Islamic basin and built next to the Churra la Vieja moat, is one of the last paprika mills in the municipality of Murcia. . Registered with degree of protection 1 (1ED-CT4), it is of great ethnographic interest, since the property includes the remains of the old mill from the 17th century, and the most recent, from the 20th century, inside which stones and machines are kept from grinding

Currently, the property is in an advanced state of deterioration, with collapsed parts of the roof that cause the constant entry of water inside the building, with the consequent aggravation of the deficiencies. Added to this are numerous cracks and cracks, wall collapses, unstable elements with the risk of detachment and falling, invasive plant species, and other damage that is detailed in the project.

In view of the situation, the need to intervene in the existing construction has arisen to prevent further deterioration, as well as to provide it with the necessary conditions of stability and security allowing its future adaptation to the intended use.GP

Speech by José Antonio Serrano

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