The consolidation works of the Municipal Palace of Torrelavega will end in the first quarter of 2023 – El Faradio


Although the micropile system initially planned, due to the characteristics of the terrain, has been replaced by an underground foundation system, the deadlines and the budget are maintained, being approximately 700,000 euros Torrelavega, November 22, 2022

The Mayor, Javier López Estrada, and the Minister of Public Works, José Luis Gochicoa, together with the First Deputy Mayor, José Manuel Cruz Viadero, and municipal technicians and the Government of Cantabria, today visited the consolidation works underway at the Municipal Palace in Demetrio Herrero Boulevard.

“We are calm, because at the moment the stability of the building is assured,” said the mayor, who thanked the Minister of Public Works, his team and the Government of Cantabria for the “effort” they have made put in the works and in “facing” the problems that have arisen due to the characteristics of the terrain.

As López Estrada explained, it turned out that the first option chosen, the micropilot system, “did not give the expected results”, but the new solution proposed by the technicians, the “clogging” of the ground on which the property is regulated “guarantees” the stability of the Municipal Palace.

The mayor stressed that “with the mechanisms we are putting in place to control and supervise movement, the stability of the building is perfectly ensured”. Regarding the deadlines for the completion of the works, in February or March, he pointed out that the beginning of 2023 “is an admissible date to have the building perfectly consolidated”,

The Minister of Public Works clarified that initially the consolidation system “the most common in this type of building” was chosen, micropiloting, but after the investigations, some problems were detected. On the one hand, the existence in the basement of the central area of ​​the building of a “layer of mud, with a great presence of water”, in which any type of action caused “movements in the environment” and threatened to “crack” certain construction elements. On the other hand, it was found that the structure of the retaining walls was “very fragile”.

Given this, indicated José Luis Gochicoa, the micropilot works were stopped to study another solution and after two months of investigation, they opted for the injection into the layer of sludge, through a system of tubes perforated, with a cement grout to “transform them into a resistant material” which supports the structure. A system which was used in the Paris metro, he underlined, and which, once tested, proved to be turned out to be “the good one”.

All this, he underlined with a “millimeter control” of what is done, with “rules placed throughout the property, so that, as soon as a slight deviation from this witness is noted, it stops and starts again safely so that no part of the building is damaged.

Gochicoa indicated that the “most problematic” part of the building is the central part, the hall, and everything indicates that in the side and rear areas the composition of the land is different and that the works will go “much faster”,

He also clarified that all these circumstances will not affect, in principle, the completion of the works, scheduled for February or March 2023, nor the budget, which remains around the initial 700,000 euros, which is entirely financed by the Ministry of Public works. .

For his part, the first deputy mayor agreed that the work is progressing calmly, pointing out that the new consolidation system “has been used in various regions of Spain and throughout Europe, with which it is guaranteed, to almost a hundred percent, that the result obtained will be optimal”. Cruz Viadero assured that the building will be in perfect condition for “in the future, to be able to work there and carry out the necessary works to make it this Municipal Palace that the majority of Torrelaveguenses want”. .

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