The town hall begins the restoration works of the Puerta de Alcalá – Diario del Ayuntamiento de Madrid

Reports advise immediate action

The studies on the state of conservation show that, although it does not suffer from structural problems, certain deteriorations appear which affect more or less its conservation, in particular the ornamental elements.

It has been verified that the lead cover is not working effectively and there is condensation moisture on top of the door frame

In order to improve the conservation of the monument, a monitoring system will be developed which will allow an exhaustive and systematic follow-up

The City Council of Madrid, through the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports, has completed the work to know the state of conservation of the Puerta de Alcalá, work of Francesco Sabatini. Today, the delegate of the region, Andrea Levy, informed the board of directors of the need for immediate action on the monument, as explained by the municipal spokesperson, Inmaculada Sanz.

Puerta de Alcalá and details of the state of conservation

The current government team, in 2019, began to design a study to know its state of conservation, since it had not been restored for three decades. At the end of 2021, these studies were completed, which followed methodologies approved by national and international restoration charters and protocols and used the most advanced technology, taking place between July and November 2022 at the same gate. For this, the best experts in stone treatment and restoration have been used, as well as the technical advice of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE). At all times, the consensus of the experts was sought both in the methodology to be applied in the restoration and in the provision of effective solutions to the problems detected.

The three reports received, coinciding in terms of diagnosis, describe that the state of conservation of the Puerta de Alcalá, although it does not suffer from structural problems, does suffer from certain deteriorations that more or less affect its conservation, especially in ornamental elements, which can be resolved by appropriate restoration. The most disturbing are some specific ornamental elements, sculptural groups that show cracks and cracks caused by the passage of time and the behavior of the materials used in previous restorations. In addition, it has been verified that the lead cover is not working effectively and there is condensation moisture in the upper part of the door structure, which must be stopped and resolved. Finally, in part of the granite structure, we see that some plates have emerged that must be removed.

For all these reasons, the reports advise immediate, thorough and complete action, following the appropriate methodology and using modern materials and high-tech restoration.

In the light of these studies, the City Council will proceed with the restoration of this monument, emblem of Madrid and symbol of the Landscape of Light. Likewise, during the intervention, the knowledge of the complex will be deepened in order to design specific protocols for continuous monitoring that will allow an exhaustive and systematic monitoring of the state of the door, also developing various action protocols for the different scenarios.

A budget of 2.6 million with an expected execution time of 12 months

The provisional budget for carrying out the restoration work is 2.6 million euros and the provisional execution time is 12 months from the start of the work. The company that won the contract for the maintenance of the monuments of the City of Madrid, Fernandez Molina, will be responsible for carrying out the work under the supervision of the conservator architects of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, the advice of the IPCE and the control of the local Historical Heritage Commission. /

Inmaculada Sanz, spokesperson for the municipal government

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