The Plaza de las Glorias project was framed within the town planning transformation of Barcelona as the site of the Olympic Games in 1992. At the end of the 1980s, Esteyco prepared the project and acted as project management for the Plaza de las Glorias ring road in Barcelona.
A decade later, studies started for a major town planning operation around the Plaza de las Glorias that consisted of the demolition of the ring road viaducts in favour of a solution with tunnels to improve the permeability of the city and provide the district with more green spaces. This remodelling also included the moving of the “vells,” the new HUB Design Museum, the enlargement and rehabilitation of the Las Glorias shopping centre, etc.
The road tunnels project was of great complexity, mainly due to the sub-soil. The tunnels had to be compatible with all the existing infrastructures and utilities – railway lines, ramps on old infrastructures – as well as other important conditioners such as the railway branch to the Francia station that affected the landscaping, mobility, etc.