The Strategic Masterplan of the Eastern Area of Porto sets out an urban regeneration programme covering 9.7 km2 which is equivalent to 23% of the city’s territory.
The Masterplan is based on the development of five mobilizing systems - Porto eco-district, Urban social lab, Campanhã Hub, Creative ecosystem of Campanhã and Corujeira and Porto Innovation District Satellite. These mobilizing systems are in line with the following strategic focuses: economic
development, housing, mobility, urban development, ecological environment, heritage, culture and identities, social services and governance.
The main projects are the reconversion of former Porto Slaughterhouse (Matadouro), Campanhã Intermodal Transport Terminal, new Bridge over the Douro river and access routes, new roads in the Corujeira Area, and new business areas in Freixo and around Campanhã Train Station. The program also includes further rehabilitation of existing housing complexes and development of affordable housing units.
Renovation and reconversion of the existing pavilion into a multi-purpose venue and landmark for event hosting. Flexible and scalable up to 8,000 people for large entertainment & music events, and up to 5,500 for Corporate & MICE events (including a 2400 sq. mt. column free exhibition hall), it will be a major touristic attraction. With an overall investment of 8 M€ is expected to open late 2019.
Rosa Mota Pavilion was built in 1951. With the rehabilitation works, the pavilion will be equipped with the most modern technologies to accommodate large business, cultural and sport events. The project will give new life to the pavilion, which was in an advanced state of deterioration, respecting the building's emblematic architecture.
With this project, a new centrality will be created in the city, serving as an aggregator of other nearby and relevant infrastructures. It has great potential for supporting tourism growth, allowing Porto to host large events of international dimension.
Porto Innovation District, located in the Asprela area of the city, is a territorial specialization project particularly dedicated to academia and research. Creativity and science, knowledge and community, investment and talent, all these elements are part of the plan which aims at transforming this area into a coherent and integrated innovation district.
The Porto City Council, the University of Porto and the Porto Polytechnic are jointly championing a branding strategy. Under the brand Porto Innovation District, the strategy is to build up an ecosystem approach within a more openly multi-functional study & research & work & live scheme that also includes residential developments, cultural and civic facilities and mobility improvements. Creativity and science, knowledge and community, investment and talent, all these elements are part of the plan which aims at transforming this area into a coherent and integrated innovation district.
Quartel de Monte Pedral
Located in the city centre with excellent accessibility, the former barrack of Monte Pedral will be transformed into the largest affordable housing project in Portugal. It aims to provide affordable housing to the city’s middle class, young couples and students. With 370 apartments and a separate student residence, the project can house more than 1,000 people.
Monte da Bela
Located in Campanhã district, Monte da Bela project aims to provide affordable housing to around 700 people. Covering a land area of 28,900 sq. mt., it has a total gross construction area of 25,600 sq. mt. 230 apartments of different sizes will be built, including 150 with capped rent.
Lordelo do Ouro
Located in the Western area of Porto, Lordelo do Ouro project aims to provide affordable housing to the city’s middle class. Covering a land area of 24,000 sq. mt., it has a total gross construction area of 19,000 sq. mt. 170 apartments of different sizes will be built, all with capped rent.
The renovation of Bolhão Market represents an anchor project for Porto’s urban regeneration. This project intends to maintain the original layout of the building and the fresh food market introducing technological solutions for comfort and safety and modernizing the equipments. The renovation works represents a 35 M€ investment and started in 2018. It is expected to be concluded in 2020.
Occupying an entire block of Porto’s city centre, the Bolhão market is a key element of the urban environment, located in one of the most dynamic areas of the city and attracting a large number of people.
The renovation project is based on three areas: the building, the market and people. The new market will reach a good balance between keeping the original spirit of the market alive (with the vendors on the ground floor) and bringing new customers and functions to the market (with the restaurants on the first floor).