Urban Planning

Porto leads National Award for Urban Rehabilitation

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The interventions in Palácio dos Correios, in M.O.Co and Eurostars Aliados hotels, and in the Edifício Litografia Lusitana earned Porto the leadership of the National Award for Urban Rehabilitation. The 10th edition of the competition took place this Tuesday afternoon, at Palácio da Bolsa, and was attended by the councilman responsible for Urbanism, Pedro Baganha.

After the recognition of last year as the best office rehabilitation in Portugal in the Real Estate Awards, the emblematic home of Correios de Portugal (CTT) in Porto once again sees the intervention, which it suffered in 2020, being recognized. The jury of the National Award for Urban Rehabilitation considered Palácio dos Correios the best in the “Commercial & Services” category.

In the building, the original work of the architect Carlos Ramos, the greatest figure of modernist architecture in Porto, and whose recent intervention is due to the architect Ginestal Machado, companies such as Critical Techworks, Bold or, more recently, the French Devoteam work today. At the end of July 2021, also the CTT returned home.

Also, in the summer of last year, a “new cultural and hotel space” was born in the city. The M.Ou.Co, which occupies about five thousand square meters with bedrooms, restaurant, concert hall and music library, was distinguished at the National Award for Urban Rehabilitation as the best intervention in a “Touristic” property.

In the area of “Sustainability”, the award was given to the Edifício Litografia Lusitana, whose intervention sought to focus attention on pedestrian flows and the permeability of space, with green areas of watered meadows, shrubs, and trees. Since November, it has been working there the headquarters of the Ascendi highway concessionaire.

Two more awards came to Porto, both attributed to the Hotel Eurostars Aliados. The intervention was recognized as the best in "City of Porto" category and shared the prize in the "Structural Rehabilitation" area with The Editory Riverside Santa Apolónia Hotel, in Lisbon.

With the High Sponsorship of the Government of Portugal, granted through the Direção Geral do Património Cultural, the National Award for Urban Rehabilitation is an initiative organized by Vida Imobiliária, which seeks to highlight excellence in the Portuguese real estate sector.