To this effect, the City Council is expected to occupy 13 floors, with a constructed area of 12,987 m2 and an approximate capacity for 1000 to 1100 people, in addition to an archival area in the basement floors. The assignment of this space will also include the necessary common services. The City Council undertakes to occupy this space for at least 35 years.
The collaboration protocol with the City Council was approved unanimously by the Plenary House on January 31st. The corporation, which undertakes to construct a building of reference for the entire Barcelona business sector and to be emblematic for the city itself, is expected to be built mid 2022. With this protocol, the project started in 2005, which had to be redefined in 2010 due to technical and administrative issues, will be consolidated. To this effect, the future building will be the work of Eduard Gascón - TACARQUITECTES, the winner of the international public competition, organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona and the City Council, in collaboration with the College of Architects of Catalonia.
The City Council and the Chamber of Commerce will collaborate closely throughout the process of defining the project and for this reason, a joint commission will be constituted to begin to monitor this executive project.
The Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation of Barcelona has always been located at the centre of the financial and business hub of Barcelona. The Llotja de Mar House, currently the corporate headquarters of the corporation and formerly the headquarters of the Consulate of the Sea and of the Royal Private Board of Commerce of Barcelona, was built next to the stretch of coast that served as a port. This building had the best location to gauge the pulse of the economic activity of the city between the fourteenth and twentieth centuries.
With the same objective, in 1986 the Chamber located its offices and services on the Diagonal Avenue/Gracia Avenue, at the centre of the business activity of Barcelona over the last 25 years of the 20th century.