Sant Adrià de Besòs (Barcelona), September 23 (EFE).- This Friday, Catalonia’s future center for digital, audiovisual and video games, located in the three chimneys of an old thermal plant in Sant Adrià del Besòs (Barcelona), began work. with a “shot” and a “firm commitment” by all administrations, universities and industry to complete it by 2030.

One of the main elements of this hub is the Catalunya Media City (CMC), located in the Turbine Building, right next to the three giant chimneys that have dominated the skyline of Barcelona’s coast for decades, and which houses spaces for research, production and post-production, with a necessary investment estimated at 450 million euros.

Culture Minister Natàlia Garriga specified this Friday at the presentation of the project that Catalunya Media City will be a “research and production center for the audiovisual and video game sector; It also has innovation centers with the most advanced technology and aims to provide services to manufacturers.

In this space, Garriga continued, there should also be training related to the world of audiovisual and video games, which will encourage vocational training and the university to create the most technical teams in productions.

According to Garriga, CMC “has state-of-the-art suites and user experience (UX) labs; spaces for interactive content creation; artificial intelligence project labs; 5G and robotics; sound reinforcement and podcast recording studios; a high-connectivity data center for remote production and editing or an eSports stadium”.

The administrations are confident that this space will attract companies related to the audiovisual, video games and digital sectors from suppliers, manufacturers, developers and other members of the production chain.

The more than 2,000 audiovisual companies in Catalonia have a turnover of 12,000 million euros and employ around 14,000 workers. This sector “creates the imaginary both among us and beyond the doors” and has “a lot of talent on the artistic side, but also on the technical side”.

Another sector related to the project, the video games sector, has 200 companies, 4,000 employees, mostly under 45 years of age.

Generalitat President Pere Aragonès has emphasized that the center is one of the key projects of the next decade in Catalonia, capable of transforming the entire Besò region and attracting both domestic and international investment and talent.

“This is a before and after. A project for the whole of Catalonia, which will have an impact on the living conditions of a part of the country with great development potential,” he emphasized, referring to the municipalities located on the banks of the Besòs.

After admitting that this corner of Catalonia at the mouth of the Besòs has historically felt underserved, the president has emphasized that all eyes are now on it as it hosts the center, which is “key” for “a country that wants to be competitive”. and wants to take advantage of the potential of Barcelona as a European capital and of the Catalan language.

For his part, Jordi Puigneró, Vice-President of the Generalitat and Minister of Digital Policy and Territory, has described the center as a “national project” that will transform the Besòs area into an “iconic” area related to technology and sustainability. .

Puigneró noted that one of the axes on which the hub is based is the Barcelona Cable Landing Station, the first digital port for submarine fiber optic cables connecting Catalonia to the rest of the world, which has been located in the same area. from Sant Adria.

The event, which took place at the Besòs campus of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), a few meters from the three chimneys of the old thermal plant, has not specified deadlines or investments, pending the approval of the new urban planning. On the banks of the Besòs river, which could become a reality in the coming weeks.

The master plan for the City of Three Chimneys covers an area of ​​23 hectares and includes facilities, a large metropolitan park, housing and space for economic activity.

The Minister of Culture has confirmed that “the calendar will not be short” and a long-term horizon is being proposed so that it can be fully implemented in 2030, although its promoters aim for “it to be spread over different stages so that citizens can see the progress of the global project.

The mayors of Sant Adrià and Badalona, ​​Filo Cañete and Rubén Guijarro, and the vice-mayor of Barcelona, ​​Jordi Martí, have agreed that this project will help revitalize an area that has been forgotten for many years and where great progress was made from the neighborhood and the labor movement. EFE

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