Santander waterfront

  • Complete regeneration of the sea front of Santander.
  • Holistic masterplan for a 60ha area that will become the coastline of Santander´s South Bay.
  • The proposal seeks to transform the bay into an international hub in the North Atlantic arch.

A new focus for urban life

The project includes a holistic strategy for planning, management and implementation of a 60ha area that will eventually become the coastline of Santander´s South Bay. Covering a distance of 5km, the new front will become the main focus of the urban life and image of the Cantabrian Region.

To carry out this project, Arup put together a team of over 25 professionals  inlcuding planners, architects, engineers, lawyers, economists, real estate specialists, landscapers and sociologists.

Coordinating initiatives

Through coordinating both public and private initiatives, this proposal seeks to transform the bay into one of international importance in the North Atlantic arch, creating a unique model capable of meeting the requirements of different users, and combining the port activities with the leisure aspects of the Santander bay.

Arup scope

Arup’s work on this project included the development of the masterplan, the feasibility study for the new passenger terminal (ferries and cruise ships), technical advisor to the Task Force (Port Authority and Municipality of Santander) during the Development Agreement as well as the establishment of the consortium negotiations.

Arup´s masterplan also included various strategies for sustainability – SPeAR®, SuPort, energy, mobility, retrofitting, regeneration and bioclimatic design.

In addition, with the occasion of the celebration of the ISAF Sailing World Championship in the city in 2014, the Elite Sailing Training Centre (CEAR) by architects Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno was built at the waterfront, and Arup is also working on the Botín Centre, a new cultural space and first work of Renzo Piano in Spain.

International acknowledgement

Santander Waterfront was selected at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016 along with the transformation of cities like Hamburg, Oslo and Dublin. The project has been highlighted as a model of integration that provides an area of maritime activity compatible with spaces at the service of citizens.

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  • Port of Santander. Credit: Autoridad Portuaria de SantanderOpen gallery

    Arup works with the Port of Santander on a complete reform of the sea front.

  • Port of Santander. Credit: Autoridad Portuaria de SantanderOpen gallery

    Holistic strategy for a 60ha area that will become the coastline of Santader's South bay.