DEVELOPERS OF the new Benidorm shopping centre on the edge of the city, which expects to open its doors early in 2020, believe it will create almost three thousand jobs for the town.
Last week, earthmovers began work on the cleared ground and the ceremonial laying of the first stone was made by local and regional council dignitaries and representatives of the Unibail Rodamco construction company.
The developers announced that an estimated direct 1,700 jobs will be created by the complex, with a further 1,000 indirect through maintenance, security and services.
Once complete, the €210 million, state-of-the-art mall will have around 140 shops, a hypermarket, 3,000 parking places and an entire floor dedicated to leisure, with an eight screen cinema and around 20 restaurants.
The shopping centre will cover 58,000 square metres of land adjacent to the discotheque area on the Levante edge of town heading towards Alfas del Pi and Altea.
A new intersection and feeder road will be built to keep traffic flowing freely, via a new roundabout on the Avenida Communidad Valenciana, named Discotheques Vial.
Benidorm Mayor Toni Perez, praised the design of the centre, by architects Aranguren and Gallegos, as it “values the powerful architecture and urbanism of Benidorm”, he said adding the terraced development will become a “Perfect gateway to Benidorm”
Perez stressed the project respects the environment, by using “innovation and technology in the service of sustainability.”
Its aim is to become the most sustainable shopping mall in Spain, as it will have 30% of its landscaped area with native vegetation and consume 60% less water than other equivalent centres, equating to around 93 Olympic swimming pools of water in savings, every year.
Plans also include bike lanes, bicycle parking, parking spaces for recharging electric vehicles and public transport, including a tram stop on the Benidorm – Denia line.