The Orihuela Costa Emergencies Centre project is almost ready to be put out to tender having been adapted to changes in legislation and requirements since work on it was abandoned in 2012 when the construction company went bust.
Mayor Emilio Bascuñana and Valencia Director of Emergencies José María Ángel Batalla announced the centre will be finished in mid 2019. The building will house Local Police, Guardia Civil, Civil Protection, Immigration and the Fire Brigade, as well as an ambulance base in the summer and a heliport for emergencies.
The cost of the project is €2.2 million, which is not even enough to have covered the original project from 2010 or equipping the building, which the Valencian government has promised to take care of.
The mayor explained the building will only use two of the three floors and leave the third for a future expansion at the Town Hall’s expense. He assured this will be enough for the current needs and said the centre will also deal with emergencies in Pilar de la Horadada or Torrevieja if necessary.
Architect Esther Cantón explained it will have a 1,900m2 basement with a car park, cells for prisoners, a gym and other relaxation areas for the security forces.
The 1,500m2 ground floor will have officers to attend to the public and for each of the security forces, including an armoury, bedrooms and changing rooms.
It will be built with prefabricated concrete slabs to speed up construction and light sensitive glass which will cut electricity use by 70%, as energy saving was one of the modifications required by more recent legislation.