The restoration of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site began in the autumnof 2009, when all of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau''s healthcare activities moved to the new building.
During eight decades of healthcare activity, the Art Nouveau pavilions had undergone many architectural modifications, affecting both the building structure and the ornamental elements. In light of this, in 2006 the Fundació Privada Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau commissioned the drafting of a master plan to assess the state of the pavilions and establish a schedule for their restoration. The conclusion of the study noted that the architectural complex was in a critical situation.
A Heritage Committee was set up prior to the start of work, composed of representatives of the various institutions involved in the project, to ensure the necessary institutional coordination, to define the intervention criteria, to advise on the quality of the interventions and the awarding of contracts and to report to the Comissió Territorial del Patrimoni Cultural, among other functions.
The first phase of the rehabilitation process entails work on a built area of 29,517 m2, 31,052 m2 of outdoor space, 12 pavilions and one kilometre of underground tunnels. The total project budget is 100 million euros, financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Generalitat deCatalunya, the Spanish Government, the IDAE energy diversification and saving institute, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council, the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and the Fundació Privada Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.
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