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Top architect to design new look for Torremolinos

The Plaza Costa del Sol will soon have a complete facelift.
The Plaza Costa del Sol will soon have a complete facelift. / SUR
  • Salvador Moreno Peralta was chosen to oversee the project because of his experience and reputation in the world of architecture

The town hall in Torremolinos has announced that renowned architect, Salvador Moreno Peralta, will coordinate the pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol.

The planning department of the town hall disclosed the plans for the new look during last week's plenary session.

The proposed reconstruction of the square will incorporate Avenida Palma de Mallorca and parts of Calle Hoyo and Calle de la Cruz.

The town has already undergone major changes since the socialist PSOE party took control of the town almost two years ago. The revitalisation of the main square in the centre of the town has been a main priority since it was closed to traffic in December 2015.

The Plaza Costa del Sol has again become the heart of the town and many new bars and restaurants have opened in the area over the past 18 months.

The mayor of Torremolinos, José Ortiz, claims that the pedestrianisation project is about to begin, although they are still waiting to see if they were successful with their application for a loan from the European Regional Development Fund.

"The pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol is an indispensable project for this town, and we are close to achieving it. We are seeing fewer empty buildings and more progress in this area, compared to the bleak situation that faced us when we first entered government 18 months ago," the mayor said.

The centre of Torremolinos is to undergo a complete facelift and the square is to be transformed into a picturesque plaza with green zones, fountains and shaded areas with seating.

The first stage will concentrate on the Plaza Costa del Sol and will focus on elements of historical character, incorporating water, springs and mills.

The project will include various proposals arising from the different political parties, citizen groups and local associations.

Salvador Moreno Peralta was chosen to oversee the project because of his experience and reputation in the world of architecture.

He has renovated several emblematic buildings in the province, including the Hotel Castillo in Monda, the Parador de San Rafael and the Hotel Larios in Malaga.

The architect was also responsible for designing the building that houses Torremolinos town hall.

The deputy mayor, Maribel Tocón, explained that the council has the support of business owners, and this was obvious, she claimed, because "they are investing in the town and securing its future".

"The project for the final pedestrianisation of the square will be developed with our own resources. The choice of Salvador Moreno Peralta to lead this important project for the town is not due only to his career, but also because of his emotional attachment to Torremolinos," Tocón said.