The town hall in Estepona started work last week on the construction of a new athletics stadium and underground car park next to the town's feria showground.
This is one of the star projects of the current mayor and aims to create one of the best athletics venues in Andalucía on a site covering 34,132 square metres.
The project includes an athletics track over 16,500 square metres, an underground car park for almost a thousand cars and support buildings for sporting and cultural use covering a further 3,000 square metres.
As well as athletics, field events will be able to be held there and there will be a normal size football pitch plus a half pitch for seven-a-side matches. There will also be a large entrance plaza with space for open-air sporting events and, on the edge, a BMX track. All this will be surrounded by some 20,000 square metres of landscaped gardens.
In all, the work will cost over six million euros, paid for out of town hall funds, and is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.
Increase in original budget
The project was originally put out to tender in September 2016 and eight companies bidded to carry out the work. Although one company from those was chosen, the final negotiations over the deal and preparations for the work forced the council to increase the allocated budget, such that the work had to be put out to tender again. Eventually the contract was awarded to a consortium of Bonifacio Solís and Alvac.
Estepona mayor, José María García Urbano, said last week that the stadium complex is “one of the biggest projects for Estepona in this current council legislature and it will be available for a wide variety of uses”.
He added that this is an important part of the plan to consolidate the northern area of the town and complement existing facilities such as the fairground, the Muñoz Pérez football pitch and the Felipe VI auditorium.