El Ingenio shops celebrate twentieth anniversary with major revamp

El Ingenio shopping centre has had a major refit.
El Ingenio shopping centre has had a major refit. / SUR
  • Colombian singer Shakira performed at the original opening in 2000 but no big events will mark the milestone this year

El Ingenio shopping centre in Vélez-Málaga celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its opening at the end of November.

Colombian singer Shakira performed at the grand opening of the Axarquía's biggest shopping centre back in November 2000. However, this year there have been no big celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

El Ingenio means sugarcane mill in Spanish and it gets its name and architectural design from the sugar growing industry which was very important in the area in the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth centuries.

The centre has undergone a major reform to coincide with the milestone, although the owners were keen to retain the original characteristics of the building.

BSV architects, who were responsible for the original design and recent reforms, were asked to make El Ingenio more efficient, sustainable and accessible "without losing its identity" .

The work has cost 17 million euros and includes a modernised cinema and restaurant area, more retail space as well as charging points for electric cars in the car park.