By PAULO SILVESTRE [email protected]
Vilamoura is to undergo 1.3 million Euros worth of redevelopment works.
The project will be carried out in three phases by Inframoura, the company responsible for the maintenance of the public spaces in Vilamoura, and starts after the summer so that it does not affect tourism activity.
The first phase includes asphalt pavement work made from recycled tyres and the creation of a route for the visually impaired through the placement of a textual pavement system. This area will also be provided with new street furniture and modern lighting.
All the street furniture selected for this restructuring plan was designed by Portuguese architect Álvaro Fernandes de Andrade.
The lighting technology will comply with the strictest environmental and energy efficiency principles, from both design and planning angles.
LED lighting will be used throughout, ensuring an electrical consumption reduction of 40 to 70 per cent.
According to Inframoura, “the initial works will affect the area known as the ‘hotel ring road’, the large circular built-up zone to the south of Rua do Sol and comprising Avenida da Marina and Avenida Tivoli.
“This regeneration is extremely important as, apart from being the most diversified area of the resort due to its residential and commercial significance, it is also in considerable disrepair and in need of upgrading.”
Inframoura added: “Vilamoura residents, business owners and visitors will be able to benefit from new accessible routes, whatever the physical conditions at any given time.
“We want pedestrians to feel safe when in the area and cannot ignore the aged who contribute towards an increase in senior tourism.”
In the second phase of the project, the areas to the north of the marina starting at Rua da Botelha will be regenerated.
And the mainstay feature of phase three will be the extension of the green corridor/training circuit from Av. Eng. Joaquim Meireles to the southern end of the Vilamoura beach promenade.
For more information about the project, please visit www.inframoura.pt (available in English)