The project brings together 7 million square metres of "smart land" aiming to promote the knowledge economy.

From 6th-8th March, Barcelona Catalonia will be present at Cannes' MIPIM real estate fair for professionals, where it will be showcasing the main investment opportunities on offer in the Metropolitan Area for the starting up and growing of knowledge, creativity and innovation-related companies.

As well as having a stand at this international event, Barcelona will be taking part in a round table with the OECD Goldman Sachs and the Financial Times, alongside the cities of Manchester, Amsterdam, Lyon and Hamburg, while Barcelona City Council's Deputy Mayor for the Urban Habitat, Antoni Vives, will be giving the talk "The Spanish real state market in 2012: time to act". 

Over 7 million square metres of land aiming to promote the knowledge economy

Promoting "smart land" for the development of new projects related to the knowledge economy and raising the profile of Barcelona and Catalonia as innovation hubs. These are the aims behind the launch of the Barcelona Catalonia project, which has been put in place by Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Land Institute.

The initiative focuses on the Barcelona Metropolitan Area which stands out for its potential for growth and investment, namely 7 million square metres of land set aside for use by innovative, excellence-based companies.

These take on the shape of specialised science and technology projects in key economic sectors including biotechnology, energy, ICT, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products, nanotechnology, the media, logistics and aerospace, which are geared around highly powerful knowledge and mobility infrastructures. 

Notable examples in existence today include the Alba Synchrotron Park, the most important research infrastructure in south-west Europe; the 22@ Barcelona innovation district, which is already home to innovative companies such as Yahoo!  R&D, Microsoft, Sage, Schneider Electric, Telefónica R&D and Indra; the Mas Blau Business Park, a facility located on the site of the airport; and the Ripollet Park, a next-generation business park for the industrial and logistics sectors.

Other infrastructures set to be opened soon include La Sagrera station, which will link up with the European high-speed railway network, and the Smart City Campus, which will bring together companies from this forward looking sector.


Source: Barcelona City Council


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