Participatory process at Barcelona-Sants (railway station)

Participatory process at Barcelona-Sants (railway station)

The transformations of essential infrastructures in a city like Barcelona are like performing an open-heart surgery. The urban operation is performed on a specific point, but it is precisely where you find the main arteries, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system of the organism. In addition, the various community tissues that converge there must be opened, operated and sewn on again.

The remodelling that ADIF will carry out in Barcelona-Sants train station and all its surroundings (the current bus station, Països Catalans square and Joan Peiró square) is a very important change in its socio-urban dynamics of the site, but also a huge opportunity to redefine human connections and significantly improve the quality of the urban ecosystem.

Thus, this participatory process, promoted by Barcelona City Council, has sought to include the perspectives of residents, and the different associations in Sants neighbourhood and the rest of the city, so that this urban transformation has the criteria of quality and vitality that guarantees that the daily life of the surroundings of the railway station are healthy, diverse and safe, and that they facilitate the different uses of the public space.

The participatory process has had two phases of debate: the first, based on the presentation of the general intervention criteria for the transformation of the environment of Sants railway station; and the second to hold a discussion about the specific characteristics of the urban space in Països Catalans square and its surroundings.

Given the existing mobility restrictions at the time of its implementation (Covid-19 sanitary emergency), this participatory process has been carried out mainly digitally, integrating different digital apps to achieve the established objectives, and to facilitate the full participation of the people and associations involved.



[1,620,343 inhabitants]


Public space

Type of project

Citizen cooperation


5 months [2021]


Municipality of Barcelona



*estel (Arnau Boix,

Konstantina Chrysostomou,

Marc Deu, Roser Garcia)





Espai Coneix


Citizens and associations

from the neighbourhoods

Sants, Hostafrancs and



Check the presentation at




Read all the documents

of the participatory process



Read more about the project

at Ajuntament de Barcelona.

Watch the preliminary project of

the transformation of Barcelona

Sants on YouTube.

Executive project for the implementation of a bike lane

Executive project for the implementation of a bike lane

The project begins with the aim of continuing with “Camins Escolars” (School Pathways) that had recently been carried out with the participation of the Riera de Ribes School, amongst others. The proposal therefore includes the will of a very significant part of the local community to improve the conditions of the Avenue “11 de Setembre” and the street “Passeig de la Circumval·lació”. Those two urban axes have a significant importance since they connect the neighborhood with the old town, and various community facilities (Primary and Community Care Center, Sports Centre, School).

The proposal is based on reversing the current situation where the car is the main protagonist of the space, giving this role to pedestrians and people who ride both bicycles and scooters. The implementation of a bike lane and the improvement of the current sidewalks, both in terms of accessibility and comfort, are the main objectives that have been pursued. In this line, a commitment has been made to implement a variety of vegetation, in order to increase the level of soil permeability and enrich the biodiversity of the neighbourhood, while improving the perceptual experience of the citizens who makes these itineraries every day.


Sant Pere de Ribes 

[30.658 inhabitants]


Public space

Type of project

Public space design


10 months [2020]


Municipality of Sant Pere

de Ribes



*estel (Marc Deu Ferrer,

Arnau Boix i Pla, Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Alba

Domínguez Ferrer)


Toni Elvira

Gustau Farell