E8, the new symbol for the Technology Park of Alava
This unique building forms part of the commitment outlined in the Competiveness Plan to promote new companies within technology-based sectors
The Basque Minister for Industry, Innovation, Tourism and Trade, Bernabé Unda, today inaugurated the E8 Building in the Technology Park of Alava, in Miñano. This unique building has been designed to house innovative companies working in emerging and latest-generation sectors and will no doubt soon be regarded as one of the symbols of this technology hub within Alava and within the Basque Country.
The inauguration ceremony held this morning was attended by the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Patxi Lazcoz, the Deputy General of the Traditional Territories for Innovation and Economic Development, Arantza Zenarrutzabeitia, the President of the Basque Network of Technology Parks, Francisco Berjón, and the Director of the Technology Park of Alava, José Manuel Nogales.
The Minister symbolically opened the door of this building designed by the engineering firm Coll-Barreu in the presence of the Coll-Barreu architect responsible for project. Construction work is complete and a large number of companies have already applied for office space. In fact, a prestigious engineering firm has already signed up to occupy the entire second floor of the building's three floors.
The building cost a total of €10,257,747.91 to complete (€1,201,117.60 for project management, €8,993,630.31 for construction work and 63000 for construction work management), which has meant significant business for the building industry, a sector in great need of investments such as these. It is very important to draw attention to the fact that budget deviation was minimal, a low 0.97%.
Building for innovation
In keeping with the guidelines set forth in the Competitiveness Plan approved by the Basque Government last year, the new building has been designed to house innovative companies from emerging sectors (biotechnology, nanotechnology, renewable energies...) as well as companies from the so-called mature and strategically important sectors (aeronautics, information technologies, engineering...).
The underlying idea is to occupy the building with highly-innovative businesses, which will reinforce the Technology Park's role as a focal point and hub for these types of projects.
Building E8 has a surface area of approximately 6993 square meters, of which 4300 square metres has been allocated for office space. The 6993 square metre building situated on plot 14.3 of the park has a ground floor and three more storeys featuring 53 office spaces equipped with innovative climate control systems, lighting and telecommunication networks.
The building also boasts a double glazed skin, a broken façade and outdoor parking for 262 vehicles. The building works cost a total of nine million euros.
This project has been vital in the development of the Technological Park given the high occupation levels of the surrounding offices, which is why the construction of new buildings for technology-based companies is essential.