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Valladolid, Spain

Valladolid City, capital of Castilla y Leon region (SPAIN), is the driving force of a medium size urban area (+500.000inh.) and leading economic and commercial centre of the North west of Spain.

“Mercado del Val” is an iron market whose construction was completed in 1882. Being an historic market within the city centre, it represents a very interesting case from a building and social points of view.

Originally, it had stones for foundations and plinth, and iron for the other elements, while ventilation was achieved using inclined blinds of iron sheets. A stained glass lantern was installed but later eliminated. It was first renovated in 1981 focusing mainly on the maintenance and sanitation of the structure with restoration of limestone blocks, the wall bricks, slats and the cover.  The water, electricity and heating facilities were also modernised. End of 1983 the market reopened with 114 stalls and 2,230 m2 in perfect condition.

From 2013, Mercado del Val is fully renovated as part of the CommONEnergy project. The planned intervention aimed to recover a late nineteenth century building representative of an architecture and commercial activity from that period, being respectful with its essence, but transforming it into an innovative building that meets the potentialities and commercial needs of the XXI century.

Market reopening, November 2016

From 2013 to 2016, corner façade (left to right)

The market reopened November 30, 2016, after nearly two years of works. After simulations and discussions with the city architects, the chosen technologies and solutions are now installed. Comfort was improved for shop-owners and visitors with a multifunctional modular façade including glass windows to let natural light enter and shutters to regulate it. Geothermal heat pumps are meeting the demand for heating as well as cold and hot water, while roof skylights provide natural ventilation. A modern energy management and monitoring system (iBEMS) allows an optimal control of all technologies, taking appropriate decisions to reduce energy consumptions. All these put Mercado del Val as a frontrunner for renewables and natural light use.

The final touches were put to MVal, with the teams being trained to operate the iBEMS and BEMS and the first monitoring activities and building performance assessment started.

From 2013 to 2016, side façade (left to right)

From 2013 to 2016, inside the market

From 2013 to 2015 - works

A roll up is available in Spanish, presenting the project, and a leaflet presenting the Valladolid demo case, in Spanish.

Older updates from the renovation work, can be found here (2014) and the final news on the reopening day here, including pictures (2015), as well as pictures from April 2016.