Bilbao´s future thriving spaces

Learn more about the future redevelopment plans that will help the conversion of Bilbao into a smart city of knowledge.

The local investments Office can offer a service of personalized field-visits to this on-going or future project, free of charge, and create a tailor-made itinerary in which your company can put the focus in those aspects of the projects that could be of more interest. 

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ZORROTZAURRE ISLAND

The Island of Zorrotzaurre is the latest major urban expansion area of Bilbao, turning an old industrial peninsula into a dynamic innovative island. The Master Plan was designed by the prestigious architect Zaha Hadid and recovers more than 800.000 m2, creating a renewed opportunity area in Bilbao.

AIRPORT

15 minutes

The Island is located in the heart of Bilbao and well connected to the rest of the city through 5 mobile bridges and walkways. Bilbao Airport is within 15 minutes’ drive and the Abando High Speed Train Station will be directly reachable using the electric tramway.

OPEN CRUISER

15 minutes

PORT

25 minutes

TECHNOLOGY PARK

15 minutes

Airport

15 minutes

Open cruiser

15 minutes

Port

25 minutes

Technology park

15 minutes

SUSTAINABLE ISLAND

INNOVATIVE ISLAND

KNOWLEDGE ISLAND

Overall, the regeneration of Zorrotzaurre represents an integral and balanced project, defined under sustainability criteria, which recovers a space currently degraded to turn it into a new neighborhood of Bilbao well connected with the rest of the city, endowed with accessible housing, areas of non-polluting business implantation, numerous social and cultural facilities as well as large areas of citizen enjoyment.

Sustainable

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Knowledge

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Innovative

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Living

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 A SUSTAINABLE ISLAND

The aim is to place Zorrotzaurre as an example of a sustainable environment and for this the following is proposed:

Flood risk reduction system

Zero emission
buildings

Facilities for
electric cars
Rainwater tanks pumping and cleaning systems
The rain water will be used to water the gardens and clean the streets, and will protect the Downtown when the tide is up.

100 % electric public transport system


Tramway through the island

 

Electric public buses

Public bikes

 AN INNOVATIVE ISLAND

Another of the main objectives of Bilbao is to promote the regeneration and economic activity of the urban area of Zorrotzaurre and to revitalize the business fabric by promoting its own strategic sectors, with special emphasis on the employment of groups with greater difficulty of labor insertion.

North Innovation
Urban Park

Building area of 50.000 m2 7 new buildings and 4 existing buildings

Art & Creativity industries

Hub for start-ups & entrepreneurship

Public – Private
cooperation
South Innovation
Urban Park

Tramway through the island

Internet Digital Technology

Advanced Services industries

 A KNOWLEDGE ISLAND

Bilbao eagers to be city of reference in higher education, and consequently has designed a complete knowledge ecosystem accompanied by public & private universities and higher education centers within the Island.

Business and law
Medicine
Entrepreneurship
Vocational Training
Art & Creativity
Virtual Design



Business and law




Medicine




Entrepreneurship




Vocational Training




Virtual Design




Art & Creativity

 A LIVING ISLAND

The island of Zorrotzaurre is thought not only as a place for economic opportunities but also has been designed as a space for coexistence.

Housing

Private and Social
5.500 Flats

Sports facilities

Sports centers
Rowing Pavilion

Green Areas

7,5 Km of
riverwalk

Preserving Our Industrial Memory

Private and Social
5.500 Flats

Student Accomodation
Culture and Creative Spaces
IMQ Private Hospital















HIGH-SPEED TRAIN STATION

The Abando Master Plan consists on a 720 million euros investment program and will bring the High-Speed Rail right into the city centre of Bilbao by 2023. The burying of the existing track will generate an opportunity open space of 100.000 m2.

Tertiary & Commercial use

17.750 m²

Urban park

40.000 m²

Homes

1.100

High-Speed
Train

Commuter
Train

Metro
Station

Public
bus

Parking
Slots
The renewed Abando Station
will have an intermodal use divided into three underground levels

 

 

 

The renewed Abando Station
will have an intermodal use divided
into three underground levels:

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