To mark the 40th anniversary of the transfer of the Mercat del Peix from the building on Carrer Wellington to Mercabarna in the early hours of 3 to 4 October 1983, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Mercabarna, in collaboration with Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) and Barcelona de Serveis Municipals (BSM), inaugurated the exhibition 'L'Antic Mercat del Peix. Passat i futur.' at the Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica station of the Barcelona metro.


The inauguration was attended by Laia de Nadal, Rector of the UPF, Jordi Valls, 4th Deputy Mayor and President of Mercabarna, Gerardo Lertxundi, Managing Director of TMB, Francesc Subirada, Director of UPF Iniciative for Ciutadella del Coneixement, Josep Maria Deulofeu, Director of Urban Mobility Solutions at BSM, Xavier Pascual, Director of Technical Services at BSM, Antoni Alarcón, Director of Barcelona Zoo, and David Serrano, Director of ESG and Integrated Management System at BSM.


The exhibition, which can be seen until 31 October, consists of 9 large-format panels that recall the history of the Old Mercat del Peix, in its commercial use, and presents, from rendered images, the future biomedical research complex that is being built in the space, as well as the future BSM Ciutadella del Coneixement car park, which will be located under the three buildings of the complex, and which is being built by BSM.


The old Mercat del Peix, located in Carrer Wellington, was the first permanent wholesale fish market in the city. It was inaugurated in 1931, remodelled and enlarged in 1953 and remained active until 1983 when, with the transfer of the market to the new Mercabarna installations in the Zona Franca, it fell into disuse. After a period of being used as a municipal vehicle depot and, since 1996, as a BSM Network car park under the name of BSM Wellington-Zoo, it is now being remodelled to house the new scientific complex of the old Mercat del Peix.


The new 7,000 square metre BSM Ciutadella del Coneixement car park will be the first BSM car park originally conceived as a mobility services hub and will include electric recharging points, car-sharing rental services, Bicipark, a safe space for bicycles, as well as a Click&Collect space for the collection of parcels accessible to the public, and a micro-distribution centre for goods.


The BSM car park network, the most extensive in the city with 44 car parks distributed throughout all the districts, is making progress in its commitment to make car parks spaces that go far beyond parking vehicles.


The construction of this infrastructure involves a total investment of €22.2 million, of which €10.7 million is provided directly by BSM, while the rest comes from the other operators involved.


Thus, from BSM Car Parks we continue working to move towards the concentration of new mobility services and added value with which to improve the quality of life of citizens and contribute to the transformation of the city with a more sustainable mobility.