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Building on Barcelona’s heritage


Why every construction project needs a skip hire broker you can rely on.

Most families take a break in the Catalan capital of Barcelona to soak in the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Las Ramblas or even the city’s golden beaches.

Not the Jones family. Mr and Mrs Jones – together with 10-year-old Josh and Libby, seven – jumped on a plane to Barcelona because the builders had taken over their once-cramped suburban home.

The building work involved the ripping out of their dated bathroom, which would have left the family without washing facilities for up to three days.

Just days after the first skip arrived, the trip to Barcelona had been booked and paid for. But Mr Jones was not interested in Gaudi, Picasso, plates of paella or even the Nou Camp stadium (the latter much to his son’s disappointment).

He was keen to see how architects in Barcelona have transformed unused, unwanted and even unconventional space into city centre living spaces. And, in particular, made use of Barcelona’s vacant rooftops.

Mr Jones’ interest had been sparked by his own dreams of a rooftop terrace plus a video by Madrid-based developer La Casa por el Tejado (see below).

Rooftop urban infill projects are making waves in Barcelona’s art nouveau-heavy Eixample district, where LCT has developed a range of prefabricated apartment units that are hoisted up by crane and placed on empty rooftops.

Not only that, LCT adds factory-built extra floors to existing apartment buildings in the Catalan city that haven’t yet reached their allowed height limits.

Flooring, plumbing and electrical components are all incorporated into the pre-fab penthouses during the construction process. Furnishings, cabinetry and other fixtures are installed after the penthouse is mounted and secured in place atop its new home.

Complete with a large rooftop terrace that offers city views, one of the penthouses featured in the Faircompanies video is composed of 11 individual modules and measures 600 square meters spread across two floors.

When the tour bus that the Jones family boarded on their first afternoon in Barcelona stopped at the Sagrada Família, they got off and joined the lengthy queue to view Gaudi’s masterpiece.

It is said that those who take against the Sagrada Família do so largely because they refuse to see beyond its richly decorated and apparently arbitrary forms. But as anyone who has visited Barcelona knows, patience is a virtue when it comes to getting inside the landmark that is scheduled to remain a construction site until 2026.

Many would-be visitors to Sagrada Família leave disappointed because the queues to get into the building are simply too long. In fact, the numerous cranes surrounding the church could only capture the attention of the Jones children for a little over half an hour.

But Mr Jones had a plan. Gaudi’s masterpiece is in the Eixample district and a short walk took the family to Lotta, which Time Out describes as “possibly the most beautiful children’s clothing shop in Barcelona”.

While Josh and Libby were acquiring a new wardrobe, Mr Jones made his excuses and explored the best of LCT’s rooftop designs.

And better news for family harmony was to follow on the second day of the city break. Before the builder’s skip had transported the Jones family’s old bathroom suite to a state-of-the-art recycling complex, a second journey on a Barcelona tour bus transported Josh and Mr Jones to the cathedral of football known as the Nou Camp.

ProSkips cannot offer expert advice on football in Barcelona, nor ways to gain entry into to any of the city’s tourist attractions. But we do know about skip hire for all types of construction projects, from domestic extensions to the building of landmark sites. For more information, contact us today.

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