Green Light Given to ‘La Ciudad de la Justicia’: Madrid Needs €771m For Its ‘Megaproject’

17 February 2015 – El Confidencial

The Official Bulletin of the Community of Madrid reflects the economic conditions that the Government requires of the concession companies that want to bid to construct the future judicial offices in Valdebebas.

On Monday, the Official Bulletin of the Community of Madrid reflected the economic conditions that the Government of Ignacio González is imposing on the companies that want to construct the new judicial offices in Valdebebas. Two months before the regional elections, the Community of Madrid calls for a €771.7 million contract for a “megaproject” that will not see the light until 2019. The initial bidding budget for the works to be built in the North of Madrid will exceed €1,700 million, according to estimates reflected in the public document. The companies that are interested in “bidding” for the project have until 1 April to submit their bids to the Presidential Council, led by Salvador Victoria.

The total estimated cost of the project is divided into two parts. The Community of Madrid has already invested €288 million in the site: on the land, the tunnels that have now been constructed and the Institute of Legal Medicine, which has already been built. Therefore, the chosen companies would only have to contribute the remaining €483 million to take the total to €771 million. Construction of this project is expected to begin in July next year and the site will be operational from summer 2019.

The Community of Madrid will grant a 30-year administrative concession to the winning firm, to whom it will pay a fee of around €45 million, which is the amount it currently pays for the rental of the 28 judicial offices around Madrid and their associated services. The concession will begin from the day that the building work contracts are awarded, which will be in July, and not from its completion date (scheduled for four years later), as is usually the case, which means that the Community will have a four-year grace period and the fee will be paid on a linear basis over 26 years.


New jobs

With an area of 200,000 square metres, the Ciudad de la Justicia (City of Justice) will be located in the Parque de Valdebebas and will house the 356 courts of the Judicial District of Madrid, 554 judges and magistrates, 202 prosecutors, 362 court clerks, more than 5,000 people in the service of the Administration of Justice, more than 42,000 lawyers and 1,719 barristers, in addition to the citizens. According to the Community of Madrid’s calculations, the building work at the Ciudad de la Justicia will result in the creation of 2,200 jobs and a minimal improvement in Madrid’s GDP.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ana I. Gracia)

Translation: Carmel Drake