Previous situation The districts of Txurdínaga and Otxarcoaga are located in Bilbao’s district 3, one of the peripheral areas of the city. These districts grew during the post-war period when a large number of dwellings were built for workers on the slopes of the mountains that surround the city, characterised by scanty urban services and infrastructures. As a result of this disorderly growth, the rocky embankment on Jesús Galíndez Avenue had the appearance of an isolated piece of land within the city and until today has divided the city both physically and socially. At a time when major improvements are being made in the urban infrastructures in the centre of Bilbao, City Hall has also undertaken a number of projects on the outskirts of the city in order to:
_Improve the conditions of the urban space of a number of different outlying areas _Eliminate physical barriers and improve the accessibility to these areas, which are almost always located on steep slopes _Eliminate social barriers and improve the conditions of these areas in order to bring them up to the urban quality level of the centre of the city Our work, consisting of the restoration of the embankment on Jesús Galíndez Avenue must be seen against this background. Prior to this project, the site consisted of a rocky embankment with a difference in level of 18m, with stability problems that caused continuous landslides, that created a physical barrier between two districts communicated only by a small, poorlymaintained metal stairway. that represented a social barrier, isolating the district of Otxarcoaga, with its severe integration problems, from the rest of the city.
Arriba / Top: El nuevo talud se modela utilizando planos inclinados. The new embankment is shaped by using inclined planes. Abajo / Bottom: Talud en la Fase I. Slope in phase I.