Mercado Beira-Rio in Gaia opens to the 21st century in August | in Observador

Fruits and vegetables stalls, but also restaurants, stores, Port wine tastings and a stage for concerts. Mercado Beira-Rio is renewed and almost ready to open.

The old Mercado Municipal da Beira-Rio, in Vila Nova de Gaia reaches the 21st century at the end of this month. After being closed for six months in the scope of profound rehabilitation works, the market kept the same fresh food vendors which add to the new restaurants and shops. Overall, 40 fixed jobs will be created, plus some seasonal jobs in the summer.

“We have a total of 30 stores and stalls, plus two cultural areas: one for conferences and workshops and another for musical events, with a stage”, explained the mayor of Vila Nova de Gaia to Observador. Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues’s wish is that the gastronomic experiences will attract customers, but that this is not the only building attractive. The idea is to reproduce the model of Mercado de San Miguel, in Spain, i.e. “to combine the market with leisure in a place where people may experience gourmet food, workshops and also a cultural element”, said the mayor.

The market has 1.180 square metres and two floors. A mezzanine was made on the first floor and can be rented for private events. The interior esplanade will hold concerts and other events. Outside, there is a generous esplanade by the front façade. “In moments of higher occupancy, the market’s rear exterior and lateral esplanades will also be used”, Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues added. The goal is to create “a cultural and leisure block”.

Fruit and vegetable vendors and the butcher and fishmonger “are all the same, except for one that dropped out”, he highlighted. The rents are the same for the old vendors, but the conditions are much better. The yellow façade is now back to the original pink, the asbestos tiles were replaced by tiles that were like the original tiles. Among other improvements, the frames were fixed within a work that cost “around two million euros”, said José Rodrigues, one of the partners of the concession holder Douro Wine Market – a partnership established between Lúcio da Silva Azevedo & Filhos and Legível Puzzle – that was awarded with the concession for 30 years.

“The concession holder was responsible for everything”, clarified José Rodrigues, that will also gain 2.000€ in monthly rent. The only public investment made that benefits the market was the rehabilitation of Avenida Diogo Leite.

The market is located at the marginal road of Vila Nova de Gaia near the Port Wine cellars. To attract the many tourists seeking Port Wine, there are two areas that will be selling Port Wine and promoting tastings, said Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues. José Rodrigues added that UNICER will be responsible for the beers that will occupy a central space.

Moreover, there will be restaurants serving “suckling pig, sushi, ice-creams, sea food, hotdogs, francesinhas”, claimed José Rodrigues, giving some examples. Some brands are not chosen yet. “There are three times more interested parties than the spots we have available. Santini is interested, and Chefs José Avillez and Rui Paula are also interested, according to their responsible.

The rehabilitation of Mercado da Beira-Rio was one of the electoral promises of Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues, who also wanted to build on university residences. This was not possible due to the lack of space, but the market is ready. Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues cannot guarantee a day for the opening but believes that the market will be opening “in the last week of July or first week of August at the latest”, when everybody will be able to check out the new space. “Exacerbated optimism”, said the concession holder that thinks Mercado da Beira-Rio will most likely be opening in “mid-August”.

“I think this model is going to be used in other locations by the sea”, he said. Full markets or restaurants. A new restaurant at the top of Mercado da Afurada is inaugurated on July 18th and was granted by the autarchy to Grupo Madureira’s.

Name: Mercado Municipal da Beira-Rio
Address: Av. de Ramos Pinto 148, 4400-261 Vila Nova de Gaia (Cais de Gaia)
Opening hours: Summer (May 1st to September 30th): Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 am to 00:00 am, Thursday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 02:00 am
Winter (October 1st to April 30th): Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, Thursday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 00:00 am

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The City Hall of Porto has approved the works at Pavilhão Rosa Mota | in Público

Yesterday, the Candidate for PSD, Álvaro Almeida, was at the palace to see the projects

The City Hall of Porto has already adjudicated the transformation work of Pavilhão Rosa Mota into a congress and event centre and the consortium PEV/Lucios was given two years to complete these works. The long and polemic public tender process has delayed the works, which led PSD to mention the “incapacity in executing” large-scale projects by the administration of Rui Moreira, as claimed by Álvaro Almeida.

The contract entered into between the City Hall of Porto and the consortium that won the tender after many difficulties established no date for the beginning of works. The consortium that is formed by the producer PEV Entertainment and the constructor Lucios must decide on the schedule and the beginning of works, depending on the deadline for their conclusion, which is defined by the tender document, i.e. 730 after contract signing.

The contract was already initialled by the parties, after the Court of Accounts has declared that the municipality was exempt from issuing a prior approval, because the business would not bear costs to the City Hall of Porto. The autarchy is receiving 20 thousand euros per month for 20 years, and the concession holder is obliged to keep and exploit the pavilion, holding at least four international events per year.

If Álvaro Almeida’s wish to gain the October elections for PSD comes true, this project will be kept the same, despite his disagreement with what is being executed at Pavilhão Rosa Mota. The candidate has even admitted that if he were the mayor, he would have executed the previous project, which was more ambitious capacity-wise and that implied the construction of a new building in the garden, which was challenged at the time. But now the candidate says he has no time to spare.

“There is no such thing as the perfect project”, he argued. He believes the solution found in the meantime does not meet the city’s needs, because it cannot hold large-scale congresses or events that cannot be held at the pavilion or at the Congress Centre of Alfândega. If there were an equipment like this, Porto would for instance be able to host Festival da Canção, he added.

“Note that when he was a candidate, in 2013, Rui Moreira promised the construction of a congress centre at Palácio de Cristal. Now, four months from the end of his terms of office, there is nothing to see. Nothing has changed”, he stated. The candidate of authenticity criticised this during a pre-campaign initiative at the Palace during which he blamed the administration of Rui Moreira for the “decay and abandonment” of this equipment.

“This is an example of a problem that this mayor promised to solve and was not able to execute”, noted Álvaro Almeida. He believes the delay in starting this and other projects is a sign of “incompetence”. When he was a candidate he promised work, and not planning, stated Álvaro Almeida, including other projects on his critique.

Other than the palace rehabilitation, Álvaro Almeida treated Mercado do Bolhão and the slaughterhouse in the same way. The latter ceased to be a logistic centre (campaign promise in 2013) but is not yet the cultural centre presented in 2016, in Campanhã, the civil parish of the intermodal transport terminal that is still a project. He also added Linha Ocidental do Metro do Porto – a work that is not depending on the municipality, but that the municipality has dropped.

Anyway, Álvaro Almeida promises he will continue the ongoing projects to avoid any more delays, even if he does not fully agree with them. In the case of Pavilhão Rosa Mota, the costs to revert the project would be too much for the city.


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Lucios is building an aeronautics factory in the amount of 7,2 million euros in Évora | in

Lucios has already began the construction of a factory for the production of aeronautics components in Évora, for the French company Mecachrome. This project is worth 7,2 million euros.

The investment of Mecachrome Aeronáutica in Évora is 30 million euros and was announced in August of last year, along with the expected creation of 350 jobs. The contract was awarded to the Portuguese company, at the end of last year, and the construction is currently in progress.

The factory will be located at Parque Aeronáutico de Évora, will have a gross area of 13.500 m2 and must be completed at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016.

“This undertaking is based on the construction of a two-floor administrative block, located west from the industrial warehouse and a social block, east from the factory, where there will be the employees’ kitchen, cafeteria, locker and shower rooms, and also a training centre”, explained Lucios’ administrator, Luís Machado.

In addition to construction, the Portuguese company is also designing the project and selecting the most adequate architectonic solutions. For instance, ecological systems will be installed “with the ultimate goal of focusing on a sustainable development, using renewable energy and other natural resources”, the administrator stated.

The factory will have photovoltaic solar panels for electric energy production, low-current consumption and recharging electric car batteries, and also thermal solar panels for water heating. The low-energy consumption LED lighting will be favoured.

Lucios, whose offices locate in Portugal, France, Brazil and Mozambique, has reinforced its investment in industrial projects of this kind. Lucios has recently assumed to be working for companies like Unicef, Indasa and Generis.
Mecachrome is investing for the second time in a project of this kind, as the company is already operating an aeronautics production unit in Setúbal.


Porto is having another hotel this year | in Publituris

The historical centre of Porto will have another hotel. The project, a four-star unit, arises from the rehabilitation and expansion of a building in the riverfront and will be managed by Lucios.

The inauguration is scheduled for 2015 and this hotel unit will have 56 rooms, distributed along five floors for the accommodation of more than 100 guests.

Luís Machado, administrator of Lucios, said in a press release that “the hotel’s main entrance and restaurant entrance will be at Rua Infante Dom Henrique. In this floor there will also be an access passage to four rear bedrooms, facing an English patio with a garden.”

According with that same source, the remaining bedrooms will be distributed between the first and fifth floor: “There will be 14 bedrooms in the first three floors, making a total of 42. The fourth floor will have eight bedrooms. There will be two rooms in the fifth floor with a view over the marginal road of Vila Nova de Gaia”, he said.

As to parking, several partnership possibilities are being studied in order for more convenience for hotel users.

Note that over the last years Lucios was responsible for the construction of five hotel units in the historical area of Porto.

“We have taken the first steps from building rehabilitation to hotel construction with Interncontinental Palácio das Cardosas, inaugurated in 2011, followed by Moov Hotel Porto Centro, Porto Lounge hostel & Guest House and, recently, Hotel Descobertas and NH Collection Porto Batalha”, stated Luís Machado.


Lucios is building Hotel Almalusa | in Publituris

Hotel Almalusa is the name of the now boutique hotel to be built at Praça do Município, Lisbon.

Lucios, in charge for this project, stated that this unit emerges from the conversion of a building and the works be executed until April 2015.

Filipe Azevedo, administrator of Lucios, stated in a press release that the unit in Lisbon and Hotel do Heroísmo, in Porto “make ten hotels in our portfolio in four years only. This is the proof that our know-how and the quality of our works are recognized within the hotel business market.”

As found by Publituris, the company Rebelo de Andrade will be in charge of the architecture project, as this is a hotel with four floors, plus three for apartments. Overall, there will be 28 rooms and three two-bedroom apartments, each with about 100 m2.

Lucios’ works will cost one million euros and will be completed in April 2015.

“The higher floors are for apartments, thereby taking advantage of the building rationality and creating well-defined, well-structured, clear and functional areas, in residential and hotel business terms”, stated Lucios, adding that the apartments “will be designed based on the integration with the unit and may be traded like real estate property and/or for hotel exploitation”.

As to the hotel, “there will be natural light in each room for increased serenity, allowing the combination between history and contemporary times, in a way that comfort, decorative language and functional effectiveness are exemplary but uncompromised, benefiting from the best of each universe.”

On the other hand, public areas “will be the unit entrance, reception area, lounge and breakfast and meal areas, access to higher floors and service areas, under a cosmopolitan concept and atmosphere.”


Lucios gains 1,2 million euros project in Minho | in Sol

The Portuguese company Lucios was selected by Refer to ensure the project for the elimination of four level crossings in Linha do Minho, Barcelos.

The project is quoted in 1,2 million euros and the constructor expects the works to be completed in November of this year. This is the first work of the Lucios for this segment.

This project intends to “increase the security and accessibility of this area, as well as to increase the effectiveness of the exploitation of the section Nine-Viana of Linha do Minho”, stated the company in a press release.

“This works encompasses the construction of a lower roadway and pedestrian passage, as well as a higher agriculture passage for the increase of security and visibility that are affected by the excessive speeds, therefore harming the visibility and viewing of trains”, explained Filipe Azevedo, the administrator of Lucios.

As to the technical execution, Filipe Azevedo highlights some work specificities: “At the execution level, the two lower passages will be made via the sliding induced by hydraulic pressure with the implementation of a temporary track suspension system. The higher passage will be built with a prefabricated tray”, he explained.

Currently, Lucios has 40 ongoing or about to start projects in the amount of 70 million euros.



Low cost rehabilitation: Constructors are back to life | in Dinheiro Vivo

The low-cost rehabilitation has made an achievement in only one month: to revive some of the constructors there were in a coma due to the crisis. The impact of the new exceptional rehabilitation regime has simplified the technical requirements for the restoration of buildings with more than 30 years old is already felt in the operation of some constructors, stated Filipe Azevedo, the administrator of Lucios – Engenharia e Construção (responsible for projects like Hotel Intercontinental Palácio das Cardosas and the ongoing rehabilitation of Edifício Castilho in Lisbon). And this regime is attracting investors that had already quit on planned interventions due to their excessive costs.

“Some interventions in historical buildings were almost impractical due to the requirements of new buildings. In business terms, they were not worth it”, explained Filipe Azevedo, who classifies the new law as “the largest contribute to rehabilitation in Portugal.” There were issues like the dimensions of the stairway enclosure, that are not equal for old buildings, which was leading to building a new stairway enclosure or to cutting buildings open for placing elevators.

The truth is that the approval of the new low-cost requalification law itself was enough to attract investors. “We have examples of two potential investors that had already made their surveys for their interventions and that backed out because the costs were really high. And now they are back, asking for a new project assessment”, he stated, explaining that the reduction of costs arising from the new law reaches 40%. Any operation in the historical centre of cities “is easier nowadays, less time consuming and less expensive, which are three key factors to the analysis made by any investor to any operation”.

With more than 30 million of euros gained in 2013, this market segment is worth 60% of Lucios turnover in Portugal (almost 51 million euros last year). Filipe Azevedo admits the tendency is to reinforce these numbers. “With less opportunities among other areas, the rehabilitation will rise”, he noted.

The constructor is expecting a turnover of 54 to 55 million euros this year. The goal is to “maintain the average dimension” of the company at approximately 50 million euros. But, on the other hand, the external markets will rise and will be worth 20 to 25 million dollars at the end of the year against the 7 to 8 million of 2013. Also, despite Lucios’ internationalization process has begun only two years ago, in Mozambique, Filipe Azevedo stated that four to five years from now this market will surpass the Portuguese market.

Internationalization and diversification.

France, Lucios already has a Branch, is another bet. The goal is that in three years this market where the constructor is making their first contract – a rehabilitation in the amount of 12 million euros – is worth 20 to 25 million euros annually. With 290 workers in Portugal and 90 in Mozambique, Lucios is diversifying its destinations. Filipe Azevedo said that he is “especially focused” on Algeria, where they have presented “many proposals”, and Ghana, where it is taking its first steps.

In Portugal? The constructor’s administrator has said that he is “unaware” if Portugal is continuing to offer the opportunities in matter of public works and private investors to keep the operation dimension. And he assumes his difficulty in predicting the events for more than two years. “We have more than 70 million euros of works in our portfolio, which grants us with work for the next 18 months. I would never have predicted this only half year ago. For the last year and a half, we have never gone beyond ten to 12 months of work granted”, he noted. The future of Lucios is not just about construction. Filipe Azevedo has recognized that “The growth in areas other than civil construction is essential, hence our investment in business diversification”. The “opportunities linked to tourism in Portugal” are being analysed, but our most recent focus is the construction of a bottled water factory in Mozambique that will be inaugurated in June.

The investment of 3 million dollars results from a partnership with more four partners. That is why Filipe Azevedo is not going into details, namely concerning the water brand. Instead, he highlights that the new factory will locate 50 kms from Maputo and will allow the creation of about forty new jobs.

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