Besòs Water Tower, 05/29/2021 - 05/31/2021
Asbestos on debat: Meeting with Macosa-Alstom Retirees affected by Asbestos
On 29 May at 11 a.m., will take place in Plaça Ramon Calsina in Poblenou, Barcelona, the meeting organized by the collective of Macosa-Alstom Retirees affected by the asbestos in the emblematic building Torre de les Aigües del Besòs.
The aim of the meeting is to recognise all the professionals who contribute, work and collaborate in finding solutions to the asbestos problem from different fields of action, including research, clinical, legal, administrative, public and occupational health, architecture, construction and the neighbourhood movement, among others.
The presentation will be accompanied by a visit to the permanent exhibition of the Macosa Space, an initiative promoted by the Macosa-Alstom pensioners' collective with the support of the Sant Martí District of Barcelona City Council and inaugurated on 31 March 2017. The space integrates the remodelation of the Besòs Water Tower, completed in 1882, was built to supply drinking water to Barcelona’s residents. In 1888, the tower was integrated into the steelworks complex of Can Girona (later known as MACOSA). The water tower is an iconic symbol of industrialised Barcelona. In 1993, the company closed and the complex was completely abandoned. In 1996, all of the buildings were demolished, except for the water tower and its valve house in annex., The project to recover the Besòs Water Tower has been developed by the architects Antoni Vilanova and Eduard Simó, who will be present as well . The Macosa space, located at the crossroads of Llull and Provenzal streets, has different elements such as large-format photographs that serve to show the passage of the great factory and the evolution that took place from 1861 to 1994.