Agreement signed on feasibility study for possible extension to San Sebastian Technology Park
Berjón says the project will be "really positive" for the zone and for the province of Guipúzcoa as a whole, as it will generate "an environment for performing technology and innovation activities"
San Sebastian Technology Park today hosted the signing of a frame agreement for cooperation between the Park and the town councils of Fuenterrabia and Irún to produce a series of feasibility studies on a potential Park extension.
Basque Technology Park Network chairman Francisco Berjón signed a framework cooperation agreement with the Director of San Sebastian Technology Park and the mayors of Fuenterrabia and Irún for a feasibility study into a project for enlarging San Sebastian Technology Park on land in Zubieta-Urdanibia. Berjón described the project as being "enormously positive" for the zone and for the province of Guipúzcoa as a whole because it would "generate the ideal environment for technological and innovative activity."
Accompanying Berjón at the agreement signing ceremony were the Director of San Sebastian Technology Park, Lucio Hernando, the mayor of Fuenterrabia, Aitor Kerejeta and his counterpart from Irún, Jose Antonio Santano.
Under the terms of the cooperation agreement, the Technology Park undertakes to formally assess the possible extension to land at Zubieta-Urdanibia. This will require a series of feasibility studies and legal and technical reports analyzing the likely project conditions. In the meantime, Fuenterrabia and Irún town councils have committed themselves to helping to produce the studies by providing all the information needed.
According to Berjón, "technology parks have been, are and will continue to be innovation accelerators." Today some 70 firms employing up to 3,000 people work out of the San Sebastian Technology Park, with 92% of the available buildings occupied.
The Technology Park's Board of Directors approved the agreement and the feasibility studies at its meeting on March 12.
There are nearly 470,000 square metres available at Zubieta-Urdanibia for the project, 357,000 square metres in Fuenterrabia and 112.000 square metres on land belonging to the municipal district of Irun. Once the studies and reports are ready, both parties will get together to decide on the feasibility of the project.
San Sebastian Technology Park began its first extension project in late 2009 with the launch of the Galarreta Plan, a five-year, €160-million project shared between the Park itself and the Orona organization. The initiative is expected to lead to the creation of a thousand or so new jobs and will also host the Orona Innovation & Promotion Centre.
Meanwhile, management at San Sebastian Technology Park have launched a feasibility study for a possible extension to land in Herrera Sur, in the wake of the agreement signed on 8 January with the Port Authority of Pasajes.