The Urban-Galindo Operation, initiated in 1998, aims to bring Barakaldo closer to the water front, through the recovery of an area of more than 600,000 square metres of land that for years was occupied by the steel industry. Most of this land was handed over to BILBAO Ría 2000 by the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, which is one of the institutions present on its Board of Directors.

This action is still in progress and BILBAO Ría 2000 continues working to complete the urbanisation and rehabilitation of the environment in accordance with the projects and plans established.

In Urban-Galindo the city extends to meet the water, in this case representing a true widening of the urban area, where a large part of the planned housing has already been built and where there are also economic and industrial buildings, a business centre, sports facilities and large green and leisure areas.

Through this urban development operation, the barriers that had prevented Barakaldo from occupying the predominant role it deserves due to its central and strategic location in the metropolitan area of Bilbao have been gradually eliminated.

The construction of a second riverside park in the area around the Estuary -the first one was built next to the Galindo river- is BILBAO Ría 2000’s next challenge, for which it has called a Competition for Ideas for its development.


  • Start of the action: 1998
  • Total surface area: 600,000 square metres
  • Green areas and promenades: 200,000 square metres
  • Number of homes: 2,200
  • Urban planning winner of the Isocarp Award for Urban Excellence (2010)
  • Current investment: €175 M

Actions in Barakaldo

Economic Activities Area
Avenida de Altos Hornos
Lasesarre Football Pitch
Mineral Loading Bay
Social Services Centre
Covering the Adif line
Portu Dock
Ilgner Building
Herriko Plaza
Dividing Walls
New road network
New streets
New homes
Lasesarre Park
Galindo riverside park
Paseo de los Fueros
Ribera Promenades
Plaza Desierto
Plaza Pormetxeta
Sports Centre
Pneumatic waste collection system
plaza barakaldo
Barakaldo Football Club Square
East Galindo Riverside Park (new project)