The future of the Panyos to debate

The Technical Museum of Manresa hosts the second technical seminars around the factory of Panyos that talk about uses and rehabilitation, with architects, and financing, with political leaders.

Last Friday, October 25th, the second technical seminar on the factory of Los Panyos was held at the Technical Museum of Manresa. Architects and historians put on the table the future of the building, its possible uses, advantages and limitations, and the search of financing.


The days were started with a talk by dr. Lluís Virós, which has allowed contextualising and placing all the participants, on the Miralda factory, the popular Panyos.


The conferences have had two round tables, the first, called “Technical intervention in industrial heritage”, moderated by Enric Massana, president of the Central Catalonia delegation of the College of architects of Catalonia, about uses. Much has been said about the flood of the area, a reef that for years has put an end to the fact of proposing uses in space. In what, if all the speakers agreed, it has been in the need to preserve the building, even without giving it a specific use. In this table were the architects Lluís Piqué, Clara Casas, Antoni Vilanova, Jordi Rogent and the honorary president of TICCIH, Eusebi Casanellas.


In the second table, in the afternoon, “Guidelines for the preservation and management of industrial heritage”, it has generated a more intense debate, as it focused on the political managers for the preservation and conservation of heritage. Moderated by Rosa Serra, and formed by Lluís Cerarols, Director of Territorial Services of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Joan Closa, Manager of Equipment Services, Urban Infrastructures and Architectural Heritage of the Diputació de Barcelona, ​​Araceli Esquerra, Councilor for the revitalization of the industrial colonies of the Consell Comarcal del Berguedà, David Aaron López, Town Planning Councilor and Anna Crespo, Councilor for Culture, both from the City Council of Manresa. Much funding has been talked about, asking directly about the ways in which they existed, and the possible uses. With the interventions it has become clear that it is essential to work in a network and as a whole to seek this financing, but at this time, Panyos are not priorities, because their intervention is not urgent, You have to work, to be prepared when the opportunity arises.

At the end of the conference, Mayor Valentí Junyent participated in the opening of the exhibition “Spaces recovered. The new uses of the Catalan industrial heritage “, and then the curator of the exhibition, Ferran Pont, gave a guided tour to those attending. The exhibition will be open until November 15th.

The exhibition Espais Recobrats. Els nous usos del patrimoni industrial català arrive to Manresa

The traveling exhibition claims the artistic, historical and landscape values ​​of industrial architecture and presents several examples of recovery of the industrial heritage in Catalonia

The exhibition can be visited from the 18th of October to the 15th of November 2019 at the Museum of the Technique of Manresa (Carretera de Santpedor, 55)

The exhibition has been co-produced by the Fundació Antigues Caixes Catalanes and the mNACTEC and arrives in Manresa with the help of the City Council of Manresa and the Technical Museum of Manresa.

The exhibition “Espais Recobrats. Els nous usos del patrimoni industrial català “explores the reuse of industrial heritage that has taken place over the last few decades in Catalonia. It is a project by the architect Ferran Pont and photographer Teresa Llordés, and has been co-produced by the Fundació Antigues Caixes Catalanes and the mNACTEC (Museu de la Ciència i la Tècnica de Catalunya).

The exhibition vindicates the artistic, historical and landscape values ​​of industrial architecture and presents examples of reinvention in this field, such as the conversion of old factories into museums, schools, libraries or shops. A broad repertoire of ways to address heritage reuse interventions, ranging from interventions of great transformation to those of a minimalist nature, emphasizes the maintenance of the industrial landscape.

La Fundació Aigües de Manresa – Junta de la Sèquia has decided to suspend the institutional activity until Friday and adheres to the general strike in response to the ruling of the Supreme

This decision entails the postponement of the technical conference around the Panyos "Los Panyos 1820. The first factory in Catalonia" that was to take place this Friday, 18th at the Museum of Technical of Manresa. The inauguration of the exhibition "Recreational Spaces" was also suspended, which was also held this Friday, October 18 at 5:00 PM at the Technical Museum of Manresa.
The employees of the Fundación Aigües de Manresa - the Board of the Acequia adhere to the general strike in response to the ruling of the Supreme, and the facilities it manages (the Casa de la Culla, the InfoSèquia, the Center of the Water of Can Font and the Museum of the Technique of Manresa) will be closed.
The Celebration of Panyos, scheduled for this weekend in front of the factory, remains. You can consult the programming of the activities in this link: http://parcdelasequia.cat/agenda/festa-dels-panyos/