Marbella town hall has announced that the old sugar factory of El Ingenio San Pedro works will shortly commence to reopen the historic building as a cultural centre for performing arts.
The work on the building of 478 square metres is budgeted at €800,000 euros and a lead time of eight months. Blanca Fernandez, Councillor for Works, said the work will include a complete refurbishment changing its use entirely. “The facilities were renovated in the 80s for a cultural centre but in recent years it has been closed because they had to adapt to the rules for this type of public facility,” she added.
The rehabilitation project is to be entirely supervised by the Head of Culture, Gema Midón, and the Deputy Mayor, Rafael Piña.
The upcoming work will add two workshops and performance areas. The former will be in the tower, while the latter will be downstairs. In addition, two public entrances are to be implemented. One will be from the gardens outside the main hall while the other will provide access from Calle Morena, giving direct access to the stalls.
The lobby is to be turned into an audiovisual area where visitors can learn the history of the building and about any current and upcoming events.
The architecture in the main nave and the tower are to be preserved.
History of El Ingenio San Pedro’s sugar factory
The property in San Pedro de Alcántara was part of the sugar empire that the Marqués del Duero began in Marbella in 1860 and was inaugurated in 1871. In the late nineteenth century, it was added to the Alcoholera of San Pedro, managed by the then Sociedad Colonia de San Pedro. It gave the name to the area it sits in and provided much needed employment at the time. The industrial complex also housed a winery which made a high quality muscat and an alcohol factory, La Alcoholera.
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