Pedrógão Grande: Competition launched for the construction of the memorial to the victims of the fire – Portugal

Infrastructures of Portugal (IP) today launched the tender for the construction of the Memorial to the Victims of the Fire of Pedrógão Grande, an intervention with a base value of 1.8 million euros.

Nuno André Ferreira

The contract, whose public tender announcement was published today in Diário da República, foresees “the construction of the memorial, road accesses, which includes a turnaround zone for circulation from the south and renovation of the marginal landscape of EN [estrada nacional] 236-1 “, said an official IP source, in response to questions from the Lusa agency.

Over about two kilometers
s of that national road where many of the victims of the Pedrógão Grande fire died will still be “planted a set of different native tree species”, he added.

Most of the investment (around 1.4 million euros) will be invested in the construction of the memorial, he said.

According to the same source, IP expects the work to be completed during the first half of 2022.

In 2019, in a session held in the municipality of Castanheira de Pera, a protocol was signed between the Association of Victims of the Pedrógão Grande Fire (AVIPG) and Infrastructures of Portugal for the construction of the memorial.

The memorial project was designed by architect Eduardo Souto Moura, and will consist of a water raft connected to a fountain, symbolizing life and birth.

“Water as purification is a transversal element in all cultures and religions”, said the architect at the time, stressing that the designed water raft has the “double function of evoking rebirth, which we think will happen and, if there is another fire, firefighters have nowhere to go to get water “.

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