Vidalia gives a new life to the old textile mill of Cal Vidal considered as Cultural Heritage
It is in a privileged location at the gates of the Pre-Pyrenees.
Vidalia’s project is located in the former Colonia Vidal in the province of Barcelona.
Colonia Vidal, also known as Cal Vidal, is an old textile colony conceived as a self-sufficient nucleus, with housing for workers, church, school, etc … on the banks of the river Llobregat, in the municipality of Puig -Reig in the Berguedá area, included in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia.
We highlight the location for several reasons. First of all for all buildings are listed as Industrial Heritage. On the other hand, because it solves very well the needs of a housing cooperative, offering community spaces and personal spaces. And lastly, because of its good communication as well as being in the middle of the forest, next to the bed of the river Llobregat and being the gateway to the Pre-Pyrenees.
“Cal Vidal is one of the most well located and picturesque colonies in Catalonia.”
History of the textile colony
The founder of Colonia Vidal was Ignasi Vidal and Ballet along with his family, the “Vidalet”. In 1882 the Vidal family bought the land necessary for the construction of the Colony. The construction of this one began in 1892, from the project of one of its owners, the engineer Vicente Vidal and Casacuberta, but it was not finished until 1901. Ignasi Vidal died before finishing the works and passed the baton to his two sons. The colony was in operation for 80 years, from 1901 until it closed its doors in 1980.
More information: Colonia Vidal and Colonia Textil in Wikipedia
The Vidal Colony Museum in Puig-reig is currently located and receives 17,000 visitors a month each year. It is part of the Territorial System of the Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia. The muesu shows us what life and work was like in the colonies at the beginning of the 20th century.
In recent times…
After the closure of the factory, people gradually moved away from the colony and in 2005 it was bought by Hines, a US real estate corporation, through a company created specifically for the transaction, Hines Cal Vidal, SL, to make a great urban project at a time of generalized growth. Currently the owner Hines Cal Vidal S.L. is in talks with the mortgage holder Banco Popular, S.A. in order to look for an alternative project to the initial one and that allows to give sense to the Colony, at the same time that to make viable the restructuring of the debt to pass to small loans for the users. In this sense, our team of technicians has been commissioned to facilitate this mission.
In order to conserve the Colony in a minimal state, the Banco Popular of 2015-2017 had a working fund and assumed the financing of emergency repairs when needed to avoid the degradation of the property, as has been done with the roof of the church, the closure of the chimney and industrial buildings, and soon with the facade of a part of the buildings of the Plaza. In June 2017 Banco Santander bought Banco Popular for € 1, -. Santander announced that it will try to sell Banco Popular’s portfolio of toxic real estate to a vulture fund called Blackstone during the first quarter of 2018. Thus, we predict that Colonia Vidal will also be transferred. Negotiations on the mortgage and other outstanding issues are impossible until then.
The Urban Master Plan for the Colonies of 2007 has, among its objectives, to articulate a limited and respectful urban network that preserves heritage, favours first residence housing, rejuvenates the population, ensures the quality of the offer at competitive prices; as well as the full employment of native residents until reaching a population density close to that of the adjacent towns of about 50 inhab/ha. and a minimum of 110 dwellings for the isolated Colonies. Puig-reig Town Council, as well as the Generalitat and the European Union, are in favour of our project to recover the colony as a living space and community; at the same time as encouraging the owner to carry out the essential refurbishment works and ensure the safety of all its visitors (more than 17,000 a year).
Puig-reig is a municipality located in central Catalonia, in the Berguedà region and in the province of Barcelona. Within its municipal district there are 7 old textile colonies, being the town that has more textile colonies..
Des de la colònia hi ha 15 minuts en bicicleta fins a Puig-reig, 20minuts en Cotxe fins a Manresa i 60 minuts en cotxe fins a Barcelona. Hi ha autobusos directes al centre de Barcelona (10 al dia; 1h30min) i Manresa (10 al dia 40min).
Aquí Berguedà: Web with relevant information on how to get to Puig-reig and Bergudeà in general, with the local buses and their timetables.
Website of the Bus Company: To get to Cal Vidal from Barcelona: Bus Barcelona-Berga-Andorra la Vella passing through Puig-reiger arribar a Cal Vidal des de Barcelona: Autobús Barcelona-Berga-Andorra la Vella passant per Puig-reig.
Website of the Bus Company: To get to Cal Vidal from Manresa: Bus Manresa-Berga
To get to Manresa from Barcelona: Train ‘Renfe’ Barcelona -Manresa,