During the Universal Exposition that Seville hosted in 1992, FCC participated in significant works such as the construction of the high speed rail line that links the cities of Madrid and Seville and the stations of Atocha and Santa Justa. FCC improved connections to Cartuja Island through the bridges of Chapina and the Alamillo, and it also contributed to the construction of the pavilions that opened Spain’s doors to the rest of the world.
FCC and Expo Sevilla 92
The Universal Exposition of Seville was located on Cartuja Island. FCC built six pavilions such as Australia, where the country’s flora and fauna were displayed in the central courtyard along with a projection room with a capacity for 600 people, and Catalonia, with an interior occupied by a totem pole hanging from the deck. The Italian pavilion was, by size, the second largest pavilion of the fairground. Its characteristic wall evoking the Italian fortified cities. The pavilion of Puerto Rico, with an avant-garde aspect was characterised by the juxtaposition of three geometric volumes of different urban architectures. Its cylindrical classroom was the monument’s constructive landmark. The Cerex-South building consisted of a set of three buildings for the use of power companies. Finally, FCC participated in the construction of the services building of the exhibition, which housed fire stations, post offices, and different data storage centers.
“FCC’s participation in the Expo allowed the recovery of the urban stretch of the Guadalquivir River”
In addition to the pavilions, FCC’s participation in the Expo allowed the recovery of the urban stretch of the Guadalquivir River, through the construction of the Chapina Bridge and the passage of the Alamillo. Both infrastructure works allowed the direct connection between the historical center of Seville and Cartuja Island to be recovered.
The bridge of Chapina crosses the Guadalquivir River with a metallic structure formed by two parallel arcs of 126 meters. The length of the deck is 171 meters and its width is 30.5 meters. The construction of this bridge involved important actions such as: construction of a double viaduct with four spans of 32 meters each, roundabouts on two levels to serve as intersections as well as the construction of North-South axis and axis Patrocinio-Plaza de Armas. FCC completed this work with the treatment of the Guadalquivir River in Chapina, connecting the dock and the meander of San Jerónimo
“FCC developed the Cartuja viaduct, 526 meters long”
FCC completed the Alamillo pass which led to the construction of the Alamillo bridge. It is a cable-stayed bridge consisting of a board that saves of 200 meters and a pylon with a slope of 58 degrees with respect to the horizontal. In addition to this FCC also developed the Cartuja viaduct, 526 meters long, with a circular arch section board and two levels of overhangs, the upper one for road traffic and the lower one for pedestrians.
In the sports field, FCC built the rowing facilities for the Expo, consisting of rowing and canoeing tracks of 2,200 meters, a two-storey arrival tower as well as service buildings and public areas.
High Speed as the engine of the Universal Exposition
“FCC built six sections, which totaled more than 100 kilometers of double track width”
FCC participated actively in the delivery of the infrastructure works, including the high speed rail access to Andalusia between Madrid and Seville. FCC built six sections, which totaled more than 100 kilometers of double track width, several bridges as well as the elimination of a number crossings. It is a clear example of the important role played by FCC in the development of the high-speed line between Madrid and Seville.
Special mention must be made to the Atocha (Madrid) and Santa Justa (Seville) stations. The Atocha Station involved the construction of pillars over 23 meters high, on which the station roof rests. It is a glass skylight of 17,000 square meters, allowing natural light to enter the building. Before the enlargement carried out in 2010, in which FCC also participated, a beam of 15 tracks was constructed, arranged in eight platforms of 465 meters in length. The station was completed by the construction of a tower of 42 meters located in one of the corners of the historical canopies of the old station.
“The Atocha Station involved the construction of pillars more than 23 meters high, on which the deck rests”
The Santa Justa Station was an important milestone in the plan for the remodeling of the railway network in Seville. The work was divided into three large zones, with a central nucleus in which most of the services for passengers and the rail lines are housed. The patio of platforms are covered by six large vaults of metallic structure over the five platforms for long-distance trains and two for freight trains. The access point to the station consists of a board of prefabricated beams with an area of 22,000 square meters.
In a history spanning over 115 years, FCC has shortened travelling distances for passengers across the world through its high speed rail works.