The Barcelona City Council will set aside 750,000 euros for the rehabilitation of the Modernista architectural complex of the Hospital de Sant Pau i Santa Creu, according to an announcement by the acting mayor Ramon Garcia-Bragado during his visit to the hospital on 18 August this year. This amount will be channelled through the Institut del Paisatge Urbà i la Qualitat de Vida and, accordingly, an agreement was signed last July between the hospital director, Carles Martí, and the president of the Institut del Paisatge Urbà, Ramon Garcia-Bragado.
This agreement represents a new collaborative impetus between the City Council and the Hospital de Sant Pau, which will culminate in a future Modernisme Centre to coordinate the information programmes concerning this architectural style and the services and activities of the Barcelona Modernisme Route and Art Nouveau European Route. The Centre will be located in the foyer of the management pavilion once the rehabilitation work has been completed, scheduled for 2012. During the reconstruction period of this pavilion, an exhibition space will be set up in the Santa Apol·lònia pavilion to display the architectural and historical trajectory of this Modernista complex, built under the direction of Lluís Domènech i Montaner between 1902 and 1926 and added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
The guided tours of the architectural complex and the information centre managed by the Institut del Paisatge Urbà i la Qualitat de Vida since 2006 will remain in operation throughout the time the work continues.
The reconstruction work of this historical architectural complex has been divided into two stages. The first is forecast to end in 2013 and the second in 2016. Additional reconstruction work to that already begun, such as the reconstruction of the cupola on the Mercè pavilion and the reinforcement of façade elements, will also be carried out on the pavilions currently housing surgery, the intensive care unit and emergency services once these have been moved.
The Hospital de Sant Pau private foundation aims to convert this historic complex into a reference centre by 2013, thus contributing to consolidate Barcelona as a Mediterranean capital. Sant Pau will welcome international bodies, with special attention being paid to those relating to the Mediterranean region. An agreement has also been reached to create the United Nations International Institute, known as the UN University. There are also negotiations being carried out with health, financial and social network bodies whose fields of action lie within the Mediterranean area.