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Fórum Sintra: an elegant and culturally integrated area

28 April 2011 No Comment

Sintra Forum, or Fórum Sintra from its original designation, is open to the public since the 11th of this month. At the official inauguration of this commercial complex of excellence, elegant and culturally integrated, attended Fernando Seara, Mayor of Sintra, developers and project managers, as well as elements of the Production Direction of Mota-Engil Engenharia, among others. The connection with the IC19 road or with the hills of the Serra de Sintra, crowned by the Pena Palace, has led to an architecture that seeks to reconcile, in a contemporary invention, such distinct developments in time and space. According to Fernando Seara, “the Fórum Sintra is a single area for opportunities and a significant investment in a unique moment in the life of Portugal.” However, for the representatives of Mota-Engil Engenharia, the size of the work is highly relevant and distinguishes, again, the brand Mota-Engil. This shopping centre has a construction area of ​​119 thousand m2 and was built by the consortium composed in equal parts (50%) by Mota-Engil Engenharia and Opway. It is the first major infrastructure of this kind in the municipality. The value of contracts amounted to 34 million euros, including containment, excavation and structure, finishing and landscape. The architectural concept and execution of the Fórum Sintra are the responsibility of ARX and Chapman Taylor, respectively. With an investment of 170 million euros resulting from the expansion and refurbishment of the former Feira Nova de Sintra, promoters provide about 3300 jobs. The Fórum Sintra has 182 stores on three floors, including a Pingo Doce hypermarket, a food court with 20 restaurants and also seven cinemas Castello Lopes. The infrastructure also provides 2,520 underground parking spaces and 130 more on the surface.