The Opengela project’s innovative, integrated home renovation service is thriving in the Basque cities of Bilbao and Eibar. Watch the newly released videos to hear from citizens benefiting from the project, as well as the architects, construction workers, and office staff who are making it all happen.
In Bilbao, residents of the Otxarkoaga neighbourhood are delighted with the improvements to their domiciles and the district as a whole. “They have been in charge of the neighbourhood’s survival”, reports Patxi, a resident of Otxar. Others elaborate on the sentiment, speaking highly of the continued support and information given by Opengela throughout the renovation period.
Elsewhere, in Eibar, the Txonta neighbourhood has seen a revitalisation thanks to the local Opengela branch. There, 382 residents have benefited from the one-stop-shop, which brings together residents, city administrators, and construction workers. The project prioritises efficiency and accessibility, breathing new life into homes constructed during the 1950s. “It’s going to be a very nice and elegant neighbourhood”, beams Patxi Reche, “a lot of young people have started to come to buy houses and stay here. We’ve been given very good help, and I think the houses will be here for another 70 years or more.”
Like all good things, Opengela, as a project, has ended. It is time to draw conclusions and reflect on the results and what has been accomplished, and Opengela has a lot to show.
Whether a long-time fan or a neophyte, the Opengela team is eager to share its results with you on the 17th of November, 2022. See you in Brussels to discuss how to improve one-stop-shops and (re)discover other examples of Integrated Homes Renovation Services in Europe.