Buildings inspectors in Barcelona are once again open, after a three-year absence, after an unprecedented shutdown following the 2016 Catalonia independence referendum.
Barcelona city hall will reopen on Tuesday following a three month shutdown that saw hundreds of thousands of workers forced to relocate due to a combination of economic sanctions, protests and vandalism.
On Wednesday, the office of the Building Inspectors Office will reopen after an 18-month break that saw a city council and Catalan government agreeing to reopen, and the construction of the building inspectors new office building.
Barça’s municipal council had promised to reopen by 2019, but it has not said when that will happen.
It was the biggest municipal construction project in the country’s history, with construction estimated to have cost a record €1.7 billion, with a total of over 3,000 jobs, according to a city government website.
The construction was halted due to the EU’s Catalonia law, which requires Catalonia to have a referendum on independence.
It was a huge political gamble, and sparked the largest regional referendum in modern Catalan history, which saw more than 50.4 million people cast their ballots.
The new building inspectors offices are to replace the one in Barcelona’s city hall, which was the only one to be shut down.
In December, Catalan government officials announced the building inspectors offices were to be opened for normal business on Thursday.
“I can say it’s a good day, I can say that we will see all the building inspections offices reopened,” Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau told reporters after the official opening of the office.