In the Nineties, the Vigo Free Trade Zone Consortium recovered the sea front in the city’s centre with the ambitious 150,000 m2 project "Opening Vigo to the Sea". This operation was performed via a collaboration agreement between Vigo Port Authority, who provided the land, the Free Trade Zone Consortium, who executed and financed the works, Vigo City Council, who is responsible for maintenance, and the Galician Regional Government.
The operation received numerous architectural awards, and merited an 18 million euro subsidy from the European Investment Bank, in addition to the total investment of 120 million euros.
The main works were:
Several different infrastructures to close off the coast for Vigo's ring roads.
An administrative services area above the car park in Praza da Estrela.
A promenade which includes the A Laxe automated car park and a staffed building.