León

Project status
Completed

In 2009, 180 discharge valves are added to the 75 already located in the streets of the historical centre: a new development is inaugurated. The new district in the city outskirts called La Lastra is one of the latest urban developments undertaken in the recent years.

León city is the capital of the León province in the Castile and León autonomous community since 1983. Situated in the northwest of Spain is founded as the Roman military encampment of the Legio VI Victrix around 29 BC, its standing as an encampment city was consolidated with the definitive settlement of the Legio VII Gemina from 74 AD.

910 saw the beginning of one of its most prominent historical periods, when it became the capital of the Kingdom of León, which took active part in the Reconquista and came to be one of the fundamental kingdoms of medieval Spain. In 1188, the city hosted the first Parliament in the European history under the reign of Alfonso IX, that’s why in 2010, was officially named the Cradle of Parliamentarism.

The 20th century saw a significant acceleration in the rate of urban expansion which had been observed since the end of the 19th century, when the city became an important communications hub of the northwest due to the rise of the coal mining industry and the arrival of the railroad.

Leon's historical and architectural heritage, as well as the numerous events hosted throughout the year (particularly the Easter processions) and its location in the Camino de Santiago, which is ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make it a destination of both domestic and international tourism.  Some of the city's most prominent historical buildings are the Cathedral, the finest example of classic Gothic architecture in Spain, the Basilica of San Isidoro, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Spain, the Monastery of San Marcos, a prime example of plateresque and Renaissance Spanish architecture, and the Casa Botines, a Modernist creation of the architect Antoni Gaudí.  A great example of modern architecture is the city's Museum of Contemporary Art.

León population rise 2.543.413 citicens

Although the province of León has lost a 0.86% of the total population last year, making it one of the Spanish provinces where the population decline is more pronounced, as anecdote should be noted that in the province live 229 people who have or exceed 100 years. 

History and vanguard served by the same system

Envac landed in Leon when the system is started up in 1999. Operated by Envac since the very beginning the system serves Leon historical center also called "Barrio Húmedo", a large number of bars and restaurants of the area besides a densely populated area.

 The net 3,2 km long ends in a terminal station placed on the outskirts of the city in a new  neighborhood called La Lastra and is designed fully integrated with the surrounding buildings. One of the most important features of this system is the buried air valves, which releases a lot of public space for other uses.

 In 2009, 180 discharge valves are added to the 75 already located in the streets of the historical centre: a new development is inaugurated. The new district in the city outskirts called La Lastra is one of the latest urban developments undertaken in the recent years. 

 The 2,5 Km net of new pipes are connected to the same terminal station which is serving the historical centre and collects two fractions, packaging and rest, inlets are situated both in the streets and inside the buildings.

In La Lastra you can find the most innovated buildings and the largest shopping centre of the City. Promoters have chosen the highest quality of materials and equipments for its design, the new bridges across the river, connecting both parts of the city, are also proof of that.

Basic project information
CountrySpain
CityLeón
Project startup2000
In operation since2002
Basic system data
Type of systemStationary Vacuum System
System subtypeSVS 500
Application areaHistoric city centre, Residential area
Design capacity8 tons per day
Number of fractions2
Number of inlets80
Total metres of pipe4000
Type of wasteGeneral waste / Rest, Packaging