Minister Elvira Fortunato inaugurates the redevelopment of the Gambelas University Residence

This is one of three residences at the University of Algarve that are undergoing renovation work

The requalification works of the Gambelas University Residence, in Faro, will be inaugurated tomorrow, January 12th, at 17pm, by Elvira Fortunato, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education.

The minister will also visit one of the residence's apartments and talk to some students.

On the same day, at 18:30 pm, Elvira Fortunato participates in the closing session of the congress that marks the beginning of the internationalization strategy of the European University of the Seas, in the Caixa Geral de Depósitos Grand Auditorium on the Gambelas Campus.

This was one of three residences at the University of Algarve (UAlg) that underwent renovation work, as part of an investment of around 3,5 million euros, financed by the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) in around 70 %.

«In addition to structural reinforcement, these interventions focused, above all, on fire safety, thermal behavior and increased energy efficiency, reconciling the objectives of rational management of energy consumption, in accordance with the principles of energy efficiency, with the guarantee of comfort and health of the building», according to UAlg.

The sanitary facilities of the three residences were also included in this renovation. In order to promote water efficiency, «UAlg, in addition to intervening in the entire water supply network and wastewater drainage network, replaced water use devices with more efficient ones».

«All building renovation interventions include the concern for adequate preservation and enhancement of the pre-existence, as well as its combination with improving the well-being and quality of life of residents. Improving the quality of life and habitability have always been underlying all interventions, which also took into consideration a cost-benefit relationship, in the short and long term», added the Algarve university

In terms of social sustainability, «one of the objectives is not only to promote respect for the individuality of each resident, but also coexistence with each other, with the adoption of shared spaces, such as the existence of a lounge, study and dining room , promoting common experience».

Meanwhile, UAlg has already launched an international public tender for a contract to renovate another university residence, Penha, in Faro. The investment planned for this work “is more than 1,4 million euros”.

The interventions already carried out focused on 237 beds and the international competition for the Penha residence will include a further 102 beds.

As a whole, these interventions aim to “continue to provide quality accommodation, at affordable prices, guaranteeing high standards of well-being”.