Last update: 02/12/2021
Santander is committed to innovation and transformation. And this commitment has led us to transform our two most iconic buildings in the city of Santander in order to provide the city with modern spaces for culture and technology.
The past, present and future will co-exist in a single space as we remodel two of our most iconic buildings in the Cantabrian capital: the bank’s first headquarters on Paseo de Pereda, dating back to 1795, and another on Calle Hernán Cortés, which dates back to 1900.
At an event on 11 May 2021 at City Hall in Santander, capital of the Spanish region of Cantabria, with Grupo Santander Executive Chairman Ana Botín and local mayor Gema Igual, a municipal licence was signed to commence works at one of the buildings, Pereda. About the project, Ana Botín said, “Our mission is to keep Santander, a 21st-century bank, at the forefront of banking in the future. And our headquarters must mirror that — our innovativeness, our freshness, our focus on people — while remaining a symbol of our past and our roots locally and globally”.
The transformation of our historic HQ begins today after three years of exploratory studies and urban development red tape. Ana Botín laid the first brick of the new Espacio Pereda project to turn the bank’s base in Santander into a cultural, intellectual and institutional hub for the city and Cantabria. President of the Cantabrian regional government Miguel Ángel Revilla also attended the event, which was held both virtually and in-person due to covid-19 restrictions.
Proof of our commitment to the environment and the fight against climate change is that both projects have been designed to be sustainable and energy efficient and have the BREEAM "excellent" certification that accredits buildings as sustainable at world level, in relation to both how they are built and how they are operated, thus minimising their environmental impact.
Sites that are cultural points of reference
The bank's headquarters will be open to the public and will exhibit over a thousand works from the Group's private art collection, including paintings by El Greco, Rubens, Picasso and Miró, among others, and the world’s best collection of works by José Gutiérrez Solana. Other temporary exhibitions will also be arranged through agreements with private collections from countries where the bank has a presence and prestigious international museums.
Of course, technology and art will be the centrepieces of this space. We want to put educational and cultural activities in place for all audiences, so that visitors can enjoy the works in different settings.
Remodelling under exceptional architects
We have top architects to execute this project. The remodelling of the Pereda building will be carried out by architect David Chipperfield, renowned for such work as the extension of the Royal Academy in London and the remodelling of Museum Island in Berlin.
For the transformation of our building on Calle Hernán Cortés, we have the prestigious architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz, whose studio was responsible for the restoration of the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands, the railway stations in Basel and Seville, and the design of the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid.