It would mean almost 1,200 jobs and 300 million euros for Andalusia

The mayor of Seville, Antonio Muñoz, together with the Steering Committee created expressly to prepare the city’s candidacy to host the headquarters of the future Spanish Space Agency, has presented its content, which will be submitted to the City Council Plenary for obtain the maximum possible consensus prior to its referral to the Ministry of Territorial Policy for its evaluation. “Seville complies. We have that winning candidacy”, as summarized by Muñoz.

“We have worked in recent months in a participatory manner, creating a Steering Committee, involving groups, entities and companies, reaching out to citizens and preparing rigorous technical reports with one goal: to have the best candidacy. It is a city project, a collegiate and participated project. And I dare to say something else: this is the project of the metropolitan area of ​​Seville, the province and Andalusia”, he has abounded.

This Steering Committee is made up of Seville City Council itself, Junta de Andalucía, Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Seville, UGT and CCOO unions, University of Seville, Pablo de Olavide University, University of Seville, International University of Andalusia, Cartuja Science and Technology Park, Aerópolis Aerospace Tecnology Park, Andalucía Aerospace business cluster and Seville Space Forum.

Aerospace strenght

The candidacy is based on the strength of the Sevillian aerospace industry and its innovation ecosystem. Thus, of the 152 entities linked to the space sector in Andalusia, 64 are based in Seville. By typology, Seville concentrates 72% of the companies, 26% of the research groups and 42% of the public bodies associated with space.

Meanwhile, the aeronautical and space industry in the community as a whole, led by Andalucía Aerospace cluster, has a global turnover of more than 2,400 million euros and employs more than 14,500 people. “Seville leads this sector and has established itself in recent years as one of the poles of the aeronautical and space industry in Spain”, added the mayor.

Innovation

The second pillar of this candidacy is based on the commitment to talent and knowledge. Seville is home to the largest scientific community in Andalusia, with the Cartuja Science and Technology Park, three public universities, one private university, and five private university centres, while the largest integrated Vocational Training center is under construction in the metropolitan area of Aeronautics of Spain. There are 20 research groups that develop lines directly related to the space industry and that work in universities, the CATEC, the Microelectronics Institute, the National Accelerator Center, the JRC or the SST-Morón radar, and all of them are part of The candidacy.

The third pillar, and which is a key piece, is the headquarters provided by the city, which, according to the Ministry’s bases, must not only meet the requirements, but must also be ready for the entry of Space Agency workers Spain in the first quarter of 2023. The CREA Building (Center for Advanced Business Resources), located in the San Jerónimo neighborhood, is the proposed headquarters: an area of ​​3,311 square meters, a space with 3 meeting rooms, a board room and two classrooms, an auditorium with 205 square meters with capacity for 178 people, parking, an exhibition hall of 255 square meters and also a porch for outdoor events. It also has all the digital communications allowing high-speed connections in the building, access by public transport and easy access by private vehicle or bicycle, and it is 15 minutes from the Aerópolis Aerospace Park and a short distance from the PCT Cartuja and the main university centers and research institutes in Seville.

In addition, if the Spanish Space Agency needs to expand or relocate in the future, the candidacy document lists up to four possible new headquarters: the Aerópolis Business Center, the Europe Pavilion, the Future Pavilion and the Naves de Renfe. In other words, a short and long-term project is contemplated as the activity of this institution grows.

The fourth block of requirements that the city meets concerns transportation. The headquarters will be 12 minutes from the airport with the connections requested in the bases to Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Frankfurt and Toulouse. Prague is missing, but the Seville City Council has obtained a document signed by Vueling airline announcing its intention to recover the line with the Czech capital if the Space Agency is obtained. It will also be about 15 minutes from the Santa Justa train station and its high-speed connections, it will be connected by road with all the capitals of Andalusia, with the rest of Spain and with Portugal and, lastly, it will have the Port of Seville, the only port inland maritime of Spain.

Seville has a wide range of accommodation facilities and its proven ability to organize major events, including those for the aerospace industry. It has been the European capital of space by presiding over the network of Arianne cities, it has hosted the summit of ministers of the European Space Agency and it has regular international aerospace congresses. There are also hotels committed to the candidacy with specific offers for any contract that comes from the Spanish Space Agency. FIBES and other public and private spaces complete the offer for holding top-level events available. It has also been agreed to create a softlanding office to support workers and facilitate their integration into the city itself.

United candidacy

Of great importance for Seville as an applicant is the unity around the candidacy, and not only business, but also social and institutional. “This is a candidacy for everyone and we have felt the Andalusian ministries as part of the process during this time. The candidacy of Seville is the candidacy of Andalusia and, from here, we are going to work throughout Andalusia”, Antonio Muñoz remarked. “It is a shared and participatory candidacy, in which public entities, economic and social agents, universities, business clusters and private entities have collaborated”, he insisted.

Economic impact

Finally, the application provides all the reports that are required regarding the rental real estate market and specifically on the economic, social and industrial impact of the Space Agency. This last report has been carried out by the UNIA (International University of Andalusia), the Andalucía Aerospace cluster and the Andalusian Technological Corporation (CTA).

The impact that the creation of this agency will have on the industry throughout the country has been calculated based on three projective analysis exercises that have given different results. In the short term (year 2023) the implementation of the Agency in Seville will have an impact of 360 million euros (direct, indirect and induced) and 5,860 jobs nationwide; this will be the budget and the contracts that will depend directly or indirectly on the new institution, according to the report provided by the UNIA, with Seville being the epicenter.

In the medium term (2032), the impact report predicts that in Andalusia in 10 years the turnover of the specific space industry will multiply by six, going from 50 million euros to almost 300 million, and that employment will quadruple, going from the current 400 jobs to almost 1,600, and again Seville in the center. And, finally, with a more qualitative approach, the boost it will give to the ecosystems of entrepreneurship, innovation and research in the space sector has been analysed. In this aspect, it is considered that the Space Agency will contribute to the generation of an ecosystem of startups and to promote the establishment in Seville of companies in the space sector.