Cerdanyola del Vallès is located northwest of Collserola’s mountain range and occupies an area of 31.2 square kilometres. A major road and rail network infrastructure surrounds it, easing access from anywhere close by, and is set within the biggest natural area around the Metropolitan region of Barcelona. Currently has a population of 60,000 inhabitants but soon will reach 75,000.
Cerdanyola has three railway lines and four rail stations – two belonging to Renfe’s services and two others to FFCC (Catalonia’s Government railway service) –, various bus lines, the AP-7 Highway, the C-58, the N150 Barcelona-Terrassa as well as the B-30, Barcelona’s ring road, all of them near by. This creates a privileged geographical set that has attracted people not only to live but also to build infrastructure, business and industry.
Cerdanyola has its own identity thanks to its University, progress in technology and its appetite for economic knowledge.
In 1968, Barcelona’s Autonoma University (UAB) was built, taking up a large stretch of the B-30 ring road. Its campus holds various faculties, diverse equipment, research laboratories and a vast structure of university halls (vila universitaria), being home to a large student community.
The region enjoys of approximately 457.5 hectares of land dedicated to business & industry activities, distributed between seven Business & Industry Estates, reaching an 8.7% share of land within Valles Occidental dedicated to such activities. The majority of these Estates are small or medium sized, located in the periphery of the city, enjoying of excellent road and rail network facilities. The main business activity within the Estates is industrial (65%), followed by real estate (12.7%) and other businesses (9.3%).
One of the biggest attractions of Cerdanyola is its Technological Park (Parc Tecnologic del Valles). Established in 1987, it is a meeting point for institutions and businesses within the new technologies sector. The Park is the perfect framework for quality and offering a variety of services and infrastructure. The areas with a higher presence are information technology and engineering.
Nonetheless, the key project for Cerdanyola’s future is Alba’s Park (Parc de l’Alba) and its Sincrotro, a contemporary research infrastructure that will be dedicated to advanced technology activities, being one of the most sophisticated of its type in Europe. The project is closely linked to Barcelona’s Autonoma University, the Technological Park of el Valles and the numerous innovation and research centres based in the city.