Sale of 40% of Saba Italia shares to Autostrade, the country's main highway concessionaire. The operation aims to enlist strong support from a prestigious local partner with extensive knowledge of the market in order to facilitate access to potential tenders and sales processes that may emerge.
Autostrade joining the company marks the start of a four-year period in which Saba Italia consolidates itself as one of the key companies in the country's car park sector, growing to 41 sites located in cities such as Rome, Milan, Trieste, Verona, Bari, Assisi and Rieti.
In this period, the Abertis Group is focusing its international expansion process in Italy, where it is awarded new car parks in Genoa (174 parking spaces), Sassari (1,740 parking spaces), Milan (340 parking spaces) and Pisa (392 parking spaces) and some of its concessions are extended. Also noteworthy is the entry into operation of some car parks in Milan.
Due to its unsaturated market and abundant business opportunities, Italy stands out as a geographic area ideal for major investments.
New parking spaces are inaugurated and short-term plans are made to continue the investment policy in projects awarded to Saba, together with the consolidation of recentlylaunched operations.
As early as January 2005, Saba acquired 40% of Saba Italia from Autostrade, controlling 100% of the Italian subsidiary.
Management of 13 new car parks
Management of 13 new car parks
Saba is awarded the management of 13 new car parks, totaling 7,723 new parking spaces.
New car parks
New car parks
Saba opens a new car park in Genoa (Italy). With a capacity of more than 200 parking spaces, the new infrastructure includes a commercial area of more than 425 square metres. A sports centre and a landscaped area and kids’ playground have been built above the car park, at street-level. Including this operation, Saba Italia now manages 55 car parks in Italy with a capacity of about 28,543 parking spaces.
Saba Italia opens a car park in the centre of Pisa. With a capacity of 283 places, it is the first underground facility next to the historical centre of the city. During the construction work, significant archaeological remains were discovered which have been preserved and are visible from the interior of the car park.
Assignment of the first five underground car parks in Barcelona – Gracia, Gracia II, Plaça Catalunya, Lluís Companys and Pau Casals – representing some 4,000 parking spaces. This is the so-called "first concession".
Development beyond Barcelona. Saba explores opportunities, giving its business territorial coverage that will keep on expanding: Castellón, Mataró and Granollers (in the province of Barcelona), and Cadaqués and Blanes (in the province of Girona).
The industrial project and long-term vision are defined. Saba continues its expansion in Zaragoza, Seville and Madrid.
Banco de Santander and Barna Parking (owned by Enrique Gabarró) subscribe the share increase promoted by Saba and take control of the company.
Enrique Gabarró is appointed Chairman and Salvador Alemany is CEO.
Saba formalises Barna Parking’s merger by absorption. The operation results in the Hospital Clínic and Gracia III car parks being added to the portfolio.
Three major operations
Three major operations
In full pre-Olympic era, the Barcelona City Council promotes three major operations in the field of underground car parks: the expansion of the Plaça Urquinaona car park, the expansion of the Plaça Catalunya car park and the construction and operation of a new car park in Plaça de la Catedral.
Start of a decade in which internationalisation is a key challenge for Saba. The company begins studying operations that in the course of several years would result in its expansion to Portugal, Italy and Chile.
La Caixa buys Barna Parking its stake in Saba and also acquires Banco de Santander and Banco de Bilbao shares, taking control of the company. A part of the purchase was made through the concessionaire Acesa.
Josep Vilarasau is appointed Chairman and Salvador Alemany is ratified as CEO.
The company assumes management of 14 Inmobiliaria Colonial car parks in Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, La Coruña and Terrassa, among other cities.
Saba receives the Prize for Internationalisation of the Catalan Economy, awarded by the Generalitat.
Saba Aparcamientos, S.A.
Saba Aparcamientos, S.A.
La Sociedad de Aparcamientos de Barcelona S.A. (Saba) changes its name to Saba Aparcamientos, S.A., with the aim of facilitating its expansion outside the geographical environment of Barcelona and Spain.
Saba joins the recently created group Abertis, chaired by Isidre Fainé, where Salvador Alemany serves as CEO. At this time, Saba has 91 operations in Spain, which translates into about 50,000 parking spaces, approximately.
This decade witnesses increased internationalisation and also enhanced quality in key aspects such as excellence in service, maintenance and image of facilities, sustainable environmental management and quality certification.
The commitment to service quality and innovation is maintained thanks to the vehicle guiding system (VGS), as well as the first car sharing and electric vehicle initiatives.
Saba continues its growth in Spain
Saba continues its growth in Spain
Saba continues its growth in Spain (Navarra, Catalonia and Valencia), winning new awards where it contributes its brand hallmarks: technological innovation, quality of service and prime locations in urban centres.
Saba stands as an indisputable leader for the entire European sector.
During 2006, the company develops and improves technological solutions in the areas of dynamic signage, vehicle guiding systems, Teletac and GPRS.
Leading operator in Spain
Leading operator in Spain
The effort made in recent years to boost Saba’s growth and internationalisation begins to bear fruit: Saba is the leading operator in Spain and one of the largest in Europe in the car park sector. It manages at present 95,320 parking spaces distributed in a total of 169 operating units and is present in 69 cities, 42 of them in Spain.
Reinforcing the presence
Reinforcing the presence
Saba reinforces its presence in the centre of the peninsula, acquiring a 357-space car park in the Plaza de los Monteses (Madrid). In Catalonia, it is awarded the El Prat airport car park, where it will manage a total of 24,719 parking spaces in the new terminal 1 and the old terminal 2.
In keeping with its continuous improvement policy, Saba makes pioneering advances in the field of new technologies in terms of safety and risk prevention. A prime example is its implementation of the VIA-T payment system at the car park exit, implemented in a total of 26 Group car parks.
Saba's commitment to contribute solutions for improving mobility is materialised with new technological initiatives, including the launch of a Remote Parking Management (Geda) centre, a pioneering technological project in the control of car parks and metered areas in the network of car parks which the company manages in Spain.
Saba continues to work towards a more homogeneous expansion process, as well as in creating the right business mix with a greater share of other activities associated with public road parking tenders and management of car parks in airports, ports, hospitals and shopping centres.
The company is awarded key management concession contracts in car parks at airports (continuing to operate Barcelona-El Prat and new awards in Tenerife Sur, Girona, Reus, Almería and Pamplona), ports (controlled parking zone in the Port of Blanes), shopping centres (Illa Carlemany in Andorra) and hospitals (Mataró).
Saba consolidates its status as one of the main operators in the management of airport car parks. It is awarded contracts for the management of car parks in the aerodromes of Almería and Pamplona, which join those in Barcelona-El Prat, Girona, Reus and Tenerife Sur. In total, the Group manages nearly 37,126 parking spaces in Spanish airports. This does not include the 635 parking spaces under concession at the Brindisi airport in Italy.
Innovation, the application of new technologies, the concern towards social efficiency needs and environmental sustainability are other factors that distinguish the company’s development in 2010.
Saba deploys new technological and service improvements in its car park network, offering charging stations for electric vehicles. As part of its sustainability programme, the company installs green recycling points. A total of 34 car parks now boast the VIA T payment systems at car park exits.
Controlling more than 136,000 operating parking spaces, Saba is part of the Saba Infraestructuras group, created after the reorganisation of Abertis Group's business under its Chairman, Salvador Alemany and its CEO Josep Martínez Vila. The company maintains its commitment to innovation, technological advances, sustainable mobility, quality improvement, customer service and the analysis of growth opportunities within the framework of the efficiency plan promoted by the Group.
Saba launches its new brand and corporate image. It boosts the historical value of almost 50 years of the Saba brand and at the same time incorporates elements of the new company.
Saba reinforces his figure as a leading player in the debate on urban mobility, emerging strongly in recent years as a result of the evolution of cities: increased urban traffic and mobility-related problems resulting in congestion, pollution and accidents. As a leading industrial operator in the development of solutions in the field of urban mobility, Saba proposes a new model of sustainable mobility focused on building inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and communities.
Saba maintains its commitment to growth, improving efficiency and generating shareholder value. The group emphasizes the industrial element in the management of its businesses, the robustness of its activities and the commitment to new development opportunities.
Saba implements in Barcelona the new car park access and payment system that it will roll out, in a later stage, to its entire network. The VIA T device streamlines access to the car park: it allows entry and exit without a ticket, without going through the cashier and without having to even stop the vehicle.
Saba stays true to a philosophy of management and growth. A company guided by rigorous control of its relationships with all stakeholders, building a balance based on the satisfaction of customers, shareholders, employees and society at large, following the main objective of creating value for the shareholder and going public in the medium term.
Growth has remained the main challenge since the establishment of Saba Infraestructuras and 2013 is a clear example of this ambition. During this year 88,000 new parking spaces are acquired in 52 cities, following the completion of two important operations – Aena and Adif.
Saba is awarded the contract for managing car parks in 14 airports (“Mediterranean Lot”) of the Aena network, adding 57,000 new parking spaces and giving Saba a competitive edge and experience in managing economies of scale.
Saba wins the contract for managing and operating car parks in Adif’s 51 railway stations, adding 22,000 new parking spaces in 72 car parks, which allows the company to enhance its operational, technical and commercial management capacity, making a significant impact on perimeter growth.
The two operations represent a firstrate qualitative and quantitative jump, increasing the number of car parks by 68% and the number of parking spaces by 40%. These operations confirm that the strategy adopted in 2011 was the right one.
Adif and Saba sign the contract for leasing and operating 72 car parks for the Spanish railway manager.
Saba closes one of its most significant operations: acquiring 60% of joint venture Bamsa, set up by the Barcelona City Council. This public-private partnership project fits Saba’s concession-based operations and enables the company to design a proposal for managing mobility in urban centres, in addition to strengthening the future of the company. This operation not only guarantees the company’s growth but – since it is a 25-year concession – it also opens up its future prospects. Bamsa will manage 26 car parks in Barcelona totalling 12,555 parking spaces.
Bamsa is a unique project that aims to put our car parks at the international forefront thanks to the availability of wider parking spaces and major investments designed to improve our customers’ comfort through innovative paint and signage design that enhances brightness. Advances also include optical technology control and payment systems, VIA T technology in car parks that did not yet have it, a new vehicle guiding system featuring better, more efficient lighting, especially in the parking area, and a change in operating model and maintenance on a large scale.
In 2016, Saba Group formalises the divestment of its portfolio of logistics parks. With this transaction, Saba wraps up a period in which it has carried out four successive divestment operations, which total €300 million in shareholder’s equity, thus maximising the value of this business line and facilitating key operations in car parks such as Adif, Bamsa and (in Portugal) CPE. This move also boosts Saba’s added capacity in the car park business.
Since 2011, Saba has increased its number of car parks by 80% up to 371, and its parking spaces by 43% up to 195,000, with a cumulative expansion investment of €482 million.
Saba will remain committed to growth as one of its driving forces, just as it will continue to stress the identification of opportunities and geographical diversification, always from a selective viewpoint.
The company faces the challenge of an ever-changing reality where new technologies will define various parameters and change the rules of the game. It now stands as a benchmark in areas such as efficiency, technological innovation and commercial proactiveness. Living proof of this is: The Customer service and Control Centre (CCC), the deployment of VIA T at car park entrances and exits, the Saba App, the new business website, and the technological upgrade of control and payment systems.
The Arrábida Bridge is inaugurated in Porto. It is one of the six bridges in the city that span the Douro River and the largest reinforced concrete arch bridge in the world at the time of its construction. It is 614.6 m long and 26.5 m wide. The engineer responsible for its design and construction is Edgar António de Mesquita Cardoso. On 23 May 2013 it was declared national monument.
At the end of the year, the Spanish vehicle fleet – including trucks, buses, passenger cars and motorcycles – reaches 2.7 million. Barcelona and Madrid lead the ranking of “motorised” provinces at 445,726 and 423,180 vehicles respectively. In the first six years of the decade, the Spanish automobile fleet had grown by 272%.
Torres Blancas building in Madrid is inaugurated, work of Saénz de Oiza. Called “white towers” because they were lined with white marble powder mixed in with the concrete, it is the architect’s first high-rise building and is considered his most accomplished work, blending rational and organic principles.
The Amusement Park of the Casa de Campo de Madrid and the Cable Car are inaugurated.
The Walden 7 project is born, an emblematic building in Sant Just Desvern (Barcelona), created by the Architecture studio directed by Ricardo Bofill. Originally called Ciudad del Espacio (Space City), it features the construction of a large number of self-managed houses to simulate a small vertical town, with houses and flats, streets, shops and businesses.
The Barcelona City Council opens the Parc del Laberint d'Horta to the public. It is the oldest historical garden of its kind in the city, built on a slope of the Collserola mountain range. Started in 1794, its first phase was finished in 1808, the work of Italian architect Domenico Bagutti. The park includes a neoclassical garden dating to the 18th century and a romantic garden dating to the 19th century.
Santiago de Chile inaugurates its first underground line. Since then, it has grown considerably to become the second longest underground in Latin America, second only to Mexico City. It currently has five lines, 108 stations and a rail network of over 103 km, used daily by 2,300,000 passengers.
In a decade the municipalities in the outskirts of Barcelona and Madrid grow spectacularly. Fuenlabrada grows tenfold – from 7,000 to 78,000. Móstoles grows from 18,000 to 150,000, Alcorcón from 46,000 to 140,000. Hospitalet hits almost 300,000. Santa Coloma exceeds 140,000 and Badalona, 230,000.
The population of the province of Madrid grows by one million inhabitants – from 3.7 million to 4.7 – between 1970 and 1981. Barcelona in turn maintains its almost constant population at 1.7 million, similar to its current population.
Barcelona is chosen on October 17 as the host city of the XXV Olympic Games of 1992 (and IX Paralympic Games). The great transformation of the city begins: In addition to Sports complexes being constructed – remodelling of the Olympic Stadium and brand new Palau Sant Jordi – the city’s ring roads are built, the beaches and the entire seafront (Maremàgnum area) are recovered, entirely new neighbourhoods such as the Olympic Village are created, the transport system is improved and the underground is modernised.
UNESCO declares the historical centre of Porto – including its city walls – as Heritage of Humanity.
Expo 98, Lisbon
Expo 98, Lisbon
The Universal Expo 98 takes place in Lisbon, involving 155 countries and attracting more than 10 million visitors. Architecturally, the Expo completely renovates the city’s riverfront. The most iconic building of the Expo is the Portugal Pavilion, developed by Álvaro Siza, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1992 and one of the leading architects of our time.
Re-inauguration of the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house. The old hall and stage had been destroyed by a fire on 31 January 1994. The new Liceu was similar to the earlier building in appearance but featured a very advanced technical infrastructure and was extended to neighbouring plots of the Rambla, Sant Pau Street and Unió Street. It opened its doors on 7 October 1999.
The celebration of the Universal Forum of Cultures also triggers deep urban changes in Barcelona: the Besós area, until then populated with old abandoned factories, is recovered, the Poblenou district is revitalised and the entirely new Diagonal Mar district is built. The marina of Sant Adriá de Besós was also opened, giving the Diagonal Avenue an outlet to the sea.
"La Casa da Música", a new concert hall designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, opens in Oporto. It is built in the context of the Oporto 2001-European Capital of Culture project. The building is now considered one of the icons of the city.
Barcelona hosts the first edition of the Mobile World Congress, considered the world’s top event in the field of mobile communications. Its size and impact have grown year after year. In the 2017 edition more than 2,300 companies participated, and the event attracted 108,000 attendees from 208 countries, covered by approximately 3,500 journalists from around the world.
Lisbon is again the focus of international attention during the summit of heads of state and government officials of NATO member states – including the new president of the United States, Barack Obama. Russian President Dimitri Medvedev also attends as a guest dignitary./p>
The construction of the Madrid Río Park is finished. The pedestrian and recreational area is built on the two banks of the Manzanares River on the stretch previously occupied by the M-30 motorway, which now runs underground. A century after a canal was built for the river (in 1914), an green corridor totaling almost three thousand hectares within the municipality extends from El Pardo to Getafe and connects major green lungs of the city such as Casa de Campo, Parque de la Arganzuela and the Parque del Manzanares Sur.
The Sónar Festival celebrates its twentieth edition in 2013. Created in 1994 by music journalist Ricard Robles and visual musicians and artists Enric Palau and Sergio Caballero, Sónar is regarded as one of the top electronic and experimental music festivals in the world, attracting more than 80,000 people to Barcelona each year.
Gran Torre Santiago is inaugurated. Towering up to 300 metres and boasting 62 floors, it becomes the tallest building in Latin America and the fourth tallest in the southern hemisphere, after the Tower of Sydney (309 m), Queensland Number One (323 m) – both in Australia – and Sky Tower (328 m) in New Zealand.
After 17 months of restoration works, the Trevi Fountain splashes again. The most famous fountain in Rome and one of the most beautiful in the world was drained and closed for almost a year and a half to repair accumulated damages. The restoration works cost 2.2 million euros – contributed by an Italian fashion firm.
Capital increase of 433 million escudos, which Saba and Sonae share equally. This share capital increase is due to the strong investment process in which the Company is immersed.
Adjudication for construction and operation of two car parks in the centre of Portimao, offering a total of 530 parking spaces.
Agreement for the extension of the Praça Lisboa car park in Porto to the adjacent squares of Carlos Alberto and Dos Leões. The operation also entails the construction and operation of a new car park with 756 parking spaces in the immediate area of Palacio de Justicia.
Start of a very busy bidding period. Saba focuses on Portugal and its growth in this country, which is experiencing a booming market.
In this expansion phase, the two company shareholders fulfilled their respective roles perfectly: Saba, as an industrial partner, contributed the knowledge of the business and led the management car park management; Sonae, as a local partner, facilitated contact with the Administration, provided car parks for their new shopping centres and assumed all responsibilities for back office functions and support.
Saba increases its stake in Spel by 50%, which means that it controls 100% of the company and thus consolidates its presence in Portugal. Spel provides the Group with the management of 19 shopping centres and 15,850 parking spaces.
The company starts operating a 140-space car park in Leiria, a project that also includes the construction of 309 additional spaces.
Saba acquires Portuguese concessionaire CPE and doubles its car park network in the country. The operation involves incorporating 15 new car parks with more than 8,000 parking spaces in nine cities in Portugal.
The search for new opportunities focuses in the Americas. The company establishes Saba Chile and acquires six car parks located in Santiago de Chile and in Concepción – a total of 2,464 parking spaces.
Saba Chile acquires Vinci
Saba Chile acquires Vinci
Saba Chile acquires French company Vinci and adds four concession car parks (1,340 parking spaces) and two management car parks (1,458 parking spaces). With this operation, Saba has 5,262 parking spaces, distributed in 12 car parks in Chile, thus becoming the leader in Chile.
Saba is awarded the management contract for the car parks at the Arturo Merino Benítez Airport, in Santiago, Chile.
The contract signed between Saba and Nuevo Pudahuel, the airport concession company, calls for the management of 4,500 parking spaces. The airport is in the process of constructing a new terminal and extending the car park by 7,800 parking spaces.