Plans unveiled for mixed-use urban regeneration scheme in Italy

WCN Editorial Team 15 Jun 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based engineering and design company Arup has unveiled plans for a mixed-use development on 11ha former industrial site south of Milan, Italy.

The move comes as Arup has won an invite-only private competition, which was launched by private developer PV01.RE.

Arup’s masterplan, named Supernova, is a pedestrian and bike-friendly mixed-use urban regeneration scheme featuring smart living accommodation, student housing as well as retail, office and a new hotel facility.

Located to the north of the city on the former Necchi area, the Pavia’s Supernova redevelopment will have access to a new Pavia Nord station on the SS13 line, connecting to Milano Rogoredo in 19 minutes.

Arup Italy urban designer lead Stefano Recalcati said: “Quality of life and proximity to nature, combined with solid accessibility and connectivity links, will put medium-sized cities such as Pavia in a position to attract more businesses - and new residents. Sustainable redevelopments such as Our Supernova masterplan create the conditions for this step change.”

In addition to preserve iconic buildings, including the entrance building to the former Necchi Factory and the industrial chimney, the redevelopment will comprise green infrastructure integrated into a mix of sport and open-air spaces.

PV01.RE CEO Paolo Signoretti said: “The regeneration of the former Necchi site in Pavia is an ambitious project, where we aim to create a new sustainable vibrant and attractive community, which is rooted in the history and projected towards the future.

“For such a challenging project we appointed Arup, an independent design firm well-known for its total design approach and with whom we share the same values.”

Illustration of the regeneration scheme in Italy. (Credit: Arup)

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