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Arup to deliver two sustainability seals for Milan’s Porta Nuova in world first

Floriana Palomba Floriana Palomba Europe Press Office, Italy
18 May 2020

Arup has been appointed to deliver two leading sustainability certifications – LEED and WELL - for the whole of Milan’s Porta Nuova district, the first large-scale urban regeneration project in the world to unveil such ambitious plans. 

Developed by Italian real estate firm COIMA, the Porta Nuova District is one of the most significant sustainable urban regeneration projects in Italy, transforming a former rail yard into a vibrant community with a focus on people, community, integration and resilience.  

Connecting three districts, the 900,000 m² mixed use development comprises several iconic buildings, including the award-winning Bosco Verticale and Le Varesine. With a 90,000 m² urban park and extensive pedestrian areas, sustainability is at the core of the Porta Nuova development: all buildings have received a LEED certification, while some have also secured WELL and C2C seals.  

A team of Arup’s leading sustainability advisors will support the roll out of the LEED for Cities and Communities certification, as well as the WELL Community Standard seal, a bold move that could see the Porta Nuova development become the first urban development in the world to secure both certifications. 

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We are proud of our longstanding relationship with COIMA and look forward to continue to support them in their commitment to sustainable urban development. Collaboration with all stakeholders will be essential to achieve this challenging double certification, turning their vision into reality. ”

Giammichele Melis Giammichele Melis Project Director

These two complementary certifications will analyse the social, environmental and economic aspects of the Porta Nuova development and will seek to engage local residents and the community to create this sustainable district – including the activation of public spaces and the creation of an innovative and replicable urban economic model.  

Bringing together specialists from Milan, Berlin and Madrid, Arup’s Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing experts will work with the local community through the design, data collection and reporting phases with the aim to obtaining the certifications in 2021. 

 “Our ability to reinvent urban spaces is essential for a city’s prosperity. With Porta Nuova, we aim to continue to operate an exemplary sustainable neighborhood. As the public space operator of Porta Nuova, we are the first project in the world to pursue a LEED and WELL for Community certifications. With Arup on our side, we are confident on taking this journey,” said COIMA’s Sustainability Officer Stefano Corbella. 

For further details

Please contact Francesca Galeazzi.