Our urban regeneration vision for a 11-hectare disused industrial site in the city of Pavia, south of Milan, has won an invite-only private competition, launched by private developer PV01.RE Srl, with a design for a sustainable mixed-use development favouring active transport modes and green infrastructure.
Arup’s masterplan, named Supernova, pays homage to the area’s industrial past as a key manufacturing hub for Italy’s famed sewing machine, the Necchi. Celebrating both its industrial heritage and agricultural surrounds, our architects, planners and sustainability consultants have designed a pedestrian and bike friendly mixed-use urban regeneration proposal that includes smart living accommodation and student housing as well as retail, office and a new hotel facility.
Located to the north of the city, the former Necchi area is demarcated by the existing Milan-Genova railway line to the west and the Naviglio Pavese canal to the east. Mobility and integration are two key design drivers for this new vision, which seeks to seamlessly stitch the area back into the city and bring it closer than ever to Milan. Pavia’s Supernova redevelopment will be serviced by a new Pavia Nord station on the SS13 line, connecting to Milano Rogoredo in 19 minutes.
Opening onto a large new square, arriving passengers will easily transit from the station to the rest of the site by means of an ample, well-lit pedestrian and cycling underpass under the rail tracks. Beyond strong connections with Pavia’s historic city centre, Supernova will also be integrated with surrounding areas including San Matteo hospital and Cittá Giardino.
The strategic urban regeneration looks to preserve iconic buildings, including the entrance building to the former Necchi Factory and the industrial chimney as memories of the area’s prestigious industrial past.