Nuovo Belfiore Firenze, Florence

Restoration of a listed building to be turned into a museum.

Nuovo Belfiore is an integral part of the ongoing construction of the new high speed railway station in Florence. The project entails the creation of new commercial facilities and offices on the existing railway site together with three levels of underground parking for the nearby station.

The design addressed a series of complex issues in a constrained site such as the nearby railway line, the construction of a tramway running the whole length of the site or the construction site for the nearby high speed station.

Crossing a listed museum

The project also includes the restoration of a listed 1930s building to be converted into a museum.

The challenge was the need for the tramway to cross the building at the ground level, exiting on the front façade.

Arup provided all engineering design including structural, MEP, façade, fire and construction planning as well as design management. 

The project is currently awaiting approval by the local authorities prior to be being issued for tender.