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Masterplanner wanted for £1.7bn Milan Expo site regeneration

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An international search has been launched for a team to remasterplan the 100ha Expo 2015 site in Milan, northern Italy

Backed by site owner Arexpo, the restricted tender will select a masterplanner to reinvent the 3km-long city fringe site, which closed to the public 15 months ago.

The £1.7 billion project will transform the plot, 15km north-west of Milan, into a research park and university campus dubbed the ‘Human Technopole’.

According to a project description: ‘The selected partner will develop the masterplan for the project, the purpose of which is to foster science, research and innovation.

‘The project will be based on the development of a “Human Technopole” and a partnership with the University of Milan to develop a research and development centre and an innovative university campus serving approximately 18,000 students and researchers in the sciences.’

Milan Expo 2015 focused on the theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. The project transformed a post-industrial site next to the Massimiliano Fuksas-designed Fiera Milano fairgrounds and the Rho-Pero high-speed rail station into a venue for more than 140 national pavilions.

Key structures included Foster + Partners United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) pavilion, which featured a canyon-like entrance made from two 12m-high walls, and Wolfgang Buttress and BDP’s UK pavilion, which won best in show and is now located at Kew Gardens.

The Expo site, which was troubled by violent protests ahead of its opening, featured a central tented circulation route (pictured), scores of pavilions, an amphitheatre, several green houses and a canal surrounding its perimeter.

The latest phased project will enhance the site’s surviving buildings and infrastructure.

The winning team will deliver technical, economic and financial advisory services for the development’s concept and design. An additional team may also be appointed for a later phase to deliver and manage a concession space for the next 50 years.

Earlier this month, Arexpo presented the scheme during an event hosted by the Italian ambassador Pasquale Terracciano in his London residence. As part of the event Arexpo board members met with representatives of the London Legacy Development Corporation to discuss the ongoing regeneration of the 2012 Olympic Park.

The deadline for applications is 28 February.

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