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Sensitivity key to development of Milan’s Porta Romana

Porta Romana, one of the most important regeneration sites in central Milan, moved a step closer to realisation with the appointment of a masterplan team earlier this month.

Manfredi Catella, founder and CEO of Italian property giant Coima, which is behind the project, outlined the scheme’s key features and the thinking behind the masterplanning team’s selection.

The scheme has impact investing at its heart. “It’s a very sensitive project because it also hosts the Olympic village which will be designed and developed for athletes coming to milan in 2026 for the Winter Olympics,” he said.

The winning team of architects was selected from six finalists, Catella explained in conversation with Real Asset Insight’s Richard Betts. He said that the multi-faceted team addresses the key aspects of the project. “The quality of the team was number one in terms of the distinguishing factors in the award.”

He said that the second most important factor is the masterplan concept of reconnecting the north and south parts of this site which is currently divided by railway tracks.

Click on the video above to watch the full interview or listen to the podcast below.