The ceremony for laying the first stone of the City of Sciences and the Environment of Grugliasco (Turin) took place last 8th July. This project aimed at creating facilities for teaching, research, business incubators, as well as public spaces, for an investment of approximately 160 million euros, one of the most important in the university construction field in Italy.
Proger is responsible for the design within the group entrusted with the works, led by Itinera s.p.a. and composed of Intesa Sanpaolo, financier of the project, Costruzioni Generali Gilardi S.p.A. of Turin, Euroimpianti S.p.A., Semana S.r.l. and Manens-Tifs.
The campus will extend over an area of over 228,600 square meters on which the teaching and research activities of the Departments of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Systems Biology will be transferred; these will join the existing ones of Agricultural Sciences, Food Forestry and Veterinary Sciences. The new building complex, for a total of about 90,000 square meters, will bring an increase in the university population in Grugliasco from the current 5,000 units up to over 10,000. Adjacent to the area occupied by the Campus, the University of Turin also has an area of approximately 50,000 square meters on which to develop a technological and research area, the Butterfly Area, for specific initiatives related to economic development in conjunction with companies on issues related to sustainability.
The project, which arises from the agreement between the University of Turin, the Piedmont Region, the Metropolitan City of Turin, the Chamber of Commerce, the Turin Polytechnic and the Municipality of Grugliasco, aims to bring together different departments in a single campus in order to develop greater synergy between researchers in highly interdisciplinary sectors, such as agrifood, green chemistry, renewable energy, advanced materials, smart products, bioeconomy and environmental sustainability.