More sustainability for the former railway station at porta romana

Designing the future
  • Location
  • Country
  • Customer
    Italian Railway Network
  • Team
    Politecnica Ingegneria ed Architettura Soc. Coop.
    Coding S.r.l.
    SWS Engineering S.p.A.
  • Service
    Envision® Protocol application
  • Assignment
  • Project
    2020 - 2021

Adding value to the regeneration of the former Porta Romana railway station through the Envision® protocol, the rating system for infrastructures that meet environmental, social and economic sustainability criteria. Achieving Platinum level, with the guidance of Politecnica.


The Project

In the 19th century, with the construction of the Porta Romana rail freight terminal and the building of steelworks and factories, the surrounding area was turned into an important industrial district and centre for workers' gatherings. 

Today, after the deindustrialisation process of the 1980s and 1990s, the station needs to be defunctionalized and reorganised to make it an intermodal hub for sustainable mobility, an exchange stop for trains, trams, bicycles, etc., creating cycle and pedestrian paths to reconnect the urban fabric currently divided by the railway, as well as links with the Lodi M3 stop and the Fondazione Prada service and cultural centre. 

Politecnica - in Temporary Grouping with Coding srl - has been entrusted with leading the application of the Envision® protocol, the rating system dedicated to the design and construction of sustainable infrastructures. 

For RFI, building the infrastructure in accordance with environmental, social and economic sustainability criteria is one of the project's strategic cornerstones: to obtain the highest Envision score, the project was enhanced from several points of view: intelligent lighting (regulation of light intensity in addition to manual and automatic switching), reuse of rainwater, water and energy systems monitoring, bicycle stations and strategies to reduce impacts on construction site. 

To date Envision® Platinum, the highest level, has been achieved, thus identifying new actions to further implement the level of sustainability.

The station redevelopment project includes the restoration of the Passenger Building with seismic upgrading, an increase in functional facilities, a focus on inclusive design, the creation of a new square, renovation of the platforms, new station shelters, renovation of the stairs and construction of a subway and lifts.

Contribution to the SDGs goals

  • Energy savings and reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants were achieved through the use of efficient and environmentally friendly machinery, hybrid machinery and LED projectors.
    In addition, the framework contract between RFI and the energy supplier (Edison) provides for the supply of 100% energy from renewable sources.

  • The project includes interchanges between rail transport, metro transport and existing or new cycle and pedestrian paths, as well as a subway linking the neighbourhoods on either side of the railway. Soft mobility is encouraged by equipping the new routes with seating and inserting new bicycle racks. Every day, passengers have about 4,800 bicycle parking spaces on Trenitalia trains and can transport folding bikes, scooters, hoverboards and monowheels free of charge on all Trenitalia regional trains.

  • The project is collaborative and takes into account the needs and expectations of the community that emerged during the meetings with citizens coordinated by Milan Polytechnic. Specifically, the Municipality of Milan has been actively involved in all the project phases, through various technical meetings and continuous discussions during the design stages, since the project covers railway and municipal areas, thus combining both railway and urban needs.