The new Bergamo station: rebuilding the city

Designing the future
  • Location
  • Country
  • Customer
    Italian Rail Network
  • Team
    Politecnica Ingegneria ed Architettura Soc. Coop.
    Coding S.r.l.
    SWS Engineering S.p.A.
  • Service
    Technical and economic feasibility project
  • Assignment
    Project Management
    Environment and landscape
    Hydrology and hydraulics
    Fire prevention
  • Project

A new railway station and a shopping mall, linked by a high-level square. For Bergamo, a HUB designed to facilitate the city's suburban connection together with the cohesion of the community in the area by reconnecting the urban and relational space with a large belvedere square.

The Project

The intervention is part of a vast urban redevelopment project, its Masterplan covering also the construction of some new local public transport buildings, Bus Terminal and Bergamo Electric Tramways, is still under development. 

Politecnica is involved in the construction of the new HUB in Bergamo, for which it is responsible for the Technical and Economic Feasibility Project (PFTE), the instrument designed to speed up the actions of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). 

The strategic aim is to maximise the services required by the area's growth prospects. In this perspective, the new Bergamo station complex will play a fundamental role in connecting the city's suburban areas and, at a local level, for the cohesion of Bergamo's community.

The current railway station is located in the lower town, at the end of the 19th-century avenue that also houses the Piacentiniano centre. 

The new layout envisages the construction of two new buildings to bridge the railway line: one to serve as a new station with annexed services and sized to meet the new settlement needs, the other building, to the west, becomes a shopping mall. 

The two volumes, built as two bridges over the railway, are connected to each other and to the future Masterplan by a high square, providing a link between the part of the city south of the railway and Marconi Square, eliminating the physical break created by the railway infrastructure. The elevated square connecting the two volumes is conceived as a space for relations and a new belvedere over the territory and the upper city of Bergamo.

Politecnica proposed the use of a mixed steel-concrete structure with the station floor deck suspended from the first level floor slab. Both buildings feature a system of steel and photovoltaic glass canopies.


Contribution to the SDGs goals

  • The design respects the main international environmental protocols, LEED and ENVISION. We have studied the actual applicability of the protocols on station buildings. The client intends to carry out in-depth studies in the subsequent design phases.

  • By its nature, the railway infrastructure is a large-scale territorial connection element, which becomes a clear break at local level and a "physical limit" for the city. By placing all the functions at a higher level than the railway line, the new HUB overcomes this limit by becoming a hinge and urban connection element. It thus provides continuity in urban flows and connections: the new facilities will be centred on a new elevated square.
    The project takes into account the whole intermodal system connected to a station building and reflects all the standards of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana.