The building site closes, FICO opens!
There was great expectation and the last weeks of work were intense, but Fico Eatalyworld finally opened its doors on 15 November. The largest Italian agri-food theme park in the world, built by CMB for Prelios SGR, was opened in Bologna with a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, and started to pulsate with life.
With an overall surface area of 100 thousand sq.m., of which 80 thousand are covered, FICO is arranged into thematic farms, with experimental fields of crops and grazing areas for farming animals. In the interior spaces there are visible laboratories, separate from the public by windows, six didactic areas and more besides, all representative of the variety and excellence of the Italian wine-food culture. Linking the various areas are both footpaths and cycle paths inside the building.
The reconversion of the nucleus of the general facilities of the Conference Centre began in January 2017: 4 thousand sq.m. connected to FICO via a foyer made of continuous glass and set up to welcome the visitors to the park and guide them towards the new auditorium, able to house from 50 to a thousand people, thanks to moveable walls that make it possible to divide the area into three halls.
The project’s attention towards sustainability is seen in the photovoltaic system covering the structures, today the most extensive in Europe. In addition, the entire management of the building site has been characterized by the eco-sustainable impact aspect: there has been no cementation, but rather, green areas have been created. CMB has introduced a new conception, which looks at the overall sustainability of the building site system, from worker safety to the impact on the surrounding environment.
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