ECO-TECHNOLOGY VILLAGE, €300M INVESTMENT
CO2 EMISSIONS HALVED
400M2 OF SOLAR ENERGY GARDEN
FORMIGONI: WE WANT TO SEE A SUSTAINABLE LOMBARDY, LINKED TO THE MOST INNOVATIVE REGIONS, CAPABLE OF INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
BERTOLUZZO: INVESTMENT FOR OUR PEOPLE, THE COMMUNITY AND THE COMPANY
The rendering for the new Vodafone Village was today presented to the President of the Lombardy Region, Roberto Formigoni, by Vodafone Italia's CEO, Paolo Bertoluzzo.
The Vodafone Village is the eco-technology complex of approximately 67,000m2 that will house the 3,000 staff that work in Vodafone Italia's Milan offices.
The complex will be a new example of how to regenerate an abandoned industrial site and create new places of work, designed and built in order to offer the utmost in efficiency and the flexible use of spaces, providing high standards of comfort and high-quality working environments, and using sustainable technology and materials.
Approximately €300m will be invested in the new facility, to be built by Real Estate Center Srl. The new facility, which will bring together under one roof the 15 sites currently used by Vodafone in the Milan area, is located in the Lorenteggio-Corsico district, close to Vodafone Italia's existing sites. It will include three towers that will house office space and a fourth building providing common areas.
In response to the challenge laid down by the Region's President, Roberto Formigoni, the complex will provide the utmost in eco-sustainability. During design and construction of the buildings, great attention will be paid to ensuring the most efficient consumption of water and energy resources, reducing atmospheric emissions and maximising the use of eco-friendly materials.
Vodafone Italia's new Milan site will more than halve the total volume of CO2 produced.
"Vodafone Italia's commitment to the country's economy," commented the company's CEO, Paolo Bertoluzzo "also takes the form of investments such as this, which create value for the local community and the company. The Vodafone Village is being built for our people, for our customers who will visit the complex and with particular attention to respecting the environment. This is one of the largest private investments in office construction in Milan and anywhere in Lombardy," added Bertoluzzo. "However, it is also an example of eco-friendly architecture, offering high standards of comfort for staff in their daily working lives. The Vodafone Village forms part of a wider upgrading programme for many of our offices around the country and," concluded Bertoluzzo, "marks Vodafone's largest real estate investment in the world".
The Vodafone Village will be equipped with a "solar energy garden" where, by integrating solar panels into the fabric of the buildings, solar power will be used to produce back-up electricity. 27,000m2 of glass walls will provide the offices with natural light and make the building highly energy efficient, enabling the company to limit its energy consumption for air conditioning during the summer. Finally, the use of opaque surfaces made from photocatalytic cement will enable it to cut organic and inorganic air pollution.
Approximately 200 people are at work on the site, with safety management provided in collaboration with the Milan Health Authority (district 5).
The Vodafone Village, which was launched in June 2008, will be completed in December 2011. The complex has been designed by the architects, R.Gantes and R.Morisi, whilst Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects are responsible for the interior design.