A new step forward for the construction of scientific-technological park of Sant’Anna School in San Giuliano Terme which will host research, teaching, and technology transfer activities in the field of experimental sciences (engineering, medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology). The public phase of the tender for the selection of the private partner of the public-private partnership coordinated by I.CO.P. S.p.A. has been successfully completed. Work is scheduled to start in the next few months and will involve the construction of a complex of four buildings (out of the total of seven planned in the master plan) in a total of 24 months.
The progress of the procedures and the next steps
In 2009, the Scuola Sant'Anna purchased a plot of land measuring approximately 43,000 square metres, With an agreement still in force, the Scuola Sant'Anna and the Municipality of San Giuliano Terme agreed on the modalities for the implementation of the interventions, with the preparation of a project-guide (masterplan) for the entire settlement.
A Temporary Grouping of Companies coordinated by I.CO.P. S.p.A. Società Benefit in September 2022 showed interest in the School to activate a collaboration for the realisation of 4 buildings out of the 7 foreseen by the master plan in partnership, and formalised the proposal last January 2023 for the concession of the design, realisation and management for 20 years of the complex formed by four buildings.
In March, the public phase of the tender was called, which was successfully completed on 20 July 2023. With the completion of the administrative formalities required by law, the awarding of the contract to the Temporary Grouping of Companies proposing the project, which was the only participant in the tender, will be arranged shortly.
The first stage of the concession will be the preparation of the executive project, based on the final project that was submitted during the tender.
Once all regulatory approvals have been acquired, work can begin on the construction of the four buildings (out of the total of seven envisaged in the master plan).
The projections drawn up with the PPP proposal envisage the start of work at the beginning of 2024 and the commissioning of the new Park in the first half of 2026.
With the project, at the request of and in agreement with the Municipality of San Giuliano, a cycle path outside the Park will also be built to promote soft mobility for access to all services in the area.
A New Research Centre for Experimental Sciences
The scientific-technological park of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies is a major project which will bring together in a single area the research activities of the School that today are distributed throughout the territory. The new pole will be located in the municipality of San Giuliano Terme, not far from the centre of Pisa, in an area where are now concentrated buildings for university and research activities, such as the Chemistry Department of the University of Pisa, a university residence of the Azienda del Diritto allo Studio and the large complex of the CNR Pisa Area. The entire complex extends over an area of more than 40,000 square metres and consists of four buildings to be equipped for laboratories, teaching and study spaces, teachers’ and researchers’ offices, common areas, exhibition spaces and classrooms for events or symposiums. From an architectural and urban planning point of view, the project is particularly innovative due to the attention paid to environmental impact, the use of renewable materials and energy, the availability of parking areas and large green areas with hanging gardens and experimental greenhouses. Sant’Anna Science Park is conceived as a point of aggregation and services like the most prestigious international realities, as a place where Sant’Anna will be able to further enhance its role of a centre of excellence for teaching and research.
Thanks to large spaces dedicated to shared work, the scientific activities will be able to coexist and contaminate each other, and laboratories for prototypes and technology transfer will find their rightful place giving the path to spin-offs or incubators for new companies originating from young researchers and the collaboration with private companies in high-tech sectors
"This is a very important milestone for the Scuola Sant'Anna, which will thus be able to significantly expand its spaces for experimental research," says the Rector of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Sabina Nuti.
"We are proud to host a new research space," says the mayor of San Giuliano Terme Sergio Di Maio. "I thank Rector Nuti for having believed in our municipality, which will be enriched by the presence of an institution of international prestige such as the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna"