Ex Chimica Arenella

Palermo, Italy

Submit a project Deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest: Thursday 11 July 2024, 18:00 CET

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Deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest: Thursday 11 July 2024, 18:00 CET

01. Team Name

02. Team Composition

03. Team contact

04. Files (.zip format only)

Your Expression of Interest file must contain the three following components:

1) Description of the bidding team and its organisation
Please note that a dedicated Bidding Team Form is available in the site's dataroom.

2) Presentation of the project and development concept for the site
This includes the project description (roughly 10 pages in A4/US Letter format) AND an illustration board (one page in A3/Tabloid format) The project description will include the outlines of the project and of the solutions proposed to address the 10 challenges identified.

3) Presentation of the intended legal and financial set-up
This memo (maximum of one page in A4/US Letter format) will include the legal-financial framework proposed by the bidding team. Note that at this stage, the legal-financial aspect is only a statement of intentions. The definitive commitments of the team will appear in the final proposal.

These documents must be written in English and/or in the language indicated in the SSR, and each of them will be dated and signed by the lead representative of the bidding team.
The documents must be grouped in a single compressed document (.zip) that must not exceed 200 Mo/Mb.

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The proposed transformation concerns the area of the former Arenella Chemica site, located in the Arenella - Vergine Maria district of the Municipality of Palermo at Via Monsignor F. Pottino.

The area comprises two distinct areas, the sea-side compartment ('A') and the upstream compartment ('B'). The former Arenella chemical plant, now disused and almost totally abandoned, represents a unique and significant example in Palermo of historical industrial architecture in need of regeneration. The area boasts an exclusive vista overlooking one of the clearest stretches of the Sicilian sea, direct access to the sandy beach, and close proximity to the Arenella district marina. It extends alongside ancient aristocratic villas and is embedded in the cultural corridor of the historic seaside villages of the Palermo coastline. Additionally, it offers a scenic connection to Monte Pellegrino, whose slopes host the adjacent mountain-side area. The site inherently presents itself as a captivating setting with vast potential, serving as a nexus for visual and physical connections between the sea, the city, and the mountain, through reconfiguration.

Expected Land Use:

The aim of the redevelopment should entail an urban regeneration process with a low environmental impact, while also fostering social and cultural value. This objective can be achieved through partial restoration and partial replacement of the existing urban building fabric. Due to its characteristics, context, and potential connections, the site lends itself to hosting various functions, such as tourist accommodation facilities, sports and leisure facilities, cultural activities, craft activities and any other function compatible with the value of the area, and in line with the design principles and sustainability criteria outlined in the proposal.

Type of Property transfer intended:

Sale/concession of surface right/concession of development or ordinary/other.


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Plot Area:

The extension of the intervention area (Territorial Area) is approximately 87,500 square metres, of which about 62,500.00 square metres in the "A" section and about 25,000.00 square metres in the "B" section. The buildings present have a volume of approximately 261,000 cubic metres.

Site Ownership:

Municipality of Palermo

Deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest:
Thursday 11 July 2024, 18:00 CET


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Via Monsignor F. Pottino n. 3
Palermo Italy