Customer: Ericsson, a Swedish company that supplies communications technologies and services. Founded in 1876 as a shop for the repair of telegraph equipment by Lars Magnus Ericsson. Ericsson provides ICT (Information & Communications Technology) infrastructure, software and services to operators active in telecommunications, the public administration and other industries. Ericsson has operated in Italy since 1918. The headquarters of the Ericsson Group in Italy are located in Rome.
Opportunity: The Erzelli project was a priority for both Ericsson and SITE. The objective of creating one of Europe’s first scientific and technological villages drew the attention of Ericsson’s top management to the performance of SITE. SITE in fact tackled and overcame considerable difficulties. Tight timing, the engineering design of complex installations and the considerable technical changes made as work progressed turned the Erzelli project into a veritable challenge for SITE.
The projectEricsson’s R&D laboratories were transferred to the Erzelli hills in Genoa. One of Europe’s first scientific and technological villages has been developed there, due to the presence of the University of Genoa’s Faculty of Engineering and other major operators. This initiative reconfirms Genoa as a hub of technological excellence for broadband research at national and international level. This new establishment, built using extremely modern, flexible and efficient criteria, has greatly enhanced Genoa as a research centre, in terms of both activities and resources.
SITE was responsible for the engineering, electrical and special works on Ericsson Telecomunicazioni’s new Management Centre for Southern Europe.
This ten-storey building (about 20,000 sq.m.), together with another 15-floor tower for other companies, comprises the first unit of Italy’s largest Science and Technology Park.
Overall, the project seeks to establish Italy’s only Technology Village in the Erzelli hills of Genoa. A location dedicated entirely to research and innovation that is strategically placed for transportation and communications: close to the motorway exit and just 800 metres from Genoa’s “C. Colombo” International Airport, with perfect links to the city centre, the railway station and the ferry terminal.
The Master Plan envisages that 70% of the space will be dedicated to advanced technology and training, with the establishment of about 200 firms, 15,000 new users, including 5,000 students, and the creation of at least 6,000 new jobs for highly qualified personnel. The Park will host the Faculty of Engineering, production facilities, offices, laboratories, research centres for corporations and institutions operating in advanced technology, as well as accommodation and facilities for researchers, students and citizens, a new residential area, services and cultural and sporting activities.
Advantages: Faced with the desires of Ericsson and the challenges of the project, SITE demonstrated that it is well prepared and organised, supplying all the skills, reaction times and professionalism required to bring an “Objective” home. SITE delivered the project within the time scales envisaged by management, creating one of Europe’s first science and technology villages to be built using the most modern, flexible and efficient criteria.