Thanks to joint work by the City of Turin, Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and Reale Foundation, the people of Turin now have community spaces that improve environmental quality.
The traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to open the new tree-lined Corso Siccardi and renovated Piazza Arbarello, returned to citizens by the Piedmontese capital with a completely new look, following the redevelopment work planned by the city of Turin and carried out with a contribution from Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and Reale Foundation.Following the significant property investments made in the surrounding area in recent years – including the new headquarters of Collegio Carlo Alberto – the two Turinese foundations provided all the funds required to carry out the work, with a disbursement of over one million euros intended to restore the original dimension of Piazza Arbarello as a place to meet and socialise.In fact a pedestrian area equipped with benches and street furniture has been created in the shade of the large linden tree in the centre of the square. Part of the area on the north front will instead be reserved for hospitality businesses to create outside seating areas as additional meeting spaces.The tree-lined Corso Siccardi has also now been turned into a pedestrian and cycle path connecting Piazza Arbarello and Via Barbaroux with Corso Galileo Ferraris.The avenue has thus become one of the gateways for cyclists and pedestrians to the western area of the historic centre, completing the route, partly completed previously, on the Corso Galileo Ferraris axis.The restyling also included major improvements to accessibility involving adaptation of the traffic light system on Via Bertola to ensure easier use of the avenue by cyclists and pedestrians. Also particularly important is that all the existing architectural barriers have been removed along all the routes through the area.“Today we are inaugurating a renewed Piazza Arbarello, which we are particularly pleased about – said Alberto Anfossi, Secretary General of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo. We see the city as a meeting place and the re-purposing of public areas, where the Municipality has identified opportunities and priorities, is an essential tool for promoting local integration and revitalising the area. There are many potential proximity synergies, particularly arising from the use of this public space by cultural and training institutions which virtually form their own “district” here: starting with the Collegio Carlo Alberto on the opposite side, the current home of the Central Public Library, the State Archive on Via Piave, the Polo del ‘900 and Collegio degli Artigianelli. This collaboration between the public and private sectors achieves part of that vision of the city as a community for the achievement of which FCSP is always ready to work with the Municipality, local authorities and citizens”.
To read the full press release and find further details of all the work carried out in the areas included in the renovation project, read the full press release here.