Major redevelopment of Naples’ historic centre
A huge, multi-faceted scheme to regenerate the historic centre of Naples aims to increase public access and provide the city with even more cultural attractions for tourists and locals alike. Ancient buildings in the area – which is a UNESCO world heritage site – are being preserved but also opened-up for new activities.
All aspects of this project, which covers an area of 230 000 m2, form part of a comprehensive urban strategy that seeks to preserve this important UNESCO site. The programme of works is broadly divided into four parts:
- The restoration and re-use of ancient buildings and monuments for social and cultural purposes. This will provide greater public access to architectural heritage which has been abandoned or underused.
- Completion and use of archaeological sites.
- Regeneration of the area’s roads and reservoirs.
- Enhancement of the urban environment, including public spaces.
This large-scale redevelopment takes in a huge variety of different work including the renovation of churches and chapels, establishing a museum and art gallery, and the creation of auditoriums and spaces for youth and educational activities.
The former Hospital for Incurable Diseases is transformed into a museum for health and the history of medicine. Meanwhile, archaeological excavation and restoration work brings the ancient Neapolitan Theatre back to its former glory. Outside areas are not neglected by the scheme as 26 squares receive a make-over and road quality is improved. In addition, green spaces are being created for recreational and social activities.
Much of the work introduces or upgrades key facilities. Investment has therefore been set aside to revamp important infrastructure such as the sewerage system, drinking water supply, electricity grid and gas network. New lighting and street furniture is also provided.
A video surveillance system is being installed, complete with CCTV cameras. Plus, information and awareness-raising activities have been planned to encourage the separation and collection of waste. The development of parking areas and safe walking and cycling routes are integral to the project, which seeks to attract more visitors. A bike-share scheme is also being introduced.
The project is expected to create 330 jobs during its implementation.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Naples’ Historic Centre, Enhancement of UNESCO site” is EUR 100 000 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 75 000 000 from the Operational Programme “Campania” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Urban Development and Quality of Life”.