Sustainable infrastructure: Fiumicino’s Hubtown, an example of innovation

From airport city to development centre, from daily life to business

Let's take a look at the numbers: 7 buildings for 91,000 square metres; 65,000 square metres of offices and co-working; 40,000 square metres of open spaces; a 24/7 guaranteed operativity; cutting-edge digital infrastructure and advanced domotic solutions.

Hubtown is all of these things: an innovative business center that will be located near the Leonardo da Vinci Airport Terminal. Fiumicino's Business City will have extremely high airport security standards. It was, in fact, designed with the most advanced environmental sustainability international parameters in mind, like the LEED protocol (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The Business Center will use renewable energy sources and rainwater reuse systems, with the aim of reaching the objective of recycling at least 85% of produced waste. Sustainability and connection to mobility networks are the project's two strongholds that. Besides the areas destined to business purposes, there will also be areas destined to entertainment and culture, a nursery, diagnostic centers and wellness centers too. All of this will also be supported by an integrated and intermodal transport network.

Fiumicino Business Center: A Sustainable Project

The Airport City concept is where the Hubtown idea came from: i.e. a unique airport city in Italy, which aims at becoming an international hub capable of attracting companies and professionals. The initiative was promoted by the ADR Roma - which will offer innovative services and spaces to companies, incubators and start-ups, to better manage their business. An evermore evolving infrastructure network capable of sustaining air-traffic growth.

An innovative, sustainable and human scaled city integrated in Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport: A place where life and business meet.  Its buildings will be smart, with cutting-edge architecture, in terms of materials and form. Its offices aspire to smart-working and co-working principles and will be built to ease corporate networking. All of this is possible thanks to working environments that are perfect for creative collaboration and innovation.

Fiumicino's Hubtown is a project whose main aim is to build sustainable infrastructure. In fact, brownfields were used for its construction: i.e. pre-existing industrial areas, with no extra building areas needed. All of this, to back its saving and regeneration mission, with the promotion of training paths, to share the sustainable strategies adopted.  The Business City, moreover, will develop in a context that sustains slow mobility, guaranteeing that pedestrian and bicycles can reach the district, with green areas and ad hoc routes.

Designing sustainable, safe infrastructure, able to support the economic development and quality of the lives of people, is becoming a best practice.
Goal no. 9 of the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030, merges together three interconnected aspects: infrastructure, industrialization and innovation. Modern and efficient infrastructure is sustainable, reliable and safe, and able to support industrial and economic growth. Developing sustainable and resilient infrastructure, while strengthening R&D activities to introduce new technology in every industrial sector, are important points that Italy still has to work on. A project like Hubtown belongs to the aforementioned context.

The Start of Works and the Potential behind the project

The foreseen investment to build the project should be equal to approximately €190 million. The development plan - which includes various phases - will allow the Leonardo da Vinci airport to reach standards similar to other European airports, like Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Zurich, where airport-cities have transformed into development hubs, also for other scopes.

The first phase will construct four buildings, for commercial activities, congresses and offices.

Works will take off at the beginning of 2020. The first buildings will be seen between the end of 2021 and the start of 2022. The entire project should be completed by 2023. At that time, 10 million people will realistically transit through Hubtown.

The Business Center of Fiumicino's Airport will allow the Italian Capital's competitive level to rise, with regard to MICE activities (meeting, incentives, Congress, events), an evergrowing sector. And all of this, thanks to a congress center capable of hosting up to a thousand people. The district's attention to the technology sector, will also be strengthened by its "Innovation Hub", dedicated to the incubation and accelerated growth of start-ups.

Hubtown, will in any case confirm the excellent standards that Rome's FCO Fiumicino Airport already offers. In fact, the airport has been awarded - for the second year in a row - the "Airport Service Quality Award", being a leading European airport that excels for the quality of the services offered to its passengers, for its technology and for how its infrastructure functions.
The Leonardo da Vinci ranked first in the official "Airport Council International" ranking, the institutional body that monitors passenger feedback in the world's main airports.

Another certainly interesting aspect is represented by the possibility, thanks to this new project, of increasing employment levels. In fact, when the center will fully operate, more than 5,000 people will work there, with an indirect additional employment possibly exceeding 23,000 employees.