“multidisciplinary projects for the modernisation of RFI railway stations”

RFI framework contract for the upgrading of the Alessandria, Acqui Terme, Cecina, Lucca and Collecchio stations


Piedmont and Tuscany regions


2020 – 2021

Amount of Works

3,12 M€


Rete Ferroviaria Italiana SpA

Services provided

Preliminary, final and detailed design


NET Engineering holds a Framework contract with “Rete Ferroviaria Italiana” (Italian Railway Network) for the design of architectural, structural and plant engineering modernisation works for stations in the Piedmont area. The projects developed within this Framework Agreement concern the 5 stations of Acqui Terme (which will be presented in detail below), Cecina, Collecchio, Lucca and Alessandria.

The design process involved an initial concept phase, in which proposals were developed and shared with the client; once discussed and perfected, these proposals were then examined in detail in the feasibility phase. As a result of this design phase, one of the final proposals of the Concept was selected and from this the Final Project was developed, investigating in more detail the possibility of realising the chosen proposal from all technical and technological points of view.

The Final Project was then subjected to analysis and approval by the bodies concerned, based on the urban planning study carried out (Superintendency, Municipalities for urban conformity, for landscape constraints) for each specific case.

Following the delivery of the Final Project, we finally proceeded with the Detailed Project, in which the client’s new requests were accepted (based on the post-delivery observations of the final project) and those of the authorities involved, in the event of prescriptions (Cecina and Acqui Terme).

These interventions were multidisciplinary projects, with numerous disciplines involved:


    Particularly in the initial concept and feasibility phases, these studies made it possible to know what the transport needs were in the area of intervention and to identify the development plans for the area.  The project conceive stations as “mobility hubs” and foresees the complete reorganisation of the station node according to an integrated approach in relation to
    – allocation of the various mobility services
    – allocation of the spaces inside the passenger building, according to a distribution logic that facilitates the recognisability of access to the tracks and enhances the commercial areas;
    – coherent definition of distribution elements, routes, walkways, subways, which facilitate accessibility and are sized to meet the needs of demand and the “events” of train arrivals and departures according to the station operating model.
    To this end, a digital station platform has been implemented in order to geolocate and characterise all the geometric, infrastructural and functional elements found in the node and aimed at supporting the project choices and the related expected impacts.
    The architectural projects covered both the design of outdoor and indoor spaces and the design of railway platforms and pedestrian subways;
    The disciplines accompanied the architectural projects especially from the final design phase onwards, developing and modifying the design choices in a coordinated manner with the architectural ones;
    The discipline entered the project development phase specifically from the final design phase to support the architectural and functional choices of the spaces;
    Discipline entered the project development phase, specifically the final design phase;
    This phase was constantly coordinated with the other disciplines, so that the economic part was also in step with the rest, providing a basis for the choices made in terms of the sustainability of the implementation.
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