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Tecnopolo and Parco Innovazione - former Officine Reggiane

Parco Innovazione has been created after the urban redevelopment of Officine Reggiane area. It is a new European scientific-technological and humanistic hub dedicated to businesses and research.

Address and contacts

Piazzale Europa, 1 - 42124 Reggio nell'Emilia

How to get there

Tecnopolo is located in the north-east area of the town centre of Reggio Emilia, beside of the Train and Bus Station of Piazzale Europa.

  • For reservations of guided tours of Tecnopolo (Hangar 19) and Hangar 18 of Parco Innovazione, e-mail to both addresses: info@parcoinnovazione.it / info@reinnova.it.
  • For information about Tecnopolo: phone 0039 0522 268200.
  • In order to book Tecnopolo's Congress Hall: e-mail to info@reinnova.it, phone 0039 0522 268200 or fill in the online form: format online.

Websites: Parco InnovazioneTecnopoloREI - Reggio Emilia Innovazione.

 

Parco Innovazione

Parco Innovazione is located in the northern area of Reggio Emilia, in the old headquarters of Officine Meccaniche Reggiane. Its distance from "Reggio Emilia Av Mediopadana" Railway Station and A1 Motorway is about km 1.5, and it is located next to Reggio Emilia Railway Station and the Airport.

In Parco Innovazione area are located:

  • Tecnopolo for industrial and technological research, in Hangar 19 of Officine Reggiane.
  • Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, workshop of “Reggio Emilia Approach” for pre-schools.

The redevelopment project focuses on three key subjects:

  • redevelopment of Piazzale Europa;
  • re-opening of the historical stretch of Viale Ramazzini;
  • architectural and functional redevelopment of Hangars 17 and 18 as headquarters of businesses, research workshops and startup companies.

 

 

 

Historical notes

A centre for mechatronic, construction, agricultural, energy and environmental research, Tecnopolo was built to create and spread knowledge, attract high-tech industries and act as a startup incubator. It is hosted in Hangar 19 (3,500 square metres) of the historical Reggio Emilia Factories.
Officine Meccaniche Reggiane, built in an area of Santa Croce district in 1904, is one of the major excellences of Reggio Emilia.
The production first focused on railroad equipment and then expanded to include other types of industrial installations (ovens, pasta factories and others) and was converted for military use during the Great War. In the mid-Thirties the large “Avio” department was founded, it produced military aircraft like the Re 2001 and eventually employed over 11,000 workers. Because of this activity, the plant was bombed by the Allies in January 1944, with numerous civilian casualties.
The Workshops’ post-war history was characterized by a tense social struggle between owners and workers, with the latter occupying the plant 368 days between 1949 and 1951; in the end, these were unable to avoid mass firing. This marked the end of the golden age of the Workshops that, nonetheless, continued to produce railway and industrial engineering materials until the end of production in 2008.