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The Arena in Verona is one of the largest and best preserved amphitheatres of the Roman world...

Verona ARENA

… today, a venue for a variety of different events. The arena has an elliptical plan measuring about 152 x 123 m. Over time, the monument, consistently exposed over the centuries, has been used for various functions related to city life and as a source of building materials. The first work on the monument dates back to the Renaissance, when the cavea section was rebuilt. Restoration work continued throughout the 19th century, up until today. Verona Arena
Impanti edifici monumentali Arena di Verona

Today, the Arena di Verona hosts important operas and large shows, so it is necessary to be able to guarantee the safety of the occupants and visitors, an adequate supply of electricity, fire protection, as well as hygiene and healthiness within the structure.

For this reason, a major project to renovate and adapt the service facilities has been underway since 2019. From the outset, it required the participation of experienced professionals who are able to meet the binding requirements of a historical-monumental building.

Large engineering companies can design skyscrapers and hospitals, but appropriate skills and sensitivity are needed to be able to intervene on such a delicate work.

The project is complex because it requires knowing how to manage and interface with different realities and constraints:

– First of all, it is crucial to be able to understand and accommodate the needs of the Superintendency;

– It requires knowing how to work hand in hand with the archaeologists;

– It is required to be able to work quickly in order to meet the timeframe dictated by the next performance season.

All these mandatory constraints, although far removed from the scope of the facilities, are decisive and binding for the achievement of the set goals. Whoever is responsible for designing installations for monumental buildings must be able to manage them simultaneously, in order to preserve the monument’s very asset.

Planex was the ideal candidate to take on the challenges involved in the complete renovation of the installations because of its expertise and experience in managing the many complex aspects involved.

The plant design was harmonised with the process of carrying out the restoration work, taking into consideration that it is only possible to carry it out during a limited period of the year. The entire plant infrastructure was designed to support the most modern technologies necessary for the performance and management of the shows, avoiding the continuous annual laying of cables.

To date, the new electrical transformation and distribution cabin, with a power of 3,150 kVA located under the staircase of the adjacent Palazzo Barbieri, has been built, the new water and fire-fighting system has been completed, and the cable routes with the main technical rooms of the cabling and power supply systems have been set up, which will be completed in the following phases.

The limited space for transformers and switchboards and the high power required the systems design for this monumental building to be studied in detail.

Now the project continues with the installations inside the Arena.

Location: Piazza Bra, 1 – Verona
Description: Wikipedia https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arena_di_Verona
Intended use: Public shows
Work designed:
installations: electrical power, ventilation, fire protection, lighting, plumbing, sound system, phone and data network, automation and building management.

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