Philip Morris
Manufacturing & Technology

Place Crespellano
Country Italy
Client HENN Architekten; Intertaba S.p.A. (Philip Morris International - PMI affiliates)
Team Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura; HENN Architekten
Assignment Preliminary, definitive and detailed design phases for architecture, structures, MEP, health and safety coordination in the design and construction phases, site supervision
Dates of services 2013 - 2014
Dates of construction 2014 - ongoing
Project area 311.000 m2
Building footprint 80.000 m2

The Project

Politecnica developed the whole design and construction of the new manufacturing plant of Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna, in Crespellano, a project that started in 2013 and is currently under completion, covering an area of about 311,000 square meters.

Given the international character of the project and in order to meet the relevant clients’ (HENN and PMI) expectations, Politecnica has fielded one dedicated team of experts from all specialist disciplines – urban planning, environment, architecture, structures, industrial construction, mechanical and electrical plant engineering, infrastructures – in the project and the Works Management, supporting the clients and assisting them for each need in full service, from the delicate and peculiar conception process (by the architectural firm HENN), approval, planning, and selection of constructors for the different contracts, to the implementation and beginning of the plant production.

Politecnica handled the relationships with the territory, the Bodies involved, with the providers of networks and infrastructures for utilities and connections to the plant, coordinated the relationships with the Archeological Superintendence during excavations performed following the discovery of a pre-Roman village, and with the Fire Brigade: the plant has been recognized as Industrial Area Ecologically Equipped (APEA) and represents a “best practice” for the Safety Conduction and Coordination during Execution. First, there was an area of more than 80,000 square meters destined for logistics, productions, quality control and administration.

The Entrance Building of the plant welcomes all operators in a very energy-efficient envelope (built in Energy Class A) facing the hills of Bologna. Inside, there are offices, a conference center, a kitchen with free flow restaurant, a gym and modern changing rooms for all employees. For this building only, 600 drawing plans were prepared, out of the 4,000 totally produced.

Sure, the PMI plant of Crespellano is a landmark and best practice case at international level, especially as for quality and implementation time: it only took 33 months from the shared conception (client’s approval of the design solution proposed) to the completion of the works and the beginning of the production.