Florence High Speed Station

  • Arup’s largest and most complex transport building project in Italy.
  • Located at the heart of the city’s historic centre.

In September 2002 Arup together with Foster + Partners won an international competition to design a new station in Florence for high speed trains.

Located at the heart of the city’s historic centre, this is Arup’s largest and most complex transport building project in Italy. It will be a crucial interchange node as well as a vital new hub for Florence, and has attracted attention for its iconic value and relationship with its prestigious surroundings.

Arup has developed the structural and building services design and provided all specialist engineering, including geotechnics, fire, seismic design, transportation, security and risk consulting, façade, access and maintenance, acoustics, construction planning and project management.

This is the first deep structure designed by Arup in Italy. The concourse is intended to be a vibrant public space with a shopping arcade under an overarching steel and glass roof.

The station is part of the new Italian high speed rail network running from Milan to Naples and from Turin to Venice. The system includes over 1000km of railway line and four new stations in Rome, Turin, Naples and Florence.

The station entrances will be at the north and south, the latter facing a public square leading to the Belfiore area, where a large urban park, office buildings, underground bus station and car parking will be provided as part of the city interchange. The new station will also be linked to the existing Santa Maria Novella station 2km to the south.

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  • Diagram of Florence High Speed rail structure, showing roof, platform and tunnels below.Open gallery

    This is the first deep structure designed by Arup in Italy, with a rail level 25m below ground.

  • View of the overhang from the piazza. Credit: Foster + Partners.Open gallery

    Arup’s largest and most complex transport building project in Italy.