New Prato:
Urban redevelopments

A great contemporay urban park within the ancient walls, in the former Misericordia e Dolce hospital

Prato Central Park

A great contemporay urban park within the ancient walls, in the former Misericordia e Dolce hospital

The Hospital of Prato, with the old name of "Misericordia e Dolce", was abandoned in 2014. It operated since 1200 in a vast complex of ancient buildings, constructed and modified from the thirteenth century until the late nineteenth century that after the disposal were home to offices and services of the local health authorities.
Since the early sixties was added a large modern building, which occupied the large area of the old "holding of the Hospital". The addition of a surface of 43,000 square meters destroyed a green lung of almost 4 hectares and caused a serious wound to the urban fabric of the city, tolerated only for the health facility the mighty estate gave answer.
In 2002, the Tuscany Region has approved the "New Hospital" project that involved the construction of new hospitals in Apuane area, Lucca, Pistoia and Prato, locating the latter out of the city centre, in Galciana.

The new hospital was opened in 2013 leaving free within the ancient walls a strategic area for the development of new functions. The City Council immediately took into consideration the possibility of regaining the City the area of the "Podere dello Spedale" to achieve an equipped urban park of considerable size.
In 2014 was signed between the ASL, Comune di Prato and Tuscany Region a Programme Agreement for the "environmental restoration of the urban area remained unused as a result of the transfer to another seat of the Hospital Misericordia e Dolce, a total area of 39,000 square meters”. The Agreement provides that a major portion of the area will become property of the Municipality and will be used for the urban regeneration of the historic centre and to foster the development of the city.

The creation of a large urban park of about 3 hectares, in addition to the redevelopment, will enhance the historical centre of Prato and will be an absolutely exceptional and unrepeatable event. There are very few interventions of this magnitude within the ancient and consolidated city parts. What we want to accomplish is a new big public place, which will become attractive for the metropolitan area and for the flows of international cultural tourism, thanks to its features and thanks to the quality and innovation in the treatment of green areas, the presence of art and architectures with a strong contemporary connotation: a new place inserted in a historic and valuable context, able to convey the image of Prato as the city of contemporaneity in Tuscany. The Park is one of the great objectives of urban change and its speedy implementation is essential to avoid the risk of deterioration and related public order problems usually arising from the sale of public buildings, unless accompanied by a different use.
To achieve this, will have to be made, without delay, all the steps described in the program agreement: the first two, adopting of the urban variance and signing the contract between ASL and the Municipality, were carried out on schedule.

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