Creating a world class innovation district with 400+ partners
We supported Lendlease in transforming the legacy
site of Milan's Expo 2015 into one of the most
prestigious urban regeneration projects in Europe.
The model we designed for the Milan Innovation District (MIND) satisfied the needs of every stakeholder and ensured that it achieved impact.
We mapped the innovation needs of flagship MIND stakeholders - including public bodies, such as the Università Statale, and private companies like
AstraZeneca. By supporting these partners to work together, we created a coherent social-innovation strategy and secured the success of the scheme.
Our work enhanced the value of the real estate and helped to protect MIND from COVID shock.
expected daily users
target to become net zero carbon
square metres of regenerated space
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Designing the ecosystem
We identified the strengths and needs of key MIND stakeholders to create an innovation agenda for the region. We then helped to devise the unique 'Federated Innovation @MIND' model, which now protects research and development in the district.
We showcased this new MIND ecosystem to the individual stakeholders and held a series of round-table events at the CEO level. This acted as proof of concept for Lendlease and transformed the commercial desirability of the real estate.
“PlusValue is not a typical consultancy. Its dedication and seemingly unlimited network enable this team to deliver consistently superb results”
Andrea Ruckstuhl, Head of Continental Europe, Lendlease
Securing the investment
By balancing all the public and private goals, we created ideal conditions for the €4.5bn of investment, which underpins the MIND project. The intrinsic value created by our work now helps to protect the scheme from COVID shock.
Our network ensures the benefits of innovation in the district continue to enhance society. This affects every aspect of the scheme (e.g. reframing the presence of a prison into an opportunity for work inclusion). MIND is a beacon for similar EU projects.