Italian sports venue design company Sportium has agreed a strategic partnership with Colliers REMS, which specialises in real estate management services, with the goal of promoting urban regeneration and social growth through the development and design of new facilities dedicated to sport.

Colliers REMS is a division of Canadian real estate company Colliers International, while Sportium forms part of the Progetto CMR group and currently has two major projects in the works in Serie A, the top division of Italian football.

In May, Cagliari agreed a deal with Sportium to deliver the final design for its new stadium (pictured), while the company, alongside Manica, is currently vying with Populous for the contract to develop a new stadium for AC Milan and Inter Milan, along with redeveloping the San Siro.

The strategic partnership, which extends across Italy, is divided into two distinct areas of activity, both focused on the enhancement of sports-oriented structures as drivers for urban regeneration and multi-functional meeting places at the service of local communities.

Colliers REMS will manage the development and project/construction management activities for Sportium. The two parties intend to identify new opportunities to reinterpret public and private spaces for the development of stadia, arenas and multi-sport centres. They also aim to offer their expertise to football clubs and sports bodies to support them in efforts to develop or redevelop venues.

“This agreement excites us, as it will allow us to combine our consolidated expertise in urban redevelopment with Sportium’s know-how in the design and redevelopment of sports facilities,” said Roberto Nicosia, CEO of Colliers International Italia.

“Sport has always been a promoter of cohesion and values, and we are convinced that the ‘temples’ in which to practice it, in all their forms and variations, if properly rethought, can offer important opportunities for strategic business and growth for neighbourhoods and communities.”

Massimo Roj, CEO and co-founder of Progetto CMR, added: “We are proud to be able to sign this partnership with Colliers… with whom we share the common vision of making sports design a flywheel of urban and social regeneration.

“After the acquisition of Studio De Martino, this is an agreement that further strengthens Sportium’s mission, namely to offer the Italian market an innovative and integrated service, which combines the design, construction and development of sports facilities, enhancing efficiency, with the economic, environmental and social aspects of each project initiative.”

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