Thetis, in joint venture with Agriteco, was in charge of the design of the works aimed at the recovery and enhancement of the historic monumental complex of Forte San Felice in Chioggia and the environmental arrangement of the large neighboring area, of potential naturalistic interest, called the “San Happy”.

The project, promoted by the MIT – Interregional public works authority for the Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia through its concessionaire Consorzio Venezia Nuova, is an integral part of the work developed by the Technical Table set up with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2018 between the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, the State Property Agency and the Municipality of Chioggia.

The project is aimed at:

  • define the interventions necessary to eliminate situations of material degradation and instability of historic buildings;
  • define the environmental adjustment interventions of the open spaces, accesses, and paths necessary for the public use of the compendium;
  • define the possible future uses to be established within the compendium so that they are feasible from an economic-financial and a legal-procedural point of view, as well as compatible with the ultimate objective of preserving the historical-monumental, landscape, and environment of the Fort;
  • define the intervention methods to be followed in the subsequent design developments aimed at the functional adaptation of the new settlement, relating to the building, the uncovered spaces, as well as the primary urbanization, works.

The choices relating to the methods of intervention and, in particular, to the future intended use of every single building and the uncovered spaces were evaluated in close collaboration with the Bodies that make up the Technical Table, in order to incorporate the various needs and to constantly check the project’s compliance with the emerging needs.

The complex of interventions will be defined through the drafting of the technical and economic feasibility project while the subsequent design phases will be launched according to priorities based on available funding.

From the meetings and inspections carried out by the members of the Technical Table, the priority interventions were also identified, which will constitute the first phase of the works and concern the arrangement of part of the uncovered spaces of the Fort in order to create an initial open visit itinerary and the conservative restoration works of the Portal built by Andrea Tirali in 1704, the monumental entrance building overlooking the Lagoon, towards the historic center of Chioggia, which for centuries was the only access point to the Fort.

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