Monday, 26 November 2012
A graphic illustration of how the economic crisis in Europe has affected development of the old Innocenti Lambretta factory in the Lambrate area of Milan. On the left is a shot I took in November 2011 soon after demolition crews had pulled down two of the huge buildings where Innocenti cars were built (and where Maserati BiTurbos were assembled). On the right is the same area 12 months later, November 2012. Apparently apartment towers are supposed to be rising from the ruins here but apart from the security guard at the gatehouse there was no activity and no sign that much had gone on in the last year. (as usual click on the photo to enlarge).
Thursday, 22 November 2012
New gates block the entrance to the Centro Studi at the old Innocenti Lambretta factory in the Lambrate area of Milano. Apart from this not much has changed in the year since I was last here. The economic crisis seems to have put paid to more development on the old site.
Monday, 12 November 2012
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
http://ordinearchitetti.mi.it/index.php/page,Milanochecambia.AreaCronologia/aree_id,33 goes some way to expaining the strange goings on at the old Innocenti Lambretta factory in the Lambrate area of Milan. It looks like the long promised real estate development fell foul of the GFC and that is why Innse suddenly re-appeared at the site last year under the stewardship of Camozzi Group. The owners of the development company Rubbatino 87 ran out of money and either sold or leased the old Innse building back to Innse. There is also another park planned for the site as part of the "Metrobosco" or metropolitan bushland park that is supposed to ring the city. It will be called Parco Lambretta if it ever gets done. Finally some recognition of the history of the site.
Friday, 20 July 2012
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
Friday, 4 May 2012
Monday, 23 April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
One of the most interesting buildings still standing at the old Innocenti factory in the Lambrate area of Milan is the Centro Studi or Design Centre. Standing next to the River Lambro and facing towards Via Rubattino it is quite a lovely setting with the tree covered car park area out the front. The rear overlooks the Parco Maserati that was created when the freeway went through. Interesting that they called it Maserati (they built Maserati cars at the factory under DeTomaso's stewardship) and not Innocenti or Lambretta. History whitewashed again! The view was not so nice when the factory actually operated as shown in the model - the back of the Centro Studi overlooked the electricity sub station which furnished the plant with it's power needs.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Curved rail line running into the building closest to the Auto Strada at the Via Rubatino end. The location is circled in the model shot. I have never seen photos of the rail operations in action at the Innocenti factory but they must have been quite complex judging by the remaining evidence. If anyone has any photos of this rail infrastructure in action at the Lambretta factory I would love to see them!
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Enlarged view of the Factory model on display at Vittorio Tessera's museum clearly shows the rail lines as they were intended to be built. You can see the line running into the factory building at lower right along with many other lines running around the site. I still find it incredible that such a massive industrial complex was allowed to fall into disrepair. Thanks for nothing British Leyland!
Rail line running through one of the buildings in the old Innocenti Factory. As well as the branch line running from the goods shed to the main line at Lambrate (see prevsious post), there were other lines which ran around the factory. The large buildings which remain all have these huge openings at each side where a rail line runs joining the 4 buildings. This is at their northern end close to the Innse tower and the goods shed however there is another at the other end of the building.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Follow the road from the rail line in a straight line away from the city centre and you pop out here. Looking out under the freeway flyover towards the Innse tower with one of the dilapidated factory buildings on the right. Note the large doorway in the side of the building. These allowed direct access for more train lines which ran through the factory buildings. I assume these allowed componants to be moved from one section of the complex (foundry, paint shop etc) to the production lines.
The only remaining tracks of the branch line that ran from the main railway line to the Innocenti Factory. Did your Lambretta run down this line on it's way to the dealer? The photo at left shows where the line curved to join the main line near Lambrate FS. The photo on the right is looking away from the main line toward the factory. You can see the bridge where the Autostrada runs through the factory in the distance. This road is the one that has been extended past the Innse water tower and this rail line originally led into the shed in the photo in the last post. (clicking on the photos makes them bigger to see the detail)
Friday, 30 March 2012
When I first visited the Innocenti factory site the new road in the previous shot was not yet finished; you can see the borders for it in the right hand shot taken during construction. Next to the Innse water tower was this old building with railway tracks running through it, obviously a loading shed for incoming parts and outgoing finished machines. There was a branch line running from the factory through Lambrate to the main line near Lambrate FS and you can still see some evidence of it today. Lambretta scooters were apparantly shipped to the UK by this method and parts for Innocenti cars (based on BMC models) were shipped back from the UK. Not my photos, provinence is unknown to me.
Monday, 26 March 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf1yd6ixq-g . Amazing to see the old factory back in use and the Innocenti logos on some of the machinary.
Changes at Innse. Old Innse Presse sign (left) on the front gate had been replaced by November 2011 with a new one (right). I have seen people working at the old Innse building within the old Innocenti factory complex a few times over the years (and no, you are not supposed to be standing where I am to take the photo in the centre and I was chased out a few seconds later!). I always wondered what they were doing working in an abandoned site. I thought they might just be making it safe but no.......