The new large Bertalia-Lazaretto district, currently being built in the northwest area of the city, once completed, will host 2,000 new housing units, as well as new facilities for the university, oices, stores and public spaces.
The first residential “island” in the south-east area (near Via Terracini) has been completed for some time now, but the works for the rest of the district have delayed several times over the past years for a number of reasons, including a town planning layout that requires specific infrastructure, the crisis of the building market and the reorganization of the University in the area. In 2016, a review of the town planning tools highlighted a series of applicable regulations and project requirements necessary to complete the works in this important part of the city, in particular to create the best possible technical and regulatory pre-conditions to incentivize and further facilitate public and private investment to ease and accelerate as far as possible the conditions of real feasibility for the plots.
The works on the university building in the area concern about 25.000 mq to be used for lecture rooms, dorms and other services for students to be added to the existing university facilities in Via Terracini.
The Bertalia hub is one of the most modern complexes of the University of Bologna. Once completed, it will host two dorms with over 400 beds; a building for the activities of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) and to part of the activities of the Department of Architecture (DA); a service facility including lecture rooms, computer labs, gym and study rooms. The University will also have to build the roads, car parks and green areas for the whole district, to connect the university facilities with via Terracini, in continuity with the existing buildings and those being built in the area.
With regard to mobility, the Lazzaretto will be the intermediate stop of the People Mover, the monorail shuttle for the fast connection between Airport and railway station currently under construction. Moreover, the project for the enhancement of the Bologna beltway-high-way system with the Bologna junction envisages the realization of a new exit to Lazzaretto with relevant connection to Via Sabena and to the south-west axis to Casalecchio di Reno.

Data Lazzaretto
> Total surface area: 730.000 m²
> Detail Plan (winner of tender in 2000): Piero Sartogo, Richard Meier
> Usable surface: 215.000 m²
housing 78%, University facilities 13%, offices and stores 9%
> 374.000 m² Areas for infrastructures and public services including:
two large city parks west and northeast of the area
110.800 m² community green areas
32.200 m² areas for public facilities (e.g. schools, other public facilities)
67.000 m² public parking areas

Dati University Buildings
> Total surface area: 25.000 m²
> Building area: 13.300 m²
> Number of students: 3.400
> Space for students: 6.200 m²
> Project: Arch. Battista Tortorella
> Total investment: € 45.500.000
    Bologna University: €19.000.000
    Ministry for Education, University and Research: €18.500.000
    Emilia-Romagna Region: €7.000.000