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Bordeaux: the Euratlantique development project extended by ten years

2023-12-04T12:36:53.183Z

Highlights: Euratlantique is the largest urban development operation underway on French territory outside Paris. It aims to create 25,000 new housing units by 2040 in the municipalities of Bordeaux, Bègles and Floirac. Two hectares of parkland will be created in the future Canopia district. The Simone-Veil bridge, 549 metres long and 44 metres wide, represents 75% of the weight of the Eiffel Tower. The work is estimated to cost €500 million, with an inauguration scheduled for 2026.


Euratlantique, the largest urban development operation underway outside Paris, has a new ambition to create 25,000 new housing units by 2040 in the municipalities of Bordeaux, Bègles and Floirac. A titanic architectural project, spread over several decades.


Le Figaro Bordeaux

The project began in 2010 and has already profoundly changed the face of Bordeaux. Behind the name "Euratlantique" lies the largest urban development operation underway on French territory outside Paris, with several emblematic achievements, such as the Arkéa Arena in Floirac with its 11,000 seats in 2018, the Maison de l'économie créative et de la culture (Méca) in 2019, and one of the tallest wooden towers in the world. The project, which was due to be completed in 2030, has just been extended by ten years, with additional funding of €150 million of public money, in order to complete the transformation of this district between Bordeaux, Bègles and Floirac.

Initially associated with the arrival of the high-speed line (LGV) between Bordeaux and Paris in 2017 and the concomitant development of the Saint-Jean station, the public development establishment (EPA) now explains that the continuation of this vast operation until 2040 will aim in particular to produce "affordable housing" and "urban diversity", with "the ecological and energy transition" and "the design of a value-creating and inclusive city" in the line of sight. By 2040, an additional 25,000 housing units are expected to be built. The €150 million earmarked for this objective is mainly supported by the State and the metropolis (35% each), followed by Bordeaux (20%), Bègles (7%) and Floirac (3%).

Two hectares of parkland will be created in the future Canopia district. Apsys / Bordeaux Euratlantique

"Embodying the city of tomorrow"

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While the projects of the first decade were marked by a logic of reclaiming brownfield sites in a context of attractiveness, it is now necessary to continue efforts from the point of view of the production of social and affordable housing, greening and carbon neutrality," explains Clément Rossignol, Mayor of Bègles and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bordeaux Euratlantique. By 2030, the EPA therefore intends to "go further in the sustainability of buildings, their eco-construction, their reversibility, their intensity of use, but also in the development of public spaces and their renaturation". These development operations would constitute "a real opportunity to face the climate emergency by fighting against the artificialisation of soils and by revegetating entire sectors".

In addition to the creation of housing and green spaces, Euratlantique is also a player in the future Canopia district, the construction of which has just started in Bordeaux. This project, launched by the former right-wing majority and reworked by the ecologist municipality to "embody the city of tomorrow" with stronger environmental commitments, will consist of a wide shopping street, 600 metres long and 20 metres wide, which will link the Saint-Jean train station to the Garonne river. On 67,000 m², 45,000 m² of shops, services, restaurants and leisure will be built, as well as 10,400 m² of hotels and 13,000 m² of outdoor public spaces. The work is estimated to cost €500 million, with an inauguration scheduled for 2026.

Another emblematic construction will also link the three municipalities concerned by the Euratlantique project in the summer of 2024: the Simone-Veil bridge, 549 metres long and 44 metres wide, whose metal structure represents 75% of the weight of the Eiffel Tower, will finally be inaugurated. Discussed since the 1990s, this crossing of the Garonne, estimated at €151 million, should rebalance travel between the two banks and support the development of the Saint-Jean station, with the arrival of the high-speed line between Bordeaux and Toulouse and then between Bordeaux and Spain in sight, which should make the Port de la Lune an even more important crossroads than since the arrival of the Bordeaux-Paris high-speed line.

The Simone-Veil Bridge will have 2x2 lanes dedicated to cars, two lanes for public transport, a two-way bike lane and a 16-metre-wide pedestrian path. Ayxz

Source: lefigaro

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