Urban planning, mobility, economy, culture, living environment – the new projects in Bordeaux Metropole are shaping its image and building its future.
All these projects provide a boost to the metropolitan area as a whole, increasing its attractiveness and contributing to its economic development, with the ambition for the city of Bordeaux to achieve the rank of European metropolitan area by 2020.
A look at the most symbolic of these projects gives a measure of their impact. Some key dates are approaching fast….
A new network fostering mobility is being created, with the arrival of the high-speed train line on 31 July 2017, putting Paris at 2hrs, 5mins from Bordeaux with 340 km of new lines and 1 or 2 direct trains per hour.
Extension of the St Jean Train Station, Belcier side
A new train station is being built to welcome the 18 million passengers expected in 2017, at an estimated cost of 95 million euros.
The station consists of a hall and a travellers’ lounge measuring 2,500 m2, 1,800 m2 of shops and services, a carpark with 860 spaces and a bike station with 370 places. The structural work will take place during 2015/2016 for delivery in mid-2017.
The 3rd tram phase
To serve the suburban areas of Mérignac, Le Haillan, Bègles, Pessac and Bordeaux, an extension of existing Bordeaux tram lines is due to be completed at the end of 2015, bringing the network up to a total 70 km.
Jean Jacques Bosc Bridge
The future bridge (2018) led by the firm OMA Rem Koolhas will link the St Jean-Belcier-Euratlantique district to the town of Floirac, as part of the extension of the Boulevard JJ Bosc to the right bank.
The architecture of the bridge will feature simple lines and the bridge will encourage environmentally-friendly means of transport. Events such as fairs may also be held on this new bridge.
Launched in 2008, Operation Campus aims to renovate and revitalise the existing campuses, creating vibrant campuses of the future and increasing their international visibility.
Real estate initiatives are aiming to redevelop 445,000 m² of university buildings, international research laboratories and landscaped public areas and student hubs.
The Opération Campus Bordeaux project is estimated at a cost of €538 M, with more than €400 M funded through State grants and the participation of the Regional Council of Aquitaine, Bordeaux Metropole and the Caisse des Dépôts.
The first tranche is for the “science and technology” premises of Bor-deaux University and focuses on the renovation of 12 buildings and the demolition / reconstruction of 4 buildings covering a total area of 89,000 m². The work underway (€122 M) since end 2013 will continue through to 2015.
4 other university sites are also involved: Talence-Pessac-Gradignan, Carreire, Victoire and Bastide in Bordeaux.
This Operation of National Importance, covering 738 hectares and managed by a public development authority, is a major urban and economic project which aims to revitalise and redevelop an area around the St Jean train station which in 2017 will host the new high-speed train line (Bordeaux – Paris in 2hrs).
A business and innovation centre will host service activities and the creative and digital sectors of Bordeaux metropolitan area, the flagship development being the future Cité Numérique.
2 major urban projects are underway: St Jean Belcier (160 hectares) and Garonne Eiffel.
Some key figures about the project in 20 years: 25,000 new residents, 25,000 new jobs, 300,000 m² of office space, housing units and facilities, €5.5 billion in private and public investment.
In view of the future project for “50,000 dwellings around high-quality public transport links” by 2030, new districts are being developed at the heart of the agglomeration.
An innovative eco-district in terms of energy saving, water and waste management has been developed on the military and railway wastelands on Bordeaux’s right bank. The project provides for the creation of 3,200 to 3,400 housing units, jobs and local public facilities.
Bassins à Flot
This up-and-coming district located between the River Garonne and Bordeaux Lac will be a mixed area combining housing (63% dwellings), personal services, service and industrial activities (21%) and leisure facilities: 5,400 housing units are programmed, 90,000 m² of office space and 80,000 m² of business premises.
The conversion of this historic port site around 2 bodies of water is being coordinated by the architect and town planner Nicolas Michelin.
The site is intended to host digital companies and higher education institutions and also yachting-related activities.
This eco-district is already established in the Berges du Lac area and covers 32 hectares, accessible by tram. The creation of 2,700 new housing units, businesses, services and public facilities is planned.
Brazza Nord (Bordeaux)
This future mixed district on the right bank has been designed to host 15,000 new residents and business activities with 165,000 m² of premises planned.
Cultural and sports facilities
This stadium with 42,000 seats in the Bordeaux Lac district was inaugurated on 18 May and will provide the city with a sports facility compatible with hosting international events, including Euro 2016.
“Cité des Civilisations de vin” wine museum
The aim of the future Cité des Civilisations du Vin (2016) wine museum in the Bassins à Flot district is to share and convey the values and heritage of wine in a building characterised by its distinctive architecture.
A 55 m tower will dominate 13,350 m² of buildings and a Belvedere will offer views over the city. Target: 425,000 visitors a year.
The “Maison de l’Economie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine” (MECA)
In 2016 this centre will house three regional FRAC (Regional Contemporary Art Funds) offices, the OARA (Aquitaine Region Artistic Office) and ECLA (Centre for Writing, Cinema, Books and Audiovisuals) in one venue on the banks of the Garonne and on the site of the Bordeaux Euratlantique operation. At the centre there will be exhibition rooms, concert halls and artist residencies.
Large concert Hall
Situated in the town of Floirac and with a capacity of 10,000 seats, this concert hall is designed to host large cultural shows, variety shows and sports events.
The unconventional Marseille architect Rudy Ricciotti will lead the project.