2008 Annual Report
Urban planning and development
- Pré-Gauchet, Parc de la Roche: The transformation of Malakoff continues
- The île de Nantes, a place for living
- Urban planning: honouring popular districts
- Transport: two wheels and wings
- Safeguarding the heritage of Nantes and improving the habitat
- Shops in top place on posters
- Action for the benefit of high quality social housing
- Accent on affordable housing
- Key figures
- Useful Links
A 15-year plan started in 2004, the major urban project (grand projet de ville (GPV)) in Malakoff continues to mobilise the cranes and scaffolding. Following major works in the upstream area, it is now the turn of the Pré-Gauchet, the link between the district and the city centre, and the Parc de la Roche to undergo wide-scale development.
At the Pré-Gauchet, we can record the construction of 427 homes and 26,000 sq m of offices, the renovation of the Ange-Guépin school and the construction of a leisure centre. At the Parc de la Roche, 2008 saw the completion of the community centre, the launch of the job centre and also the start of works on relocating the mosque.
With the first full year of activity of the “island machines” (opened on 1 July 2007) or the rise to power of the “banana shed”, a large number of visitors are taking over the tip of the island. As well as visits, the district is becoming more habitable every day, with new housing being completed in 2008, in the style of the Dorgères housing (rented social housing). In the centre of the island, the completion of the Beaulieu shopping centre, redesigned by Patrick Bouchain, provides this new living area with its own daring architecture, made accessible and sociable through major development works in the public spaces. Amongst other things, the new car park accommodates a 1800 sq m photovoltaic power plant, designed to produce the equivalent of the consumption of 80 households, whilst the roofs are covered in plant-based tiles for better rainwater storage.
The partnership between the local authorities, ANRU (the national urban renovation agency) and the social housing landlords made €200 million available for renovating and opening up the districts of Dervalllières, Bout-des-Landes - Bruyères and Bellevue (in Saint-Herblain). Thus in 2008, the valley of les Dervallières saw the launch of the renovation of the school Dervallières-Chézine, the modernisation of the Petit Le Nain building and also the refilling with water of the former castle pool.
In parallel, the first stone for the transformation of Bas-Chantenay was laid in 2008, with the project for the reconversion of the former Armor factory, which will be transformed into 23,000 sq m of housing.
The Metropolis of Nantes is responsible for transport development, and is pursuing its diversification policy. The new attraction in 2008 was without any doubt the arrival of the Bicloo bike hire scheme in May: 79 stations and 700 bikes to encourage gentle travel at a gentle price, and with the 1st half hour free of charge. A great new reason for using the 373 kilometres of bike routes.
With the start of the construction of the two new metropolitan bridges connecting the Ile de Nantes, the go-ahead was given for one of the major construction sites in order to improve North-South travel. Finally, at the end of a long period of holding our breath, the project for the major western airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes obtained its declaration of general interest in February 2008, ahead of the choice of licensed operator and the start of works proceedings.
In the context of its commitment to preserving and safeguarding the architectural heritage, the City has joined with the region of Pays-de-la-Loire and the Nantes Renaissance association in order to provide financial support to owners in maintaining the properties in the old town centre and the Ile Feydeau. In parallel, the Opération Programmée d’Amélioration de l’Habitat (OPAH) (Planned Operation for the Improvement of the Habitat) has been continued for the Chantenay-La Montagne districts and started for the Decré-Bouffay districts. The ultimate objectives are clear:
- to develop a stock of rental properties with manageable rents to ensure a social mix; - to reduce substandard and unsanitary habitats;
- to enable the elderly to stay in their homes by means of renovation works;
- to encourage improvements to the communal areas of private.
For the Decré-Bouffay districts, the City has decided to supplement the OPAH with the adoption of a Périmètre de Restauration Immobilière (P.R.I.) (Property Restoration Area) to undertake works on the most dilapidated properties obligatory.
Keen to promote the attractiveness and quality of its shops, Nantes has set up a programme to encourage the development of groups of retailers, improve information, open up both a public and private land use and implement a quality approach for the benefit of both business and tourism. In conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), the City has continued the campaign initiated in 2007 with the creation of the brand "Les Rues de Nantes – il y a tellement plus en centre-ville !" (The Streets of Nantes – there is so much more in the centre of town!) A communication campaign has been planned to run for 3 years in support of the scheme via posters, press inserts, radio spots and an information newspaper entitled "Bruits de Rues" (Street Noises) aimed at the retailers. Trade is also being promoted by means of events and activities in which the City is involved. This year Nantes has combined the illuminations and sustainable development, by using low energy light bulbs, which have ensured there is plenty to be seen whilst at the same time reducing the costs to the town hall and the planet!
The year 2008 marked the start of the second phase of the “new Malakoff”. As a symbol of the determination of the City of Nantes to promote the renovation of areas of social housing and urban regeneration, the centre and outskirts of the district are continuing to change. In the context of the major urban project which is guiding the project, the renovation of the Ange-Guépin school, the construction of a leisure centre and the community centre, the creation of the first 427 homes and 26,000 sq m of offices have been finalised. Thanks to a partnership with the State, the Conseil Général (General Council) and the Centre Communal d’Action Social (CCAS) (Communal Social Action Centre), the City has improved its follow-up of the most vulnerable households in their search for housing. Based on this experience, Nantes has also taken charge of organising the rehousing scheme for the families affected by the urban regeneration plan
Action in support of housing remains a municipal priority, despite the first effects of the economic slowdown on the number of project start-ups and construction permits. The first deliveries of affordable ownership homes bear witness to this, with 49 being allocated in 2008. The price of these homes is 15 to 20% below market prices, with the help of a partnership concluded between the developers and the local authority so as to enable access to home ownership by households with modest incomes.
Figures on housing
407 households have attended for an interview, as a result of which their housing application file can be personally monitored. 3,264 households have been allocated social housing in Nantes.
838 requests for housing have been met by means of City allocations.
181 homes which come under the loi Solidarité et Renouvellement Urbain (S.R.U.) (Law on Solidarity and Urban Regeneration) have been provided
Streets brought to life
70 streets illuminated
308 decorations installed