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The fluvial promenade on the left bank quays received two urban and landscape awards

Following on from the transformation and the modernisation of the Seine’s quays, a large fluvial promenade of over 3km (1.8 miles) has been developed on the left bank, initiated by the City of Rouen and the Rouen Normandy metropolitan area. This establishment has just been rewarded by two prestigious contests: the Landscape National Highest Award and the Urban Challenges. These two prizes demonstrate the quality of this landscaping project. They also honour the teamwork of this wide ranging project.

fluvial promenade

The Landscape National Highest Award

 The jury of the Landscape National Highest Award, one of the most prestigious urban prize of France, has granded its 2018 Highest Award to the “a large fluvial promenade on the left bank quays of Rouen” project, carried out by the City of Rouen, the Rouen Normandy metropolitan area, the In Situ architecture workshop and the Jacqueline Osty associates workshop. This prize, attributed by the ministry of environmental and solidarity-based transition, aims to promote an innovative landscape approach, at a territorial level.

The Urban Challenges

This project, “a large fluvial promenade on the left bank quays of Rouen”, was awarded by the jury of the 2018 Urban Challenges in the category “Interfaces / Water connection”. Each year, the Urban Challenges rewards projects in favour of a sustainable, inclusive, accessible, shared, innovative, connected, well-balanced, comfortable and economical city.

The establishment of the Seine’s banks

This large fluvial promenade follows the establishment of the Seine’s quays which aims to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of the Rouen region and to contribute to a better attractiveness of the territory. The revitalization of these spaces allowed their re-appropriation by the inhabitants: they come there to jog, play pétanque ball, picnic, stroll, take their kids for a walk or even rest on the meridian benches.

This work was initiated in 2010 with the re-conquest of the Seine’s banks and the rehabilitation of The 106 music hall. In 2013, the project expended with the establishment of the quays after the Guillaume le Conquérant bridge and the opening of the Presqu’île Rollet fluvial park and the Saint-Sever Prairie. In 2017, many arrangements of the part located between the Guillaume le Conquérant Bridge and the Joan of Arc ramp have been made. Many other projects are under development. It is the case for the future Espace 105, whose work will start in 2019.