The arrival of the Valenciennes tramway in Anzin led to the redevelopment of the polluted Vallourec industrial wasteland. The intention was to create an articulation between the old and new Anzin town centres. The result is a mixed use programme, a park and a garden city laid out around the tram line, developing 60 000 m² of surface area over a 12 hectares plot.
The mission included the preparation of the specifications for the designated development area (ZAC) as coordinating architect as well as the project management for the public spaces, intermodal hub and garden.
The project develops an alternative technology for managing rainwater and the construction of a split network, providing an opportunity to model the site and place emphasis on the adjoining 21st century park lying below.
Site pollution is treated by topsoil containment. Rainwater is stored in two separate tanks, with roadway runoff water filtered through the perched water table while roof runoff water feeds through the deep chalk table.
Paths, mall, additional road, park-and-ride, bus station and tramway make this new area an exchange hub located just two stops away from the Valenciennes station, in attractive and environmentally-friendly surroundings.
A building containing offices and shops and a multimedia library completes the services offer around the multimodal hub facing the town hall. The residential buildings are laid out around the park and develop their southern façades over a succession of terraces that provide views onto the park while at the same time placing the housing at a certain distance from the tramway.