Thirty years after the Special Plan for Port Vell was approved, the Gerencia Urbanística Port Vell is launching new projects in anticipation of future requirements. New spaces for leisure activities, culture, research and innovation will be created for the public. Examples include the development of the Hermitage Museum, reported in one of our recent newsletters, and a new Port Center at the former Port Authority headquarters.
The project concerns the Southbank arts precinct and the 18,000 m2 of public spaces redeveloped there. The team selected after a tender process includes two landscape architecture professors from the University of Sheffield, and architecture firm Hassell. The project includes plans for raised parks, gardens and pedestrian areas.
Two charters have been signed allowing mixed uses for certain port sectors in the capital. The aim was to determine clearly the best way to share these spaces between different users, who include the Port and the City of Paris, the town hall authorities in the districts concerned, and also local residents, associations, and institutions. As we have reported on numerous occasions, the Port of Paris is following a highly proactive urban integration strategy.