The Flaubert eco-district, a new way of living and working on the banks of the Seine


In an age where control of urban sprawl is paramount, the 90 hectares to be redeveloped along the banks of the Seine of the Flaubert eco-district provide a tremendous opportunity to create a new balanced and harmonious central district on the left bank of Rouen.

Near the historic city centre, in a natural setting, the area can be used to develop service activities in every sector, as well as businesses, leisure and cultural activities, local government offices and housing programmes for all families. As a balance between port and urban activities, the eco-district is one of the sustainable development projects in the Seine Valley. The public consultation showed that the project aroused the interest and enthusiasm of professionals and public alike.


Transport: the work on the T4 high-level public transport line will begin in 2016. Eventually, the T5 will link the 3 development schemes of Rouen Seine Cité. To ensure a better standard of living, through-flows of vehicles will be limited and numerous bicycle and pedestrian paths will pass through the blocks of buildings.

Diversity and friendliness: the Flaubert eco-district brings people together, by combining all types of urban functions, including service activities, shops, education, recreational and cultural activities, and finally housing. On this last point, it provides people of every generation with suitable housing, 25% of the floor space being intended for social housing.

Water Management: the creation of a green belt consisting of broad swales lined with trees will collect rainwater, stimulate biodiversity and manage the risks associated with water. It will be extended by the creation of a canal leading to the Seine. Two planted walks on either side of the canal will form a natural link between the urban area, the banks of the Seine and the left bank city centre.

Energy: Studies are underway to determine what renewable energies and forms of waste recovery can be used to power the future buildings in the neighbourhood. Building requirements will also include energy reduction measures.

Landscaped areas: The central park created to extend the public areas will become the green entrance to the neighbourhood. It will be complemented by the Peninsula gardens created in 2013, a natural space consisting of a completely reforested gently-sloping hill to mitigate the impact of past activities while providing a promenade opening onto the river. The design of the Peninsula gardens has received the Architecture and Urban Planning Award of the Upper Normandy Council of Architecture, Urban Planning and Environment (CAUE). As a place of relaxation for residents, the green belt of the eco-district will be extended by the numerous gardens and vegetation forming the landscape of the entrances to the district.


Rollet peninsula

Rollet peninsula

Input for the eco-district involves professionals, associations and residents who meet within the Development Advisory Board of the Rouen Normandy Metropolitan Authority in the “Large Urban Projects” committee. On each of the identified environmental issues, the Urban planning and Architecture team of J.OSTY, ATTICA, EGIS, BURGEAP focuses on transforming and enhancing the constraints of the site to create an iconic eco-district.

Balanced and user-friendly, the Flaubert eco-district already has two schemes in operation, the Peninsula gardens, 15 hectares of which were opened in spring 2013 and the 106, a venue for contemporary music. Since opening, the 106 has won a large audience, programming about 90 shows a year, hosting nearly 50,000 people.

The next stage of this flagship operation will be the construction of the new head offices of the Rouen Normandy Metropolitan Authority. The design of the 6,000 sq. m of office has been entrusted to Jacques Ferrier. The port identity of the neighbourhood has inspired the renowned architect who has designed a double building representing two ships crossing. Delivery of the building is scheduled for early 2017. The first developments will then start along the avenue Jean Rondeau, representing some 40,000 sq. m of floor space including 10,000 sq. m of offices.


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Future headquarters of Rouen Normandy Metropolis ©Jacques Ferrier

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