A consortium led by Bouygues Immobilier UrbanEra, the development arm of Bouygues Group, has been appointed as the preferred development team by the Ville de Charenton and Grand Paris Amenagement for the Charenton-Bercy project in Paris, France.
The team includes Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), architects-urbanists-landscape designers Ateliers 2/3/4/, AREP Group, and community think tank Le Grand Reservoir.
Bouygues Immobilier UrbanEra CEO Emmanuel Desmaizieres said: “The SOM and Ateliers 2/3/4/ plan delivers a significant new identity for Charenton-Bercy.
“The plan builds upon Grand Paris Amenagement’s goals of linking Central Paris to its suburban neighbours.”
Covering nearly 12 hectares in the territory of Charenton-le-Pont, the Charenton-Bercy project is located close to the ring road, A4 motorway, railways and the Seine river.
SOM director Daniel Ringelstein said: “In scripting the overall master plan, we saw our role as bringing a fresh perspective from an international point of view, refined in close collaboration with our local team to provide a sensitive integration within the existing community.”
The SOM-led master plan proposes a 180m-tall, net-zero-energy hotel and residential tower, 5,000m 2 of hanging gardens, along with a new mixed-use building on the current site of the Bercy 2 shopping centre.
The mixed-use development will include 115,000m2 dedicated for housing development (nearly 1,000 homes and specialised residences), 167,000m2 of office space, 43,000m2 of retail and entertainment and 6,000m2 of public facilities.
The urban project will also feature new public spaces, including 3.6 hectares of green space, and roads to reconnect the enclaved neighbourhood to the surrounding towns of Vincennes, Charenton and Bercy.
Upon completion, the project will create about 15,000 jobs in the creative industry of video games, 3D animation, special effects, medical imaging and more.
Currently, consultation process with residents is in progress with the first phases of the urban development project are set to commence in 2021.