Rouen – The Great River Promenade

A three sequences promenade park

Over the years, the low quays of Rouen have been abandoned and replaced by a large car park, and by the fair Saint-Romain one month a year.
The reflection conducted on the left bank has developed a system of the large port park that offers various uses.

Facing the Sainte-Catherine coast and the cathedral, the river promenade stretches for one kilometre; planted with multi-trunk plane trees and punctuated by several bridges forming three sequences.
Upstream, the Saint-Sever meadow opens onto the Seine, and the dock, reshaped in tiers, allows one to get closer to the water. This riparian meadow, equipped with some chaises longues, is punctuated with clumps of willows.
Downstream, the scenes of Claquedent offer playgrounds. The long sequence of the Bargemen esplanade combines grassy stretches, poplar groves and a playful mineral space.
The large jetty provides access to the wharf and offers views on the opposite bank. The furniture and signage are sober and raw, echoing the port industrial identity.

Photographic credit: Karolina Samborska

Project recognition:

National Grand Prix of Landscape 2018

Grand Jury and public prizes Victoires du paysage 2018

Special distinction at Landscape Award 2018/2019 of the Council of Europe

Competition laureate in 2011

Delivery: 2018

Area: 6 Ha

Cost: 15 M €

Client: City of Rouen

Prime contractor: In Situ – Paysages et Urbanisme

Team members : Hervieu-Follacci – Architects, Les Eclaireurs – Light designer, Artelia – Roads and utilities infrastructure, Sol Paysage – Soils and plants, C&E Ingénierie – Structural engineering

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