Building on a polluted, former industrial site.
The city of Rouen wanted to create new homes for citizens while avoiding further urban sprawl. They had identified a suitable city centre location on former industrial land which would be appropriate for new housing.
However, the soil was polluted and would need to be fully decontaminated. The site also had various constraints, including railway lines and major road networks passing through. There were also large scale port structures - including silos - still operating and the riverside location was a flood risk zone.
We worked closely with our consortium partners to develop a pragmatic solution that will turn these constraints into assets. The aim was to rebuild a neighbourhood on top of what was already there while improving it.