Port du Rhin: a completely renovated district

The Port du Rhin is undergoing a long-term transformation. By 2020, the tram extension will have brought the district to just a few minutes away from the city centre, while the new housing developments will encourage social and functional diversity.

Presentation of the project

In early 2010, Strasbourg was announced as one of the winners, with 10 other towns and cities, of a call for projects launched by the Plan Urbanisme Construction et Architecture (PUCA - construction and architecture urban development plan). The plan was an experimental program relating to the "quality and safety of urban spaces" designed to encourage innovation-led projects which would factor in urban safety actions right from their development stage, to lead a trend away from the current forms of urban CCTV surveillance and urban "security" planning.

As part of the call for projects, Strasbourg took part in a workshop examining the issue of "urban forms and concepts of space" and commissioned an expert report on the potential offered by the place de l’Hippodrome, in the Port area. A primary assessment was made of the district's current housing situation and of the potential operation of the future district, as set out by the Deux Rives master plan and the urban rehabilitation project for the Port du Rhin. This preliminary work laid the basis for recommendations for the development of the district and the principles underlying the actions

Ongoing operations

While the master plan, which sets out the medium and long-term ambitions of the project, is in its development phase, the urban renovation of the Port du Rhin is already underway, with a number of operations, which include:

  • rehabilitation of the Loucheur estate (392 housing units– CUS Habitat), soon to be followed by the Coulaux and Cour Kratz estates (128 units– La Strasbourgeoise Habitat)
  • the implementation of the Interport linkup, the first phase of which was opened to traffic on 3 September 2010. The second phase has already started with the provision of facilities and services for the district, which include the Com’ au Rhin convenience store, the Ile aux Epis back-to-work restaurant and the Hat-Trick sports ground

Other operations are also underway, in line with the action plan for 2010 - 2015, drawn up in 2009, which allows for substantial local consultation (project workshops and committees, public meetings, forums). The action plan also provides for structuring operations for rehabilitating the district, including the reorganisation of public spaces around the place de l’Hippodrome and the redistribution of areas for urbanisation, which been made possible by the completion of the first phase of the Interport linkup and the work carried out on the avenue de l’Europe, which has also taken through-traffic away from the Port du Rhin district.

Projected timeline for the various phases of the project

The development of a major 3-hectare public space on place de l’Hippodrome gets underway in 2012 and will connect the current district to the jardin des Deux Rives riverside area. Work will also be carried out on rue Coulaux, rue Schérer, rue des Cavaliers and rue Jean Monnet to bring them into line with the urban rehabilitation and landscaping of place de l’Hippodrome. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2014, concomitantly with the tram.

New housing programs are also to be built in the same area, including the Résidence du Jardin des Deux Rives, which is due for completion in 2012/2013. This is a mixed development of 380 low-energy-consumption homes (architects Denu & Paradon, Vinci Immobilier/Franck/Weller), comprising

  • 190 private homes
  • a residence for elderly people, with 110 units
  • 80 subsidised housing units.

The Habitation Moderne project, for which the selection process for choosing the contractor was held on 24 November 2011, will comprise some 140 homes, including 60 subsidised units. The development is located in the area of the Ste Jeanne d’Arc church and will be a feature of the north/west part of the place de l’Hippodrome in 2014.

A centre for clinics

Another standout feature of the district, located near the Jardin des Deux Rives on the site of the former Desaix shooting range, is the planned centre for the Adassa, Diaconat and Ste Odile clinics, due to be completed in 2016 and which will provide a significant driving force for the development of the area.

The centre will contain 24 operating theatres and some 350 beds with a total floor area of 50,000 m² and will be the second biggest healthcare institution in Strasbourg, employing over 800 healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses and technical and administrative staff. Real estate and paramedical programs are also due to be implemented around the centre.

Upcoming phases

2012/2014 :

  • place de l’Hippodrome + thoroughfares
  • pharmacy
  • 380 homes in the résidence des Deux Rives
  • 110 homes in Habitation Moderne
  • rehabilitation of the Coulaux and cour Kratz estates
  • rehabilitation of the Port du Rhin school + nursery daycare
  • tram.