Excellence is crucial in three fields in particular: sustainable development, health and tourism, all three of which are riding the wave of digital development.
The predominance of nature is the foundation of a new policy of sustainable development which is applied in different fields.
All of the city’s projects are approached first and foremost from an environ- mentally responsible perspective. Today's priority is become an ecological reference and the Green city of the Mediterranean. The light of Nice has always inspired creation and artists. Land of innovation and art, its cultural heritage is omnipresent around the city. This state of mind remains and is extended to all fields, illustrated by this collection of major projects.
On September 2015, Nice launched works that consist in renovating, securing and embellishing the sidewalk along the Southern Promenade area. They include the creation of a bicycle path side, separated from automobile traffic by a median landscaped strip with shrubs and palm trees.
Four other phases of works to come will lead to the total rehabilitation of the Southern Promenade sidewalk by 2020 (budget: 16 M€).
This site which extends over 10 000 hectares, on the Var plain, will host high-technology content companies and will become the benchmark for sustainable development for southern europe and the Mediterranean. Useful information: large scale cultural facilities are planned, alongside a teaching and research institution dedicated to sustainable development and ecology professions, a stadium that meets Uefa standards, and an 80 000 m2 exhibition centre (in its initial phase). This project has been awarded the « innovation and design » prize.
A second tramline connecting the east and the West of the city will be running by 2018, to carry an expected 200 000 passengers per day. it will connect the airport to the port in 26 minutes!
Useful information: there will be a public transport interchange for switching between the tram and all other modes of transport (aeroplane, high-speed trains (TGV), interregional/local trains (TER), bus, cars and bicycles).
By 2020, line 3 of the tramway will link the city center with the St Isidore terminus in just 25 minutes. Line 3 will move in part on line 2 infrastructure. By accompanying the National Interest Operation, line 3 will qualitatively irrigate the newly developing urban neighborhoods, attract many businesses and energize the whole of the project. The construction of almost 1.2 million m2 and 5,400 new housing units (planned for 2026 between the airport and St Isidore) will generate 11,400 inhabitants and the creation of At least 25,000 jobs.
Line 3 will deploy over 7 km, including 3.7 new lanes and will serve 11 stations (including 6 new ones). Its attendance is estimated at 12,000 passengers per day in 2020.
Work begins in 2017.
Situated on the East-West axis, close to the airport and to the Arénas district, the Nice-Saint Augustin-Airport multimodal transport hub will ultimately include a train station (trains and high speed trains to Paris, Marseille or Italy), a bus station for urban and interurban bus lines, a direct link to the city via the tramway, bicycle stations (Vélo bleu) and electric vehicles (Auto bleue), relay parking areas… .
This 90 000 m2 infrastructure represents a pilot operation within the EcoCité approach, and plays a key role as well within the Grand Arénas operation, providing an exceptional access to this new business district.
The transport hub will be directly connected to the international airport and to the future multimodal stations within the Eco-Valley.
The main rail hub of Nice Côte d'Azur (8 million passengers per year - 11 million expected by 2020), the Nice-Thiers railway station was built in 1870. The arrival of the high speed line in 2023, the intensification of the TER (local rail service, the second in density in France after the Ile de France region) as well as the extension of the tramway network, confirm the importance of the redevelopment project of the Nice-Thiers station. The objective is to create a multi-mode exchange pole on over 10 000 sqm which will satisfy the constant demands in terms of transport and multi-mode development.
Investment: 61.5 million €, spread between the Region, the Department, the Nice Cote d'Azur Metropolis, the French Rail network and the SNCF.
This urban technopolis will be dedicated to green technologies, as well as to the development of innovative solutions for healthcare and mobile contactless services. It will include research, development and training activities, and favor synergies with the Sophia Antipolis technology park. Spread over 26 hectares (with a potential of 200 hectares), it is situated within the Nice municipality, at the heart of the Eco-City Nice Côte d’Azur and North of the Grand Arenas. Incubators, emerging enterprise centers and business centers will be put in place to assist startups and growing businesses. Conceived as an urban area, within an urban environment, the great originality of the Nice Méridia technopolis will come from its diversity.
An international exhibition and conference of 65 000 m2 (in its first phase) complementary to the existing structures, will come to the west of Nice. This expansive complex, close to the International Airport Nice Côte d'Azur and the multimodal station, will be a new stage in the development of business tourism in Nice and the Côte d'Azur. The renowned Spanish urban architect Josep Lluis Mateo has been appointed to design and supervise the project. He is leading a multidisciplinary team in charge of handling public works, and assisting private architects and promoters for the different real estate programs. Deadline:2020
A unique integrated project with the latest innovations in terms of sustainable development!
The New Nice is taking shape with the integration of the world’s largest furniture retailer in the heart of a catchment area of several hundred thousand consumers. Indeed, Ikea had been seeking for several years to reinforce its presence in south-eastern France. Thus, a harmonious architectural complex will soon bring its dynamic lines to the Eco-Vallée. Beyond this shopping centre, a new district is emerging, which will be exemplary of the 21st-century city Nice is creating. This district with its shops and the Eco-Vallée complex should attract well beyond the boundaries of the Métropole”, in connection and in synergy with the economic policies implemented by the PACA (Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur) Region.
Nice wished for this Ikea to be one of a kind: perfectly integrated in its eco-district and exemplary in terms of sustainable development.
To achieve all these goals, the City called on the exceptional architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, who satisfied the ecological dimension with:
- 7,000m² of rooftop photovoltaic panels and the use of geothermal energy;
- very high energy performance for all buildings;
- parks and gardens and green terraces.
The centre expected to open in 2019.
From summer 2016, visitors will be able to enjoy introductory trails, play areas, and 19th-century walks dotted with interactive points.
By the end of 2017 and 12-15 million euros later, this open-air museum will also be equipped with kiosks, a restaurant and a renovated lift.
The city wants to make the 40,000 m2, including 10,000 built, "an unique and exceptional art centre". This industrial space should accommodate all the possible diversity in the arts, painting, dance, music ... Space programming and creation, experiences and innovations, the 109 is intended to be a place of life and usability for artists and audiences.
"Everything that is created will find its place" announced Christian Estrosi, Ex-Mayor of Nice. The first tenants have already built premises in spring 2016, 29 artists' studios. From 2017, the building will accommodate a training center for crafts, an incubator, a nursery and a start-up hotel. A library and a concert hall will be added to this new project.