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The major projects of Nice

Nice, 5th French city and international tourism pole, is a modern and dynamic destination which has maintained its art of living over the centuries of a rich and intense history.

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.

 

Extension of the Promenade du Paillon

While the first part of the Promenade du Paillon has been a great popular success with more than a million visitors each year, its extension over 8 additional hectares will provide a 20-hectare urban park in the heart of the city!

Combining nature and culture, the project also includes the requalification and modernisation of the MAMAC to give it back its full dimension and influence, as well as the enhancement of the Louis Nucéra Library within this new green setting.

A real architectural and environmental asset, the extension of the Promenade du Paillon contributes to achieving the ecological transition objectives set by the City of Nice and the Metropolis by 2025, namely: to create 70 additional hectares of permeable and vegetated surfaces, to plant 280,000 trees and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 200,000 tonnes of CO2/year.

Cost: €75 million including tax (50% participation from the State and the Region).

 

Eco-Valley, a showcase of sustainable development

The aims of the Eco Valley (operation of national interest) are to propose an alternative model of development and urban planning and to boost the attractiveness of the competence clusters of the greater Nice area.

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.

 

Delivery in several phases: up to 2032

 

Multimodal transport hub

The Nice-Saint Augustin-Airport multimodal hub will be the Eco-Valley’s main transport hub. Combining all modes of transport in one place

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.

 

Park Nice Ecovallée: a second green flow west of Nice

At the foot of the future lines 2 and 3 of Tramway, 5 minutes from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport and crossed by bike paths that develop over the Plaine du Var, a large pay park will see the day, revolutionary the landscape of Western Nice, from the Charles Ehrmann stadium to the Allianz Riviera stadium.

It will be the green lung of the new Nice that is emerging west of the city.

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25 hectares is more than twice the "Promenade du Paillon" which has 12.
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25 hectares more for nature and for men.

This exceptional nature area will run continuously for more than two kilometers, from the Charles Ehrmann stadium in the South to the Allianz Riviera stadium.

Its width will be a hundred meters.

It will develop on a first section of 1.2 km bordering the facilities of the Cité des Sports.

Then it will cross the boulevard du Mercantour by a large pedestrian bridge and cycle and continue north of the Arboras to the Horse Club.

Finally, it will be extended by pathways through the agricultural zone to Saint-Isidore.

Delivered at the end of 2027 (the first 5 hectares will be completed by the end of 2020).
 
 

Multi-mode exchange pole Nice-Thiers

Redevelopment of the central railway station Nice-Thiers and the surrounding neighbourhood.

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.

The revitalization of the district will also be ensured by the construction of a 19,000m² property complex on a mixed program and modern design (shops, 120-room "Hilton Garden Inn" hotel, 600-seat auditorium, offices and services ). The building that will house the new complex, dubbed "Iconic", aims to carry a strong identity, signed by Daniel Libeskind, also author of the "Master Plan" of Groud Zero in Manhattan or the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The 40 meter high structure will be made of concrete, steel and glass reminiscent of a multifaceted diamond. "I was inspired by the mineral forms of azurite, a harmonious crystallization to create a building that can be seen from all angles and will thus help to remove the border between these two parts of the city. It will also serve to reflect the city, the light and the landscape ”. The Iconic building will include 6,500 m2 of shops, 4,800 m2 of offices, five restaurants and a Hilton hotel. And also a performance hall with 600 seats in the basement.

This operation is one of the most daring projects to redesign the station district ever carried out and represents an investment of 80M euros. Works started in the 4th quarter of 2017 for delivery scheduled for the middle of 2022.

 

Nice Méridia

The vocation of Nice Méridia is to become the technopolis of reference of the French Riviera in terms of sustainable development. An urban technopolis!

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.


 

A new exhibition centre

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:2024

 

The Colline du Château (Castle Hill).

This iconic location steeped in history is undergoing total redevelopment, restoration and landscaping work.

The park of the Château, with an area of ​​12 hectares, is a natural site classified as a "Natural Monument" since December 24, 1935. This site, open to the public, which has an important tourist vocation (it hosts 1.2 million visitors per year) and heritage, has not been the subject of any renovation for many years. Located at the eastern end of the Promenade des Anglais, the Castle Hill is also an integral part of the global site of the Baie des Anges and fully participates in the process initiated by the City in favor of the nomination for registration by the UNESCO on the World Heritage List.

The first phase of work on the top of the hill and the ruins of the old castle began during the first half of 2017. The renovation of the calade of the Nietzsche terrace was delivered in February 2018. The requalification is planned on a duration of 15 years.

The goal is to rediscover the spirit of 19th century walks without distorting the site, with a landscape that opens onto the Baie des Anges. And, as a highlight, the dungeon and its 180 ° view and its orientation table ...

 

Tramway, lines 4 and 5

Objectives: to improve transport services to the west and east of the Nice Côte d'Azur metropolitan area

Line 4

This new tramway line will undoubtedly play a key role in the construction of tomorrow's attractive cities, which will be calmer, greener, with a more attractive and improved living environment, where the environment will be purer. Line 4 will complete the existing transport network by serving the communes of Cagnes-sur-Mer and Saint-Laurent-du-Var.

The objectives of this new line are multiple:

   • To improve the transport offer, to reduce road traffic, to reduce the share of the car. The tramway will be able to carry around 300 passengers; 13 stations are planned instead of 4 stops for the TER;
   • Facilitate travel: the journey will take less than 20 minutes with a frequency of around 8 minutes;
   • Strengthen intermodality with the creation of three park-and-ride facilities at Saint-Laurent-du-Var station, Val Fleuri and the Sauvaigo Sports Park in Cagnes-sur-Mer;
   • Contribute to the fight against CO2 emissions in order to achieve a 55% reduction by 2030 as part of the 2025 Climate Plan;
   • Re-qualify public spaces by widening pavements and planting shared spaces. In fact, 182,000 m² will be upgraded from front to back and 800 trees will be preserved and planted (100 in Nice, 200 in Saint-Laurent-du-Var and 500 in Cagnes-sur-Mer).

The 7.1 kilometre long line will run from Nice Saint-Augustin to Cagnes-sur-Mer. It will link the Nice Saint Augustin / Grand Arénas district to the city centre of Cagnes-sur-Mer, passing through the main economic hubs of the airport, the Arénas in Nice, the railway station and the city centre of Saint-Laurent-du-Var, the Cap 3000 shopping centre, the Arnault Tzanck Institute, the Vespins district, the city centre of Cagnes-sur-Mer and the racecourse in Cagnes-sur-Mer. Line 4 of the tramway is scheduled to come into service in 2026.

Line 5

With a length of 7.6 kilometres, this line will pass through the Paillons valley, starting from the future Arts and Culture Centre (currently the Exhibition and Convention Centre) and not from Pont-Michel as initially planned. This line will serve three municipalities: Nice, La Trinité and finally Drap. It will have 16 stations and will serve a catchment area of 50,000 inhabitants and 28,000 jobs in 25 minutes (i.e. 10 to 15 minutes less than by car). Delivery planned in 3 phases:

- Phase 1, to be delivered in early 2026: Pont Michel section to Ariane Nord, with service to the Bon Voyage district
- Phase 2, to be delivered by mid-2027: Ariane Nord section to La Trinité
- Phase 3, to be delivered by 2028: Pont Michel section to the future Palais des Arts et de la Culture de Nice.


 

Redevelopment of the Place Ile de Beauté and the Port district

The Port district has undergone a profound transformation in recent years. This will be accelerated in 2019 with the opening of line 2 of the tramway, which will provide a direct link between the airport and the Port of Nice in 26 minutes.

The aim is to further enhance the assets of this district and in particular the Île de Beauté square which, with its exceptional architectural and cultural heritage, is strategically located in the heart of the city.

• Greening of the city with the creation of more than 1,150m² of vegetation and the planting of 110 trees.

• Urban quality with the redevelopment of 16,000 m² around the Church of the Port and the pedestrianisation of Rusca and Pacho streets, the redevelopment of the southern sections of François Guisol, Arson and Fodéré streets.

 
These developments will meet the expectations of the people of Nice, local residents, shopkeepers or simple walkers and will provide solutions in terms of mobility, sustainable development and quality of life.
 
The public consultation, which took place in September-October 2020, enabled the project to be refined. Following an architectural competition, the jury of which met in October 2020, the Atelier Lion Associés/Egis Villes et Transports/Marc Aurel group was chosen as the team. Their project emphasises the unity and sobriety of the square, refocused around the church, while including mobility and green spaces as an integral part of the project, with a work combining aesthetics and calm. Delivery expected in 2025.

 

Palace of Arts and Culture

A former Exhibition Centre transformed into a Palace of Arts and Culture.

The current Exhibition Centre will be converted into a Palace of Arts and Culture.  It will be equipped with an 800-seat front theatre and a 1,150-seat auditorium.
Delivery for a cultural season in 2026-2027.