European Workshops on Large Urban Projects
Session 1: Paris – London, June 9-10, 2008
Some thirty urban planning and development professionals from the Paris and the London regions met on June 9th and 10th to try and understand how Brownfield sites were regenerated on either side of the Channel. The Royal Arsenal in Woolwich and Rochester Riverside in Medway were chosen as examples in the Thames Gateway, and the Plaine Saint-Denis and Paris Nord Est in the Paris region.
The idea for this workshop originated at the international conference organised by the Urban Planning and Development Agency for the Paris/Ile de France region (IAU îdF) in Paris on November 22nd and 23rd 2007 which looked at large scale urban (re)development projects in Europe. Paul Lecroart (IAU îdF) and Sebastian Loew (University of Westminster) conceived the idea of bilateral exchanges to study in greater detail the how and the why of a limited number of cases.
During two very productive days, the participants visited sites, heard presentations from those involved in the projects at different levels of responsibility, debated and questioned. The outcome of the workshop is a deeper understanding of how major project overcome difficulties to turn out as (relative) successes, in the different context of each side of the Channel.
The workshop was organised under four headings:
- Who decides and carries the project through?
- How is the project designed and implemented?
- Who pays for what?
- What are the results?
In London and the South East of England, the two regional development agencies involved (LDA and SEEDA), the local authorities (Design for London for the Greater London Authority, Greenwich Council, and Medway Renaissance), English Heritage, a consultant (EDAW) and a developer (Crest Nicholson) explained their roles in the two schemes studied.
In the Paris region, the workshop involved the main stakeholders of the regeneration of the area: the Ile de France Regional Council, the City of Paris, the Plaine Commune local authority, four public development agencies (Plaine Commune Développement, SODEDAT, SEMAVIP and EPA Plaine de France), a consultant (Bres & Mariolle), and two private developers (Icade and Meunier).
The lessons from this workshop will be drawn with the help of all the participants and a note will be edited on this website. In the meanwhile, the material (presentations, notes, maps, etc.) produced for this workshop can be downloaded here. More material on the Plaine Saint-Denis and Paris Nord Est regeneration projects can also be found on the November 22nd and 23rd 2007 site visits pages.
Royal Arsenal (Greenwich)
Mark Baigent (London Borough of Greenwich), Greenwich regeneration strategy
Tobias Goevert (Design for London, London Mayor Office), Guidance on public realm
Rochester riverside (Medway)
Plaine Saint-Denis (Plaine Commune) / Paris North East (Paris)
Jean-Pierre Dayras, Plaine Commune local authority (in French)
David Cocheton (Plaine Commune Développement), Landy-France project (in French)
Isabelle Vallentin (SODEDAT93), Montjoie project and its evolution (in French)
Béatrice Mariolle (consultant), Montjoie (Meunier site) urban design code (in French)
Agnès Defosse (Regional Council), Investments in Plaine Saint-Denis 1994-2013
Benoît de Saint Martin (City of Paris) & Dominique Givois (SEMAVIP), Overview and Claude Bernard-Macdonald sites (in French)
Olivier Guillouet (Icade), A private developer's strategy (in French)
Hervé Dupont (EPA Plaine de France), A development agency's strategy (in French)
Royal Arsenal (Greenwich)
The Warren - Royal Arsenal
Rochester Riverside (Medway)
Plaine Saint-Denis / Paris North East
Plaine Saint-Denis Paris North East
Paris North East