Due to its central position in the heart of downtown Bordeaux, Place Gambetta will be given a makeover. A project whose main objective is to recreate a real living space around this emblematic central square.
The city of Bordeaux has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for several years now. Its exceptional architecture must be preserved and embellished for the greatest pleasure of the inhabitants but also of the tourists. After many works have been underway, it is the turn now of the Gambetta square to be renovated!
Following lengthy consultation procedures initiated in 2013, the redevelopment project was refined until the work began in 2018. The sublime facades of the 18th century will be enhanced with the redevelopment of the square.
To give back to the city a living space, the traffic of cars and buses will be rethought. Traffic will shift to the west side of the square, reserving the east side for pedestrians only. Many urban developments will be undertaken such as the extension of pavements, the installation of new public lighting, etc.
Described as a garden square, Bordeaux’s Place Gambetta has the advantage of bringing green to the city centre a little more! In addition to the anti-pollution virtues, the creation of shaded areas will allow pedestrians to admire the 18th century facades while enjoying a moment of relaxation.
Inspired by the famous English squares, this green network reconciles downtown and nature. Most of the trees will be preserved and other species will be planted.
We are all looking forward to the end of the works, scheduled for 2020, to come and spend a pleasant time around the fountain without being hindered by the flow of traffic.
Work begins in 2018
Fork expected to finish in 2020
Total cost: 7,952,940 €
Project lead by: West8 (authorised architect, Rotterdam), Sabine Haristoy (landscape designer, Bordeaux), Cetab (technical design office for road networks, Bordeaux), Les Eclaireurs (light designer, Lyon)