Monaco waterfront to change drastically

On the 30 of July, the concession agreement for the Portier Cove land reclamation project was signed between the Monaco Minister of State Michel Roger and Mr Gérard Brianti, CEO of the Monegasque anonimous company l’Anse du Portier, in charge of the maritime infrastructure work. Many Monegasque companies will be included in the offshore urban extension project with Bouygues Travaux Publics.

For more than 150 years, the Principality of Monaco has opted to adapt its urban planning to the small size of its territory – just two square kilometres. The scarcity of available real estate led the Principality to extend progressively into the sea.

To support its development, the Principality is launching a new offshore urban extension project which will create a district of six hectares, with lofty ambitions in terms of sustainable development and environmental protection.

The S.A.M. Anse du Portier/Bouygues Travaux Publics Group selected

At the end of the selection process, the S.A.M. Anse du Portier/Bouygues Travaux Publics Group was in first place. The Group put forward a comprehensive and coherent proposal, supplying information enabling its capacity to implement the entire project to be assessed, and including substantial involvement from Monegasque companies and solid financial guarantees.

The exclusive negotiation phase resulted in the development of an agreement defining all of the technical arrangements (at the pilot study phase), as well as the legal and financial aspects of the project. The agreement covers the entire project and will come to an end when the whole of the new district is accepted.

A new seafront

The offshore urban extension project will create an area of six hectares, enabling the development of a new place to live in the Principality.

The land reclamation project will enable the construction of an eco-district comprising:
• 60,000 m² of largely residential space
• public facilities, an extension of Grimaldi Forum, a public car park and a marina
• a landscaped park
• a seafront promenade
• a shaded, planted passageway running the length of the Japanese Garden, the Grimaldi Forum and the new Forum extension
• pedestrian-only quays within the marina

The project will pay particular attention to environmental aspects, and focus especially on respect for the marine environment (Larvotto Reserve, Spélugues coral reef, etc.) and neighbouring areas, sites and landscapes. The district will have an eco-design and will seek environmental certifications including HQE Aménagement, BREEAM, BiodiverCity label, Clean Ports, etc. Set to begin at the end of 2016, the work should be completed by 2025.

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