The French National Town Entry and Urban Fringe Recovery Competition!
We list the award winners in the 15th edition of the French National Town Entry and Urban Fringe Recovery contest organized by Sites & Cités Remarquables de France and our partner the Fédération Patrimoine Environnement.
What is the French National Town Entry and Urban Fringe Recovery Competition about?
The National Town Entry and Urban Fringe Recovery Competition is organised by our partner the Fédération Patrimoine Environnement and Sites & Cités Remarquables de France with backing from the French Ministry of ecological and supportive transition and the Ministry for Culture.
The objective of this contest is to reward public authorities that have executed one or more exemplary operations to recover urban fringes and improve the looks of town entry points. Candidates are communities with over 2,000 inhabitants having completed or undertaken operations over the last five years.
The 15th edition award winners
On Tuesday, 16th October 2018, the jury – co-chaired by the President of Patrimoine-Environnement Alain de la Bretesche and the Vice-president of Sites & Cités Remarquables de France and deputy mayor of Chartres Patrick Géroudet – met with the Ministry for Culture to designate the public authority prize winner.
For this edition, several candidates attracted the French National Town Entry and Urban Fringe Recovery contest. The city of Chorges (Hautes-Alpes) stood out by its ability to solve several problems including the road infrastructure, the proximity of a shopping mall and the view over the village and the mountains as well hoarding control.
An excellent approach initiated by the technical services, elected officials and technical partners who successfully completed a totally relevant project despite the many tourists.
The jury logically awarded a special mention to Cantenay-Epinard (Maine-et-Loire) for the landscaping of the Mayenne river banks for the coherence of the project and its execution. In addition, the tourist development objective was brilliantly achieved thanks to the participative approach and the greening of former car parks which contributed to project sustainability.
On 13th December 2018, the national Town Entries conference was held in Paris. All the public authority contest candidates met up for discussions about entry points, peripheral spaces and sustainable development. This was when the awards were presented to the winners with communications focused on their projects.
Once again contest organisation was perfect. The award-winners impressed us and we are eagerly awaiting the next edition. This contest makes it possible to share new ideas and demonstrate top quality designs and executions upgrading town entries and urban fringes on a national scale.