The future green lung of Montpellier – Le grand parc de Lunaret – has been announced!
Mayor of Montpellier, Michaël Delafosse, unveiled the new park project officially on Wednesday, February 15th. With the ambitions to be a new future green lung of Montpellier – Le grand parc de Lunaret seeks to combine health, leisure, sports, culture, agriculture and ecology within a complete vision. Creating a shared identity for emblematic areas of the city, the 172-hectare, future grand park will connect the existing zoo, the Montmaur wood, the Méric park, the Lavalette nautical base and the Lez nature reserve.
While the key drivers and decisions for the park are still in early development, with the city’s ambition to create the future tram line 5, the new area will be a new, accessible and green space for all residents of Montpellier to enjoy.
West 8 brings its experience of delivering connected park designs, such as our ongoing work in both Noorderpark in Amsterdam and Máximapark in Utrecht. In addition, West 8 has been working in the city of Montpellier since 2012, after winning the competition for Reconversion EAI, Ecole d’application de l’infanterie to the ‘cité Créative’. Commissioned as the project’s master planner and urban designer, West 8 has been executing the winning design and subsequent phases for over a decade. The 40ha urban landscape, including both the park of 25ha and public spaces of the former Caserne, is also connected to the planned Tram 5 line and will be an essential link for the transformation of the city.
Director of West 8 Belgium, Maarten van de Voorde presented the project announcement on the French Radio station ‘France Bleu Hérault’: LINK
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