Plaine Saunier

Etude urbaine, 2018

After having supported the City of Paris in its bid for the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympics, Leclercq Associés is pursuing this exciting adventure by designing a new neighbourhood set to host the only new sporting facility in the Paris Olympics – the Olympic Aquatic Centre.

The Olympic Aquatic Centre (CAO) will be built on the Plaine Saulnier site in Saint-Denis, just north of the French capital.

This will present an opportunity to develop a new neighbourhood after the Games have finished. On this 12-hectare site, a commercial activity zone will be built by the Greater Paris Metropolis. 

 Located between two motorways, the A86 and the A1, the site is still impregnated with the industrial history of La Plaine, a history based on gas, production of which came to an end in the 1970s, before Gaz de France set up its research centre there. (The centre is currently on the point of moving). For the City of Paris and the Plaine Commune Public Territorial Establishment, the Olympic Aquatic Centre project represents a fine opportunity to highlight the value of this piece of land, located at the junction between La Plaine, the Porte de Paris, and Pleyel.

In this new neighbourhood, which borders the park, there will be 500 new residential units, built to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding area.

The objective is to combine residential spaces with sites dedicated to economic activities to create a genuinely lively neighbourhood, offering activities outside of working hours.

Public facilities will be built for new residents. Areas have already been allocated for a maternity school, an elementary school and a crèche. Services and shops will be located at ground floor level, bordering the park.

In spite of strong infrastructural constraints, the commercial activity zone will include a “sports mesh” linking the north and south of the neighbourhood, an east-west axis between the Stade de France, the Olympic Aquatic Centre, and Boulevard Anatole France, and a pedestrian and cyclist route between the A1 and the Avenue du Président Wilson, linking the CAO and the Plaine Saulnier neighbourhood to the Stade de France. 

A genuine, living neighbourhood will be developed around the sports hub.

The Olympic Aquatic Centre left in heritage after the Games have ended will include a 50m pool and a 25m pool for diving and swimming – which will welcome members of the public and provide lessons.

A high-level sports centre is also planned, hosting the French Swimming Federation, and the French Diving Centre, both of which will organise major events.

There will also be a sports centre, with associated activities, not far from the Stade de France.  

 The offices will be built along the A86 and Rue Jules-Saulnier – two major roads – to provide protection from noise pollution for the residential units, which will be located within the plot, close to the one hectare park designed to give structure to the neighbourhood.

Location
Saint-Denis (93)

Project Owner
MGP

Programm
An Olympic Aquatic Centre, a one-hectare square, shops and services, businesses, schools, residential units, offices

Surface
12 hectares

Date
2018-2024

Mission
Urban project management of the commercial activity zone

Partner
Franck Boutté Consultants
BASE
MAGEO

Location
Saint-Denis (93)

Project Owner
MGP

Programm
An Olympic Aquatic Centre, a one-hectare square, shops and services, businesses, schools, residential units, offices

Surface
12 hectares

Date
2018-2024

Mission
Urban project management of the commercial activity zone

Partner
Franck Boutté Consultants
BASE
MAGEO