By Maryline Troquet
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that forecourt from High school Mezeray-Gabriel and offschool Marcel Pagnolat Argentinian (adorns), instead of Robert-Dugué, was released a few days after the start of the school year after almost four months of work. It was inaugurated on Wednesday 21 September 2022.
“Its layout is continuity of what had been done within the framework of the implementation of Health center and some rehabilitation places around the rod of town hall », remembers Patricia Marquet, from Argentan Intercom (who accompanied the file technically with Michel Lerat, vice president), on Wednesday, September 21, during the inauguration.
“The idea put forward by my predecessor was to be able to give one consistency together into a territory and to ensure that the entire historical heart of the city, which goes so far, is in a logic understandable to all citizens and tourists”, explains Frédéric Leveille, Mayor and President of Argentan Intercom.
“We are basically in a square pedestrian with large pedestrian paths, which make it possible to control the flow of students”, describes Patricia Marquet.
“The main currents come from the old Rue Fontaine, which has been paved with pedestrians. A first path crosses to take you to the Marcel-Pagnol school. An entire space has been converted so that parents can wait, safe and big enough to be able to take and pick up children. Further, a large path allows to take the flow of pedestrians from high school students to bring them to the porch”.
Access is maintained for service, emergency and rental vehicles.
“We have lots of benches and seats. Large wooden benches on the high school students’ alley will be installed in the coming weeks,” as will the baskets and the rest of the furniture.
L’landscaping is not finished, the bushes must be planted at the end of October and the trees in November.
Atelier Strates en Strates, responsible for the forecourt design studio, wanted “outside the hours of entry and exit to the establishments, it should also be a living space also for the district, a space to meet and stroll,” emphasizes its representative. , Sandra Leyour.
“We tried to reuse a number of materials, especially the sandstone cobblestones on what were called biodiversity strips. Today, grass grows with weeds. The goal was to have a garden that also allows for other plants, which we in normal times rather refer to as waste, and which also participates in ecological”.
Frédéric Leveille also notes “a reduction in the waterproofing of the site. Not only is there a greater water infiltration capacity, but we also think more globally about islands of freshness in the summer and potentially warm in the winter.
“We work on a network ofpublic lighting which is as sober as possible”, continues Frédéric Leveillé, who connects the company Citeos (as he did previously with Eurovia), and Gérard Viel, vice president of Argentan Intercom in charge of roads and public lighting.
“Today we have LED public lighting, also in this area. In connection with the rehabilitation of territories, it is essential that we can have a strategy that meets the needs of the moment, to fight both against the climate crisis, but also against the significant increases in the functioning of our society”.
Among the financiers is the state, represented by Christine Royer, deputy prefect.
She notes that “Argentan is this fine example of a medium-sized city in terms of its demographics, but at the forefront of its obligations in terms of its role as the center of a large residential area and in terms of adapting to climate change”.
♦ Rebuilt city
Another funder, the Normandy region. Brigitte Choquet, regional council member, recalls that Argentan responded to a call for projects Rebuilt citiesin 2018.
Through it, “the region consistently supports the projects of Argentine citizens, which are divided into six actions, one on private buildings, three on public buildings, two on the improvement of cultural heritage. And within the framework of cultural heritage improvement, there are urban developments, such as this front yard”.
“The Norman cities that were rebuilt after the Second World War bombings present a remarkable heritage that the region wants to preserve, renovate, but also to restore the attraction to the heart of the cities. From the works that have been carried out from the Place de l’Hôtel de Wanted to the high school, it gives a different picture of our city”.
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