Les Tertiales


State France
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level Nord-Pas-de-Calais region
District level (LAU1) Nord district
Municipality (LAU2) Valenciennes
Connection to traffic network Centre of Valenciennes, E19 and A2 motorways

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • general localization (great localization close to the border with the Belgium)
  • specific localization (city centre)
  • transport links (excellent public transport connection, tram stations‎)
  • attractiveness of the site (close to the Escaut river)
  • the size/extent of the brownfield area (large development area)
  • social status of the locality (lack of business area in the city, young people leaving, opportunity to build up public facilities – theatre and university)
  • local involvement and stakeholders´ collaboration (PPP project - the partnership was created between municipality of Valenciennes and The Chambre of Trade and Industry)

Brief description of site and current use

Factory in Valenciennes for metal pipes was closed in 1980. It is located close to the city centre of Valenciennes (43 000 inhb.). The successful partnership between local administration and The Chambre of Trade and Industry enable to purchase the property and redevelop it by building public facilities and complex with services.

Later on, all the buildings in the area were demolished and the local administration built the theatre and the university complex. The city of Valenciennes has good localization for small and medium businesses as it lies on the one of the main highways E19/A2. The area around the site was getting depopulated, but later municipality contstucted complex with services, the university and the big theatre.

All the finances came from public sources and, in spite of this, the financing was successful and the brownfield Les Tertiales was turned into an attractive area which transformed the city centre of municipality.

Original use – basic description

Original use Industrial (production of metal pipes)
Area 11 ha
Type of site Industrial site

Current state – basic description

Current use Multifunctional buildings (theatre, university and private business)
% of built-up area More than 90%
State of Environment After complete decontamination and demolition of buildings
New use from 2001
Total costs 45 mil. euro
Owner of site Syndicat mixte (In France, cooperation between local authorities à more administrations own the site) However, the main administrator is municipality of Valenciennes

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site Syndicat mixte des Tertiales
Local public administration Mayor of Valenciennes: RIQUET Dominique:
Investors participating at redevelopment

1. ANAH - Agence Nationale
pour l'Amélioration de l'Habitat
(in Valenciennes) – Local Unit of ANAH
62 boulevard de Belfort BP 289
Tél : 03 28 03 83 09

2.FEDER (Fonds européen de développement regional)

3.C.D.C (Group to serve public interest and economic development)
NGOs No data