State France
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level L’Aquitaine region
District level (LAU1) Pyrenées-Atlantiques district
Municipality (LAU2) Oloron-Sainte-Marie municipality
Connection to traffic network Main access  from la Rue de Deux Gaves (name of the street), access provided by two footbridges stretching over the little river Le Gave d’Aspe to la Rue Rocgrand, and over the river Le Gave d’Ossau to la Rue Palassou

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • general localization (great localization close to the border with the Spain)
  • specific localization (city center)
  • transport links (excellent public transport connection, city center)
  • attractiveness of the site (area with outstanding view, attractive ambience, along the river)
  • local involvement and stakeholders´ collaboration (public investment by local community)
  • place marketing (it is close to the school facilities for further development of youth)
  • price of the land/property (low cost)

Brief description of site and current use

A locality was a former factory of company Pottier in Oloron-Saint-Marie – approximately 12,000 people. The city is close to bigger city Pau (90,000 inh.) – 30km. The factory was abandoned in 1980. The area embodies a familiar urban narrative of buoyancy and later decline, as once thriving factories decayed into a grungy, post-industrial wasteland sundered from the rest of the town. The monobloc building (where Médiatheque is now) was built in early 20th century and was made to harvest energy by watermills. Also, the part of the factory was a small hydroelectric powerplant which was perserved and serves as a visual part of the Centre nowadays. The main target was to redevelop the whole site and neglected area. The owner of the whole area 5055 sq. m. is the municipality, thus the cost was lower. Since there was no decontamination needed, they started by building footbridges (company RTS) to connect the site from both banks of the rivers. The company Corajoud managed landscape and environment. One of the most important advantages lies in the quality of landscape of the area. Pyrenean mountain rivers and their wild banks in contrast with historic city. The main object was to preserve an outstanding view. The site won praise and the architect of the building, Pascale Guedot, was awarded the highest price in 2006 for designing this successful redevelopment project.

Original use – basic description

Original use Industrial
Area 0,5 ha
Type of site Industrial site

Current state – basic description

Current use Municipal media and library centre
% of built-up area Almost 90%
State of Environment Very good, decontamination wasn’t necessary
New use from 2010
Total costs 7,577,597 €
Owner of site Community of district Piémont Oloronais  

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site Community of Municipalities of Piedmont Oloron
Local public administration la Communauté de Communes du Piémont Oloronais
Investors participating at redevelopment GEC Ingénierie - bet@gec-ingenierie.fr
NGOs No NGOs involved in the project