In 2011, the City Council and the Marseille Provence Métropole published a tender for the redevelopment of the old port of Marseille, in order to make it more accessible for pedestrians, as the main activity of the port now is for sports and leisure activities.
Tags: Ports, Urban Regeneration, Spatial Planning
Project type Port redevelopment
Promoter City Council and Marseille Provence Metropole
Start date 2011
End date 2013
Site size 12.000 m2
Budget 45.000.000 Euros
The old port of Marseille is located in a natural bay in the centre of the city and is Europe’s largest dock area in urban setting. The central districts were built around the port, which was used as main port for goods transportation until the 19th century, when the transportation was moved to the new port.
During the 20th century, the port fell into neglect and around 80% was occupied by unauthorised constructions. This and the fact that priority was given to private vehicles, made the area uncomfortable for pedestrians.
In 2009, the City Council and the Marseille Provence Métropole began the promotion of the renovation of the port. In 2011, they published a tender for the redevelopment, which was structured in two parts.
The first one cleared obstacles and vehicular transport from the 12.000 m2 occupied by the port’s three wharves, which were uniformly paved to create continuity. Now, the central avenue has 60% of its surface for pedestrians. In addition, a great rectangular canopy of 1.000 m2 was built to provide shadow areas for pedestrians, as well as accommodate large-scale open-air events. The second phase aims to improve the public spaces of the neighbourhoods adjacent to the port.