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Quai des Antilles

Redevelopment of the Quai des Antilles and Quai Wilson

Initiated in 2005 with an estimated completion date of summer 2007, the redevelopment of the Quai des Antilles and Quai Wilson is part of the renewal project of the former port sites running from boulevard Léon Bureau to the western tip of the island.

The first phase of work began on the Quai des Antilles in December 2006, and the Quai and the Banana Hangar opened on June 1, 2007 for the launch of the Estuary art event.

  • Phase 1: redevelopment of the Quai des Antilles and Quai Wilson between December 2006 and June 2007
  • Phase 2: redevelopment of the Boulevard des Antilles from autumn 2007 to spring 2008.

The work highlights both the site’s history and the new uses of the area. Cobblestones and rails were conserved, and paths were created for disabled people and bicycles. All along the Quai, natural plant life was accentuated to create a tree-lined walkway. Along the Loire, a simple railing was installed for safety reasons. The view of the Estuary and the city is enhanced by the Rings, a permanent installation created by artist Daniel Buren and architect Patrick Bouchain in June 2007 for the 1st edition of the bi-annual Estuary art event.

From November 2007 to June 2008, work was done on the Boulevard des Antilles to accommodate all transportation modes and facilitate public access to the western tip of the island. Broad sidewalks and bicycle lanes were built. Along the boulevard, the terminus of bus line 58 and some 100 parking places were built. On Quai Wilson, a parking lot with 350 places was opened in summer 2007.

Technical information

Type : Public Spaces - status : Completed