Through Hugues-Olivier Dumez
The bulldozers have done their work. At the foot of the hill of Jolimont, just three metro stations from the Capitole, the Aeronautical Test Center of Toulouse (CEAT) is now history.
A future neighborhood sort of earth
Visible from the viaduct of the line A from the metro, this land which belonged to the army today looks like a no man’s land in the middle of the city.
Gradually closed from the 2000s, the test center was extended to a more modern site in Balma.
The enormous land of more than ten hectares is now the property of Toulouse Métropole. Instead, a major development operation is underway.
In this future district, baptized Guillaumet, it is planned – among other things – the construction of 1,200 housing, of which 45% social rental, by 2025.
It is one of the most important development operations in the city.
The developer selected for the project is a consortium made up ofAltarea Cogedim and of Crédit Agricole Immobilier.
Many amenities for the neighborhood
The project is ambitious. It also provides for the creation of ” 21,000 m² of neighborhood facilities “. As such, the gymnasium and the old wind tunnel have been preserved.
” There will be a third place inside the blower ”, indicates Emmanuelle Brassier, promotion director in charge of major projects for Cogedim.
What will this third place consist of? “A call for projects will be launched”, announces Emmanuelle Brassier. One choice is certain: this site must have a “metropolitan dimension”.
The two preserved fireplaces
The two fireplaces which will be “a central place for the district” have also been preserved, “for the memory of the place”.
The developer plans for this place “a place of life” with a public garden of nearly one hectare, an associative bistro, an urban farm, a repair workshop, associative premises and shared gardens.
Close to the metro station Jolimont, around 8,500 m2 of offices is part of this mixed program combining shops, housing, sports and municipal facilities, etc.
A gym and a Dojo will rise from the ground near the avenue Yves Brunaud and the metro station Rose garden. On the avenue side Henri guillaumet, a nursery will be built and tennis courts and a clubhouse will be installed.
The first building permits were obtained in 2020. And “the first deliveries should take place during the fourth quarter of 2022”, details the company Altarea Cogedim. Deliveries must then be spread out until 2025.
A football stadium was to begin to emerge. It will be transformed into a “playground” with City stadium and outdoor fitness equipment.
“We have opted for sports facilities open to all”, explains Emmanuelle Bressier, “with a large green space surrounded by an athletics track”.
Relocation of the administrative city
On the other hand, at the foot of the Butte de Jolimont, the Art Deco building Lemaresquier – a classified site of 14,000 m² – will be restored to accommodate the future Administrative City which leaves the city center. The project involves the construction of a new building of approximately 15,000 m2.
“We are still in the competition phase”, specifies Christophe Escassut, project manager for the construction of the new administrative city. “The winner will be designated at the end of the year”.
In total, approximately 1600 people will work in this new administrative city on the Lemaresquier site. “The move is scheduled for mid-2024,” he concludes.
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