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Porte de Loire

At the heart of the redevelopment of the top of the Rue Nationale in Tours, the historic entrance of this royal city, the Porte de Loire project consists of two symmetrical units containing hotels, shops and housing. Anchored in the history and heritage of the city, it responds to the scales of the territory and the neighborhood to guarantee the connection with its environment and to create a new contemporary public space, facing the river.

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    Tours Porte de Loire photo

    Informations

    Type of projectNew construction
    ProgrammeMixed
    Contracting authorityEiffage Immobilier Grand Ouest

    LocationTours, France
    Completion date2021
    Surface area11 072 m²

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    We want to restore to this historic entrance of the heart of the city the majesty, the status, the vitality, the quality that it deserves.

    Serge Babary, Mayor of Tours

    At the city level, the project is rooted in tradition with the materials and colours used, but looks to the future with its contemporary design

    Andrew Hobson / associate architect Arte Charpentier

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    Hilton 3* hotel (70 keys) and Hilton 4* hotel (100 keys), 3,430 m² of shops, including 4 shops, 2 restaurants, 3 supermarkerts. 15 housing units

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    Concept

    An historic and royal city entrance, transformed by the arrival of the tramway, the Porte de Loire project in Tours aims to amplify the cultural and commercial potential of the city and to make it a major tourist destination in the Loire Valley.

    On the banks of the Loire, the top of the rue Nationale opens onto the river, the cultural and commercial life of the city of Tours. The site underwent a major overhaul following the destruction of the Second World War, and is now the subject of a major development project. The Set (Touraine Equipment Company) supports the various actors and makes the link between them in order to facilitate multiple interventions.

    Arte Charpentier Architectes’ Porte de Loire project consists of two hotels, shops and housing. This mixed programme is organised into two symmetrical units on either side of the street. Two 7-storey towers for the Hilton Group hotels mark the entrance on rue Nationale and both rest on a platform intended for shops. Their height does not exceed that of the bell tower of the Saint-Julien church (an adjacent monument) in order to fit into the existing composition. They have glass facades on the Loire side, to reflect the river and the sky, and metal and stone facades on the city side, to accentuate the end of the urban composition and the arrival at the river. The colour choices of the facades on the city side make the link with the rest of the new Porte de Loire square and the heart of the city.

    The project is rooted in the history and heritage of the city and responds on three scales to guarantee the connection with its environment. The scale of the territory, through a contemporary architecture that is part of the route of the Loire Valley; the scale of the city, with an architecture connected to that of Pierre Patout (the architect of the post-war rehabilitation); and the scale of the neighbourhood, by offering a programme in dialogue with the heart of the block.

    Designed for residents and visitors, the top of rue Nationale marks the entrance to the Loire Valley and offers a strong identity to the city of Tours.

    Programme

    Organisés autour d’un espace commun identifié comme une rue intérieure réalisée en double hauteur, les différents espaces de formation pouvant accueillir jusqu’à 300 étudiants sont répartis sur 2 niveaux :
    • 7 salles de cours,
    • 9 laboratoires,
    • une salle d’analyse sensorielle,
    • un knowledge center,
    • un espace de coworking,
    • un back office et des locaux administratifs.
    • Un espace de vente à emporter
    • et 2 restaurants ouverts au public, également en double hauteur, complètent les espaces de formation dédiés aux étudiants.
    Au sous-sol se trouvent des espaces de réception, de réserves, de stockage, de mise en place et un parking de 54 places.

    Equipe

    Contracting authority
    – Contracting authority/developer: Eiffage Immobilier
    – Investor : La Set
    – Hotel users: Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Hampton
    – Hotel investor-operator: NAOS

    Project management
    – Architect: Arte Charpentier (Andrew HobsonPatricia GiovanniniCamila Scalisi)
    – Interior design for the hotels: Studio 28 Architecture
    – Economist: Simonneau
    – Surveyor: Volte & Rousseau
    – Electricity and FSS: ICC
    – Acoustics: Acoustique & Conseil
    – Thermals: B.E.D Thermique
    – Urban planning: SEURA Architectes
    – Control office, H&S coordinator: Qualiconsult
    – General company: Eiffage Construction

    Specificities
    – Address: Rue Nationale 37000 Tours
    – Photo credits: Boegly Grazia
    – Photo-video credits: Empreinte Digitale

    Informations

    Type of projectNew construction
    ProgrammeMixed
    Contracting authorityEiffage Immobilier Grand Ouest

    LocationTours, France
    Completion date2021
    Surface area11 072 m²

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