Uncover the Vieille-Mer and integrate the rain water management lakes in Seine-Saint-Denis

The legacy of rain water management structures and urban rivers could be the foundations for new uses and landscapes and also new links between key players and projects.

The pleasant valley in Georges-Valbon Park © Apur

In 2019, Apur carried out two new studies on water in the context of its partnership work programme: the first is an Atlas of Vieille-Mer and the rain water management lakes in Seine-Saint-Denis, the second proposes Guidelines for uncovering Vieille-Mer and integrating the Brouillards and Molette lakes.

The Atlas makes it possible to identify the issues connected to enhancing water in the urban context of the Department as a whole. It is an important tool for accompanying the Lake Investment Plan (PIB) adopted by the Departmental Council of Seine-Saint-Denis in September 2018. It focuses principally on the section of the plan that deals with the urban integration and aesthetics of the open air lakes. This study offers a framework for observation and widening ones urban knowledge so as to be able to compare situations and put the future of existing structures into perspective, as well as the place to be given to those of the future. 

The study on Guidelines for revisiting the Vieille-Mer expands upon the Atlas going into greater depth. It focuses on the challenges of the Georges-Valbon Park section and its surrounding areas. This sector figures in numerous aspects of the lake investment plan -PIB-: the creation of a bathing area in a natural environment, the urban integration of the Brouillard and Molette lakes, their opening to the general public (the extension of the park), preservation and enhancement of biodiversity  and particularly, the project to uncover the Vieille-Mer where it runs through the park.

This study of the area’s potential puts the issues linked to its transformation into perspective. It proposes guidelines for projects based on three main themes (accessibility, city/park links, enhancement of the hydraulic legacy) and proposes a sequenced programme plan (Croult-Morée confluence, inhabited gardens, ecological zone, panoramic viewpoints) linked to the identification of a valley that is both pleasurable and ecological. These aspirations aim to render visible and to enhance the cycle of water, showing the determination to take concrete action in an innovating and open-minded way.

Infographie - Redécouverte de la Vieille-Mer et l’intégration des bassins de gestion des eaux pluviales en Seine-Saint-Denis © Apur


Documents to download

  • Study

    Guidelines for uncovering Vieille-Mer and integrating the Brouillards and Molette lakes - Georges-Valbon Park section

    Format : pdf, 109.9 MB
  • Study

    Atlas of Vieille-Mer and the rain water management lakes in Seine-Saint-Denis

    Format : pdf, 181.84 MB
  • Synthesis

    SUMMARY - Reopening Vieille-Mer and integrating rainwater management basins

    Format : pdf, 32.74 MB

Maps to download

  • Map

    Complete Programme Plan for uncovering of the Vieille-Mer and integrating the Brouillard and Molette lakes - Georges-Valbon section

    Format : pdf, 5.88 MB