SUSTAINABLE CITY CENTRES

LA CONFLUENCE, A NEW FORM OF SUSTAINABLE CITY

In 15 years, La Confluence has succeeded in transforming an industrial wasteland into an extension of Lyon city centre. It is also an original, attractive and sustainable development.

A NEW WAY OF LIVING AND WORKING

Lyon Confluence gives priority to buildings that are energy-efficient in their design and daily use. The contracting authorities are particularly attentive to insulation, smart grids, energy production, use of the urban heating network, and eco-design. Not to mention empowering residents to manage their consumption. They are equipped with digital tablets enabling them to:

  • monitor and regulate their consumption in real time,
  • identify areas for improvement,
  • manage their homes. 

The planners did not limit this concept to new constructions. Sensors are to be installed in each of the energy renovation operations launched at Lyon Confluence.

PROXIMITY, AN ESSENTIAL FACTOR

At Lyon Confluence, a central location is synonymous with a reduced carbon footprint. One of the conditions is good public transport connections that encourage people to walk. From the metro to the tram, bus, Navly, Vaporetto, Vélo'v, Bluely, Citiz, and other services, La Confluence offers its users many transport options to get around easily in a walkable city. The 850-space Marché-Gare shared car park also makes it possible to leave your car and use other modes of transport within the neighbourhood.

La Confluence, for sustainable mobility

AN INCREASINGLY CONNECTED CENTRAL LOCATION

Although it was once isolated, La Confluence is today an increasingly connected central area. 

The first steps:

  • the arrival of the tram (T1) on Cours Charlemagne in 2005 and extended to the Musée des Confluences and Gerland in 2014,
  • the commissioning of the Raymond Barre Bridge linking La Confluence to Gerland in 2014, 
  • the transformation of the west tunnel under Perrache station into a passageway for active modes of mobility, and the extension of the T2 tram line at the end of 2020. 

Eventually, the Girondins Bridge and the Transversale will strengthen the links between La Confluence and the neighbourhoods bordering the Rhône and Saône rivers.

ADAPTING TO GLOBAL WARMING

How can we reduce urban heat islands in Lyon, a city with a semi-continental climate, with some Mediterranean weather patterns? Restoring the permeability of ground surfaces, fertile land 2.0, 100% recycled concrete, signing of the Canopy Plan, planted inner courtyards, and development of Le Champ are all ways to create the right conditions for a desirable city for future generations.

Le Champ, fertile ground for experimentation