Auneuil (FR)

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Auneuil (FR)

Scale L urban and architectural
Team representative architecte, landscaper
Location Auneuil, Oise (60)
Population 2.864 inhabitants
Strategic site 250 ha - Project site 12.7 ha

Site proposed by Ville d’Auneuil, Agglomération du Beauvaisis, DDT 60 dans le cadre du programme “Petite Ville de Demain“
Actors involved Ville d’Auneuil, Agglomération du Beauvaisis, DDT 60, UDAP de l’Oise, EPF local de l’Oise
Owner(s) of the site Ville d’Auneuil, propriétaires privés

Commission after competition urban pre-operational study and/or urban and operational project management of public and landscaped spaces and/or architectural contrat

More Information

Urban City Strategy

Auneuil is located 12 km from Beauvais. It is part of a network of small towns that are attracting new inhabitants because they offer a desirable living environment in a dynamic employment pool.
Auneuil is characterized by the richness of its industrial heritage (production of ceramics, bricks, tiles) whose remains of the factory disused since 1982 still mark the territory. These industrial entities are disconnected from the city, which is organized without any real centrality, the amenities have dispersed according to the opportunities.
The stakes of the site invite to rethink the industrial heritage in a new urban dynamic, to propose a qualitative habitat adapted to the rural landscape and the existing heritage, to imagine an innovative and collaborative process of transformation of the territory.

Site Definition

The project site is inspired by the contours of the ZAC Boulenger (which was not completed in the operational phase), which provided for the creation of about 300 housing units and the requalification of heritage buildings.
The project site area extends on a north-south crescent and contains the former ceramic factory classified as a historical monument, now to be redesigned while preserving its architectural qualities.
Many industrial activities are declining and some abandoned buildings are looking for new vitality. Unqualified spaces are also fragmenting the territory.
The northern part of the site is crossed in length by the Trans 'Oise. It is a landscaped axis of soft mobility that is established on the route of the old railroads and represents a strong potential for discovery of the territory.

How Must Metabolism and Inclusivity Be Developed and Connected?

The theme of this session raises the question of the urban ecosystem as a paradigm, a paradigm that elucidates milieus and takes us beyond the binary division between town and country. The spectrum of analysis needs to be opened up in order to lay the foundations and generate synergies for a lively and environmentally friendly town.
The transformation of these wasteland landscapes by the creation of productive interfaces can activate these spaces, which await identity and purpose. These interfaces generate relations between habitat and services, farming and urban fabric, places and populations, and generate a dialogue between humans, nature and their environment. These situations are not frozen. They are part of an evolving and adaptable process.
The system put in place must therefore be sensitive to everything around it, respectful of cycles and time. The goal is to come forward with regenerative projects that incorporate nature and biodiversity. For example, the aim should be to minimise carbon footprints while taking account of the imperatives of social equity, urban quality and sustainable development.
Inhabited develop to form ecosystems. These ecosystems are fragile and require the greatest care to enable them to adapt. Each element becomes indispensable and contributes to the network that feeds the milieu.
This desire for vitality relies as much on the "already there" as on new actors, future inhabitants to whom we must offer something extra, a high added value in order to reinvent rurality and heritage. The viability of the project must be economic, but also social, environmental and political.

Questions on the site

Would it be possible to send us the plans as well as a maximum of information on the construction projects in progress in Auneuil (gendarmerie, housing, allotments...)? The objective is to propose a realistic project, in accordance with the short-term evolution of the town. Thanks to you.

  • At the place called Sous l'Hermitage (zone AA) two projects are in progress: The gendarmerie and a housing estate: the map (FR-AUNEUIL-PS-M12) is available for download in the file 0-New_Docs_after_Launch, of the complete site folder.
  • At the place called l'Ecorcherie (zone AA) a subdivision project at the initiative of the commune. The acquisition of the land is in progress: the map (FR-AUNEUIL-PS-M13) is available for download in the file 0- New_Docs_after_Launch, of the complete site folder.

Would it be possible to send us a map of Auneuil showing the parcels belonging to the city? Exhibit PS-M2 does not seem to be sufficiently up to date following the city's explanations during the visit (e.g.: the halls in which the city is planning a gymnasium do not appear as city property in the PS-M2 plan).

Indeed, the northern area is partly wrong. Here is a more accurate view: The map (FR-AUNEUIL-PS-M14) is available for download in the file 0-New_Docs_after_Launch of the complete site folder.

Would it be possible for you to send us as many drawings as possible (dwg or pdf) of the buildings belonging to the yellow sector of the Auneuil site: halls to the north next to the ceramics factory (printing, storage), exhibition store (Saint Gobain), buildings of the former tile factories (Sotrasur and sawmill)?

The site does not have this information.

We would like to know if it is possible to have the plans of the main site’s buildings in particular: the Collin- Muller Factory, the building occupied by the gas tank reconditioning company and the western wing of the “bâtiment d’exposition inscrit MH” .

The site does not have this information. 

Is there a minimum of housing units that we should guarantee in our project? The previous ZAC was taking into account around 300 new units. Should we take this as a valid number of housing units for the entire area?

The programming is left free. It must be relevant to the proposed project.

For the buildings inside the area that are standing on private ground: is it possible to propose a new function for the buildings? In particular: the shed area (today in use) on the northern part of the Boulenger factory; the Colling Muller Factory and the building occupied by the gas tank reconditioning company.

Some of the land is owned by the city. For the buildings located on private land and within the yellow perimeter, the candidates will be able to put forward hypotheses for the evolution of these buildings. The proposals must be relevant to the context.

On page 44 of the site brief, there is a dark green area property of the Departement de l’Oise, we would like to know if it is possible to build upon this area.

This dark green zone corresponds to the route of the Trans 'Oise. Its function is to accommodate soft traffic. The candidates will have to take into account these existing uses and integrate them in a project.

Is it possible to shift or deviate the actual path occupied by the Trans’Oise?

The recently completed Trans 'Oise stops in front of the Boulenger house museum. The route follows the old railroad tracks. The candidates will have to integrate the Trans'Oise in their project.

For the Boulenger factory, is it possible to think that the whole complex will become a cultural and educative pole regarding the history of the ceramic production? Do you have any other functional specifications?

Even if at different times in its history, the Boulenger house or the entire Boulenger area has been destined to become a museum, the site does not want this area to become a museum space.

The programming is left free. It must be relevant to the proposed project.

This site is connected to the following theme

Reinventing Rurality and Productive Heritage

Care is about recognizing the vulnerability of our living milieu. It is about finding new design ways to pay attention to marginalized, hurt, or ignored areas and help to repair them.
These sites are heritage-related, regarding previous forms of production or related to rurality. Part of the challenge is about taking care of such areas with little means of economy by revalorizing the existing as an asset to living and working in the countryside.

Specific documents

Questions on the site

Fr. 18 June 2021
Deadline for submitting questions

Fr. 2 July 2021
Deadline for answers

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Aerial view of the project site perimeter
Aerial view on the town of Auneuil
The Boulenger factory
Avenue du Maréchal Foch
Former Collin-Muller factory
Boulenger factory: the director's house