Anse du Portier: services for the city
By its scale and floor space, the offshore extension construction programme is an opportunity to make major investments, benefiting other essential infrastructures, for the overall attractiveness of Monaco and the well-being of its inhabitants.
The expansion of the Grimaldi Forum is a good example. With the creation of Anse du Portier, this centre dedicated to business tourism and culture, which attracts 250,000 visitors each year, will see its surface area increase by 10,000 m2. This growth is crucial for this company and more broadly for the country’s economy. This development would not have been possible without the emergence of the new district.
In a completely different register, the Japanese garden is another illustration of this positive impact. The construction of a pedestrian path from this municipal park to Anse du Portier is an opportunity to groom and expand the park, which was created 25 years ago. With its subtle combination of Japanese tradition and Mediterranean features, it is an ideal transition to the wild pine forest of the offshore extension. During this work, the irrigation system of the Japanese garden is also being reorganised and modernised.
The Japanese garden (left) will open on the Anse du Portier district. Photo © Principauté de Monaco – SAM L’Anse du Portier – Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Valode & Pistre Architectes – Michel Desvigne Paysagiste.
The Japanese garden and the work in progress in November 2019. Photos © SAM L’Anse du Portier.
Public and private facilities located in the areas bordering Anse du Portier benefit from the restructuring of the adjacent areas that is necessary for the startup of the eco-district.
This is the case for the redevelopment of the Portier roundabout.
The operations carried out are essentially underground. Their primary objective is the construction of the “virole”, a helical structure which allows vehicles to access and exit the new eco-district. It was necessary to descend to a depth of nine metres to build this structure.
The Portier roundabout in November 2019. Photo © MC Clic.
In the “virole” itself, a 3,000 m3 storm basin has been created. Located in a natural basin at the foot of rocky massifs, the Principality of Monaco is in fact the receptacle for rainwater flowing towards the sea. In the event of very heavy rainfall, which is now regularly the case, this basin will facilitate the management of rainwater overflows, thus avoiding the overflow of wastewater.
The “virole” and the storm basin. Illustration © SAM L’Anse du Portier.
It was also necessary to divert the existing networks: drinking water, wastewater, gas and electricity distribution by the Société Monégasque d’Électricité et de Gaz (SMEG), multitubular links from telephone operator Monaco Telecom for telephony and all services related to data transport and security cameras. These works have made it possible to modernise many pieces of equipment.
The Portier roundabout and the Anse du Portier district. Photo © SAM L’Anse du Portier.
The Portier roundabout will be completed in spring 2020. It will be the first structure put into service for the public, as part of the creation of the Anse du Portier district.
It will also be covered by a green space that will constitute a transition zone between the gardens usually found in Monaco (characterised by the omnipresence of tropical plants), and the Anse du Portier district (typically Mediterranean).