A heritage project

Published on 15 November 2018 - Updated 17 December 2021

Developing a heritage-based project above all means crafting a solution that engages with the character and unique features of the site. Heritage bears witness to the history of uses and the different ways in which the place has been occupied over time. Its recognition is a driver for effectively adapting the place to current and future uses.

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  • Pour concevoir un projet prenant en compte la V.U.E., il faut :
    • identifier les permanences de composition patrimoniale du lieu ;
    • composer avec les échelles de perception : le projet relève-t-il du grand paysage, de la monumentalité, de l'échelle domestique ou de l'effacement ? 
    • définir un parti intégrant les règles de conception du projet : modes d’implantation, perspectives, typologie des espaces et des volumes, composition des façades, type de matériaux ainsi que les lignes-forces du paysage, la qualité des espaces, le renforcement des axes de perspective, l’entrée dans le site...
  • Cette démarche de projet suppose un diagnostic patrimonial, préalable et partagé entre les parties prenantes, maîtrise d’ouvrage et partenaires, concepteurs et usagers et un parti fondé sur des choix de valorisation patrimoniale prenant en compte les périmètres et règles de protection et les attendus socio-économiques de développement.



of local authorities in the Loire Valley have pledged to include the notion of World Heritage in their urban planning documents  

Link experiences

Developing the "Loire-city centre" of Blois

2012 - 2017

The development of the "Loire-city centre" is giving a new focus point to the...

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Saint-Libert Chapel

2011 - 2015

On 13 May 2016, the newly restored old Saint-Libert chapel was inaugurated. A...

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How to ?

  • An operational scope that is broad enough to encompass the diversity of expectations expressed and the different scales for understanding the OUV
  • A complete assessment
    • Inventory of the protection perimeters of protected spaces in terms of natural and/or cultural heritage as well as in terms of exposure to natural flooding risks (alluvial meadows) and landslides or caving-in (banks near hillsides with hollowed out caves) and the associated requirements
    • Assessment of the historical, environmental and landscape characteristics, not least those associated with the Outstanding Universal Value of the site.
    • Analysis on the extent of ownership across the site (one or more landowners) and delegations of territorial management authority.
  • A detailed programme
    • Quantification of the aims and identification of the necessary developments for achieving the aims, with systematic consideration of the reversibility of infrastructure, which is a requirement in flood-prone areas.