KCAP Architects&Planners has been selected by Societe d’Amenagement de l’Agglomeration de Montpellier to develop the €250m Quartier Gare TGV business district on the outskirts of Montpellier around the site of the future TGV railway station.
KCAP will collaborate with landscape architects ILEX and sustainability advisor Oasiis for the project.
The development, known as Oz Montpellier Nature Urbaine will spread across 350ha area around the future TGV station to be constructed in the south of the city.
The area will be developed into a mixed urban district with 5,000 residences, parks, gardens, commercial and recreational facilities, as well as 350,000m² of office space to accommodate around 1,500 companies.
Oz Montpellier Nature Urbaine will also feature 50,000m² to 80,000m² for hotels and leisure activities, while 200ha of the scheme will be dedicated for green space.
France is building 60km of TGV railway line between Montpellier and Nimes after the current line exceeded its capacity.
The Montpellier-Nimes line will cost €2bn while the TGV station will cost €150m. The line is expected to be complete in 2017.
Oz Montpellier Nature Urbaine development will be located between the city of Montpellier, the airport and the Mediterranean Sea along the future railway line and the new A9 motorway.
KCAP partner Kees Christiaanse said that in order to direct this development in a sustainable way over a long period, the company designed a framework of public spaces with the landscape as an important base and driver.
"This framework, that carefully incorporates the new infrastructure, allows for a phased development that is open for change but that creates a strong identity at the same time," Christiaanse said.
Validation of the masterplan is expected in the summer of 2013 and the first offices are scheduled to be completed in late 2017.