Parc des Iles
Drocourt, Hénin-Beaumont, Rouvroy
The former coking plant in Drocourt, and Le Parc des Iles: empty space for new urbanity
At the centre of the project was a sterile site surrounded by three slag heaps, and a mine that was still operating at the time of the call for tenders: 150 hectares of interstices between three mining communities. How could this black hole avoid turning into a green hole?
There was the novel idea of making water central to the broader picture, with a Parc des Iles (« park of islands ») as one of the driving forces of the overall approach, and with the 150 hectares of slag heaps as the real issue, the real scale of reflection…
A spontaneous appropriation by the local people and associations, in this new landscape of industrial geography, carried the day. There were numerous difficulties about governance and management, but the park of islands gradually became a catalyst of a future, new-generation urban framework, as a platform for leisure, habitat and activities.