Nantes Métropole Area Report

The Île de Nantes: an ambitious urban revitalisation project for a European metropolis

Nantes Métropole, located near the Atlantic coast, is the 5th largest urban centre in France, with 550,000 inhabitants. Watered by the upper Loire river, the city forms, along with Saint-Nazaire, the Atlantic Metropolis (population: 850,000 inhabitants).

Next door to Nantes historic city centre, the Île de Nantes (Nantes’ Island) incorporates numerous brownfield urban sites, bearing witness to the city’s industrial and naval history. The Île de Nantes is a unique opportunity for development and urban renewal in France and in Europe. The Nantes Communauté Urbaine (urban conurbation) decided to seize this potential to endow the conurbation with an urban centre of international dimension, in the very heart of the Nantes Saint-Nazaire Metropolis, whilst respecting the principles of sustainable development and territorial balance.

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