Grand parc Garonne

Creating a major natural, urban and river park

Located in south-west France, Toulouse Metropole, which has around 500,000 inhabitants in an area of 12,000 hectares, has launched a major urban project, called Grand Parc Garonne, which involves restoring the banks of the river to make it a unifying green axis and a breathing space for the conurbation.

Artelia is working on the central part of this project, the sustainable redevelopment of the Ile du Ramier.


The aim of the Grand Parc Garonne project is to restore the banks of the fleuve, along a 32 km stretch of river, and to re-establish the link between the city and nature, by developing a number of public spaces covering almost 3,000 ha in 7 communes. Within this programme, the redevelopment of the Ile du Ramier is a flagship project. Located in the heart of Toulouse, this highly fragmented, mineralised area is saturated with disparate facilities and is set to become the city’s green lung, an area dedicated to nature, sport, leisure and conviviality. This transformation will require major work to restore the vegetation on the land and banks, the island’s heritage of trees and biodiversity, while creating new access routes, paths and activities. The island will also be equipped with a new traffic plan giving priority to active modes of transport and public transport.

As part of a consortium led by AgenceTer, Artelia is providing Toulouse Métropole with full design and project supervision of the urban spaces and hydraulic infrastructures for this project, which is highly representative of the new relationships being established between the city, nature and waterways. Our teams are also in charge of all the environmental and regulatory studies, as well as the planning and coordination of the operations.

In the same spirit, Artelia is also working for Toulouse Métropole on the redevelopment and enhancement of the Canal du Midi, the Canal de Brienne and the Canal Latéral à la Garonne. Entitled Grand Parc Canal, this project is being carried out in partnership with Voies navigables de France (VNF). It covers around thirty kilometres of canal, spread across four communes, and aims to encourage urban nature and biodiversity, and to beautify and enliven the banks, while making them safer for cyclists and pedestrians.