In 2002, the last textile mill closed in Louviers, and with it the town’s long tradition of manufacturing fabrics came to an end. The 5-hectare site, of which over half is partially wooded, is located on the Eure river, near the town centre.
The challenge is twofold: to determine the “site’s ability to reinvent itself” and to imagine uses that will allow the site to “contribute to a regional dynamic”.
The first step is to open up the Audresset site to its environment by repositioning the brownfield project in the dynamic of the redevelopment of the banks of the Eure. The site must take advantage of the proximity of the river, the green trail that runs alongside it to the east and the disused railway line that hems it to the west. Prior to any programme development, searching for East-West connections should enable to make the Audresset site more permeable thanks to the increase in non-motorised traffic. The second step is to consider the opportunity for a “nature” use of the site, oriented towards leisure activities, in keeping with the town’s policy of reclaiming wastelands and natural areas. The heritage question relates to the three main buildings, storage areas and offices, the manager’s residence and the production workshops.