We can always dispute the cost, the size or the interior configuration, the debates will also be open during the validation of the architect’s choice next Thursday in the city council, but it will be very difficult to dispute its aesthetics. Because it must be admitted, it throws this future large event hall “dominantly sporty” which will be built in Eau-blanche in Quimper, at the entrance of the city and along the railway line.
3,539 seats in basketball mode
The president of the conurbation Isabelle Assih and her sports assistant Christelle Quéré were not the last to qualify it as “very beautiful” this Friday when presenting the first sketches. The director of development and major projects, Audrey Ghenasia, underlined “the generosity of the glass facades and their urban integration. This room is imposing, but it is not pretentious or pompous”.
Four architects were in the running for this project of more than 21.35 M€. And the jury, made up of six elected officials and three consulting architects, determined the winner in early March.
This is the Paris consortium Marc Mimram Architecte & Associés, including DDL architectures in Lorient, which, in the field of sports equipment, has built the Narbonne Arena, the Racing 92 Arena, the Roland-Garros courses and even the Porzou aquatic center in Concarneau. Its architectural proposal and its various configurations (3,539 seats in basketball mode, 3,005 in handball, 3,000 or 3,500 in concert) almost unanimously won the support of the judges.
18 m from the center of the field for the furthest
“We are really happy with this project, which will be a real gateway to the agglomeration,” continues Isabelle Assih. The meter is realistic compared to the pole of life. It will satisfy all sporting and cultural customs as it will host six major events every year. It’s not an Arena otherwise the prices would have been double, it’s not a gym but it’s a good compromise. †
The judges also appreciated the environmental component of the project, which features a wood and carbon-based construction, biomaterials, reinforced insulation, a wood pellet boiler and rainwater treatment through landscaped valleys. Another argument that convinced the jury, the short distance between the last row seat and the center of the field: 18 meters. The smallest of the four candidates.
The plans show a 470-space car park to the north of the hall, accessible via rue Lebon and then rue Kerhuel. No additional axes are created. If everything goes smoothly, construction should start in the last quarter of 2023 for delivery of the equipment by mid-2025.
The question of the resident club in question
Note that the construction of an adjacent annex room with a field for competitions or training has been conceived and is also shown on the visual. The agglomeration would be more inclined to implement it, but the financing for it, almost 5 M€, has not yet been found. We will know in June whether construction can start.
The question of the manner of management, and therefore of the house club – Kemper’s Rams are in the ranks – has not been decided either. A firm is working on the problem. Just like the future name of this great room. The location is great.