Built in 1906, the Italie train maintenance workshops – or Ateliers d'Italie – successively housed the maintenance operations of metro line 6, formerly known as "line 2 south", as well as metro line 5 trains until 1988. The workshop was then upgraded in 1973 to accommodate the new metro line 6 rolling stock (the MP73 variant).
In 2018, the site underwent a major transformation to improve employees' working conditions, adapt to new rolling stock maintenance needs and comply with new regulations. The project is part of the memorandum of understanding signed with the City of Paris to create 2,000 housing units (50% of which will be social housing) in Paris by 2024. The upgrading program led by RATP Group and its real estate subsidiaries RATP Real Estate and RATP Habitat focuses on more than just an infrastructure renovation. It will optimize its industrial assets and use them to benefit the city by promoting housing creation.
Two projects covering 1.2 hectares
Two construction sites form the two cornerstones of the program:
- The East Hall of the metro line 6 train maintenance workshop, currently being rebuilt, will be adapted to the new MP89 trains that will be introduced in 2022. Currently, approximately 50 maintenance workers maintain the 45 trains on metro line 6. The hall will eventually house three maintenance tracks designed for fitting and dismantling components located on the sides and underneath the train carriages. The new structure will also accommodate overhead travelling cranes, which are essential for work on the areas between the vehicles.
- The construction of 52 social housing units and RATP service facilities (including the future centralized control room for metro line 6). The building at 16-24 Rue Abel Hovelacque, initially used for industrial and service activities, is being fully transformed into a mixed-use space for housing and RATP service activities. The architectural project also aims to improve the urban landscape of Rue Abel Hovelacque.
In all, over 12,000 m² of space will be renovated, including 4,100 m² dedicated to housing.
- 2018 – Preparatory work for the East Hall;
- 2019 – Deconstruction and earthworks;
- 2020 – Structural work, metal structure and enclosure of the East Hall of the workshop / Structural work, enclosure and interior work of housing units;
- 2021 – Abel Hovelacque building: interior work / East Hall of the workshop: interior work;
- 2022 – Completion of the new Abel Hovelacque building (beginnig) / Tests, trial run and beginning of operations in the East Hall of the workshop.
The entire workshop features a green roof in the center of the site. In addition to being visually pleasing to the surrounding residents, the vegetation increases the roof's capacity to retain and absorb rainwater. Furthermore, it improves the building's thermal and acoustic performance, and provides a refreshing environment in the summer through evapotranspiration.
Similarly, the Abel Hovelacque building also has a green roof.
The work so far
Construction of the East Hall, which will house the maintenance site for new trains on metro line 6, is now well advanced. Structural works were completed in July 2021, and technical trade works are currently under way, as well as works on the tracks, finishing works and works on the connexions between the old Hall and the new one. The next steps will involve the installation of train maintenance lifts and bridge cranes, as well as the laying of resin floors ahead of the equipment delivery in March and April. The target is to commission the workshop in April 2022.
For the building at 16-24 Rue Abel Hovelacque, with the completion of structural work in 2020, secondary trade work was in progress in 2021. The project is scheduled for completion in the beginning of 2022.
- Designer of the urban project overall plan: Anyoji - Beltrando
- Architect of the Abel Hovelacque building: DATA Architects
- Architect of the East Hall: RATP
For more information on the project
You can download the Italie train maintenance workshops project brochure by clicking here.