Our Residential Quarter in Nantes Gets Go-ahead

Our sustainable neighbourhood for French regional developer REALITES will deliver 157 contemporary family homes, with generous communal spaces, bordering a protected woodland within Nantes’ beautiful Cens River valley.

Due to start on site in the autumn and complete in 2025, the 11,000sqm scheme is the result of a collaboration with REALITES and local Urban Design, Architecture and Landscape specialists Forma 6. Stanton Williams were appointed in 2020, after winning an invited design competition and following the our internationally acclaimed transformation of the Musée d’Arts for the same city, opened in 2017.

Surrounded by an extraordinary mature woodland that gently slopes toward the River Cens, the tenure blind scheme will deliver 26 affordable and 90 private homes designed by Stanton Williams, and 41 social housing dwellings designed by Forma 6. All of which is organised around a verdant, terraced courtyard that gives access to shared amenities and mediates between the public and the private, and between this new piece of city and the valley’s untamed nature, deliberately left untouched outside of the scheme’s perimeter.

The project builds upon the success of our Eddington Key Worker Housing, completed in 2019 for Cambridge University and shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2021, as well as on our broader residential project experience in the UK, which ranges in both scale and scope, from the design of individual family homes to high-rise residential towers, Build-to-Rent, student accommodation (Victoria Hall King's Cross, London and Emmanuel College, Cambridge University) and senior living housing (The Oren, London).