It's the oldest car park in the city of Lyon, managed by LPA (Lyon Parc Auto). Developed in 1969, the Halles car park, located along Rue Garibaldi, is soon to be completely transformed.
Until now, the building had been blocked between a petrol station and a walkway and was also hidden by the Halles market on one side and the stairwell onto Rue Garibaldi on the other. But since redevelopment work in the district, the building is once more visible for all to see.
And it is now being offered a new opportunity. Car drivers and tenants of the adjacent "Incity" tower will be able to continue to park in the building, but the roof, which is 25m high and currently inaccessible, is to be converted into a 360-degree rooftop garden terrace. This will create a new 1,800 sq m space. Visitors will be able to stroll around, have a drink at the refreshment stand, enjoy an ice cream at the tables provided or have a picnic in the gardens.
There will also be a restaurant on the ground floor and there is an electric scooter station which opened at the beginning of summer. "The aim of the project is to provide a space for non-car owners and create a tourist destination" adds Louis Pelaez, president of LPA.
To complete the ecological image, the site also has the first electric scooter hire station in Lyon, as well as a new urban logistics service in a 380 sq m unit in the basement which has been created in partnership with Oxipio which is also setting up in Lyon.
This will be an off-site storage site offering a delivery service for shops and restaurants which will operate from the building using electric tricycles.
Work is due to start towards the end of the year with completion planned for autumn 2017.
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