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[5/13/2019] An ‘Environmental Excellence’ project near Château de Versailles

In recent months, the Watelet TP Plaisir division has been active in very close proximity – just a few metres from – Château de Versailles, an official national historical monument in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The project, which is sited at the turning where rue de l’Indépendance-Américaine meets rue Pierre de Nolhac, has obtained approval from architects at Bâtiments de France (a government agency that oversees the country’s historical buildings). It calls for redevelopment and repair activities as well as roadworks.
The project targets multiple objectives: first, strengthen road structure to withstand T3 traffic (that is, between 100 and 150 heavyweight vehicles per day on average); and, subsequently, build a safe bicycle path for users who prefer low-impact means of mobility. Concurrently, teams have widened the esplanade and pavements leading to the castle to ensure greater safety for pedestrians.
Staff was enjoined to minimise the works’ impact on local residents, merchants, and users and also to adjust the sequence of scheduled operations to comply with specific requirements (including monitoring the deployment of advertising, protecting the visual integrity of areas leading to the monument, and ensuring high-quality on-site interventions). For instance, cobbles similar to the existing paving stones were used to ensure continuity and unity in the turning connecting rue de Nolhac and rue de l’Indépendance-Américaine, showcase the Château’s cobbled ramp and open-sky fountain, and ensure visual consistency for the monument as a whole.
Teams from Watelet TP also oversaw traffic management: while light-vehicle traffic was not suspended, access was prohibited for heavy vehicles and buses.
Watelet TP Plaisir’s teamwork and attention to local residents, Château de Versailles, and the city of Versailles was rewarded with the ‘Environmental Excellence’ label, which was granted on January 8, 2019, in the ‘consideration for local residents’ category. The Environmental Excellence label was created by Eurovia in May 2016 to recognise initiatives that help protect the environment at worksites and to foster employee involvement in these initiatives. The label is awarded following an internal audit process based on an evaluation grid featuring 44 criteria that must all be met. In addition to sharing basic attributes required for achieving Environmental Excellence, all projects must identify one or more features that meet specific requirements with regard to exemplary environmental management.

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