Atelier LD | The Mail urban development plan
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The Mail urban development plan

Nature and the city

The Mail urban development plan

Nature and the city

The city of Saint-Pierre on Réunion Island began developing the Mail Urban Development Project (ZAC) as part of its urban renewal programme. It aims to reposition the historical centre at the heart of the conurbation, and in the wider context of the Grand Sud region.

The master plan scope of work includes the grid-pattern streets of the city centre, the upgraded Mail urban development area, and improved access to the banks of the River Abord – with a soft transition going from urban to natural landscapes.

The development’s objectives include:

  • highlighting the urban fabric and showcasing aspects of its heritage,
  • renewing public spaces by placing importance on pedestrians – and creating spaces that connect with the habits and expectations of users,
  • boosting the commercial attractiveness of the city centre,
  • forging a structured link between the city and the landscape by developing a green belt.


Société Immobilière du Département de la Réunion


Development of banks of the River Abord and the “Esplanade” public space at the heart of the Mail urban development zone – Sainte-Pierre, Réunion Island.


Urban and masterplanning study – Urban development, landscaping and roads & utilities (VRD)


SaintePierre, Réunion Island (974)

Design team

ATELIER LD (landscape design, urban design (lead designer) // LD Austral // CER (dry networks)


Year: 2014 – ongoing //Area: 1.5 hectares // Cost of work: €1M excluding tax

Réunion Island, Tropical city