Porte de la Chapelle is being redeveloped for the Paris 2024 Games

Updated on 14/05/2024
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With the opening of the Arena at Porte de la Chapelle (18e arrondissement) on february 11th, the redevelopment of the area is now underway.
New beginnings for Porte de la Chapelle! This emblematic gateway to northern Paris will play host to part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games this year, with the staging of several events at the Arena. But development hasn't stopped with the new 8,000-seat arena and its two sports halls: the whole area around the "Porte", a neighborhood in the throes of transformation, is set to undergo a revival between now and the Games.

Breathing new life into rue de la Chapelle

A market on rue de la Chapelle, place ronde
This major hub will be transformed into a vast promenade. Bicycle lanes, less space for cars, green areas and new street lighting… Rue de la Chapelle will benefit from the same amenities as the capital's major avenues: granite paving (produced in France), kiosks and Morris columns, contemporary benches and Davioud benches, rows of platanuses. The old Chapelle traffic circle will also get a makeover, with more room for vegetation and more space for pedestrians.

A pedestrian plaza around the Arena

Exterior view of the Porte de la Chapelle Arena.
The new arena will also benefit from a brand new, tree lined plaza leading up to it. This will enable the safe management of spectators and pedestrians to the Arena.

A new student campus

The Condorcet Campus , for which the cornerstone was laid in June 2023, will welcome more than 4,500 people at the start of the 2025 academic year. Students, lecturers, teachers, administrative and technical staff from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne will all be moving in. 612 m² of the campus will be granted to the City of Paris for further higher education purposes.
The aim is to encourage students, researchers, young entrepreneurs and local structures involved in social innovation to meet and work together.

Porte de la Chapelle: putting the spotlight on the area's art

Local artwork and architectural heritage will also be refurbished. These pieces, situated around the A1 and Paris ring road (périphérique), will be cleaned, reworked and touched-up. Planting of trees and vegetation is also planned.
Developments between now and 2024
- Improved bicycle and pedestrian links between Paris and Saint-Denis, with a continuous safe bicycle lane
- Urban greening
- Clean-up of the interchanges surrounding structures
- Improved bus service (extension of bus line 38), reorganization of terminus layout
- Creation of a wide, green, pedestrian promenade on rue de la Chapelle

Building work

Avenue de la Porte de la chapelle

Revegetation and planting

  • 1st phase: from March 6th, 2023 to April 7th, 2023: planting vegetation on the embankments to the south-east of the ring road
  • 2nd phase: January to April 2024 planting of trees first, followed by shrubs and perennials: completed
  • Installation of fencing on embankments: until end of May 2024

Infrastructure work: March 13, 2023 to end of May 2024

  • North sector - south part: March 13th, 2023 to end of February 2024: completed
  • North sector - northern part: mid-June 2023 to April 2024: completed
  • South sector - central island: from mid-April 2023 to end of April 2024. Crosswalk north of boulevard Ney to be reopened by February 6th, 2024: completed
  • Avenue de la porte de la Chapelle, east bank, outbound from Paris: all lanes will be closed on the nights of February 19th to 22nd. Detour are planned via Porte d'Aubervilliers: completed
  • Avenue de la porte de la Chapelle - west bank, into Paris: October 2023 to end of April 2024: completed
  • Installation of urban property (bicycle racks and seats), final traffic lights, public lighting and illuminations: until the end of May 2024.

Rue de la Chapelle

Infrastructure and revegetation building sites: January 2023 to end of May 2024

From boulevard Ney to the Chapelle traffic circle, as well as the southern road of the Chapelle traffic circle:
  • Widening of sidewalks with tree planting. Creation of a wide promenade featuring large planters and new trees. Creation of bicycle paths: January 2023 to end of May 2024
  • Installation of urban property (seating, exhibition stands, restrooms, drinking fountains, bicycle racks): until end of May 2024
  • New road laying: from April 8 to 19, 2024, with complete closure of rue de la Chapelle between impasse de la Chapelle and boulevard Ney every night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Completed
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