Lille: in Fives and Hellemmes, two new schools and eighteen classes, an extraordinary six-year project

Between the Fives and Hellemmes metro, the city will renovate, expand and build schools and school canteens. A complex and special project: ten schools, one thousand pupils, are involved, for a budget of 50 million euros. Duration of the operation: six years.




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Whatever the image, it expresses the complexity of the file, also its scope: the game of musical chairs, dominoes, magic square that the city wants to play in the coming months is a puzzle, but in large works. In Fives and Hellemmes, no less than a dozen kindergartens, primary schools and a kindergarten are involved in a large-scale operation, rehabilitation or establishment.

Why ?

For the city, this construction site with drawers, a dozen schools, 50 million euros over six years, has several objectives: first of all, to respond to the demographics of the Fives district, which has been growing for several years now. There will be two schools and eighteen classes. It will also be a matter of refreshing outdated buildings: optimizing the energy efficiency of schools, such as making the courses greener. But also improve the school catering offer.

Where ?

These are different sites: the area of ​​the former baths, the schools Descartes-Montesquieu, Brasseur, Broca, Berthelot-Lacore, Jenner, Berthelot-Sévigné and Lakanal.

The George Sand School, rue Malcense, is empty and squatted.  The remarkable architecture deserved to be brought back to life.  The municipal project plans to renovate it and set up six classrooms there.  PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH
The George Sand School, rue Malcense, is empty and squatted. The remarkable architecture deserved to be brought back to life. The municipal project plans to renovate it and set up six classrooms there. PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH – VDNPQR

But also the site of George-Sand, rue Malsence, a former squatted school that will come back to life, the site chosen that morning for a press conference, mainly led by Charlotte Brun, school assistant, and Sébastien Duhem, deputy and president of the district of Fives.

The George Sand School, rue Malcense, is empty and squatted.  The remarkable architecture deserved to be brought back to life.  The municipal project plans to renovate it and set up six classrooms there.  PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH
The George Sand School, rue Malcense, is empty and squatted. The remarkable architecture deserved to be brought back to life. The municipal project plans to renovate it and set up six classrooms there. PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH – VDNPQR

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When ?

One of the most important dates is the launch of this large-scale project, last March, with the start of the bath-shower area. In December, modular units will be installed there to create a temporary school. It will be occupied by the students very soon, we will see.

On this plot of the old bathhouses, rue Dupuytren, the town hall will set up a temporary school, in prefabricated buildings.  From next year it will welcome the students of the Antoine-Brasseur kindergarten, an institution waiting for a major rehabilitation.  PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH
On this plot of the old bathhouses, rue Dupuytren, the town hall will set up a temporary school, in prefabricated buildings. From next year it will welcome the students of the Antoine-Brasseur kindergarten, an institution waiting for a major rehabilitation. PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH – VDNPQR

Sep 2023. Start of major operations for the rehabilitation of the George-Sand site, which will regain its raison d’être, a school of six primary classes with the construction of an exit via Place Orion. At the same time, Brasseur’s school is developing a new school restaurant in the former staff housing, an infrastructure that will benefit Sand’s students. End of work for Brasseur: 2024.

Summer 2024. Work will begin in Broca, which will eventually be transformed into a center for young children, with completion in 2025.

Things will also change at Broca school.  From the summer of 2024, the transformation into a Center for Early Childhood Youth will start.  PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH
Things will also change at Broca school. From the summer of 2024, the transformation into a Center for Early Childhood Youth will start. PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH – VDNPQR

Sep 2024. First return to school for rehabilitated George-Sand and Brasseur students.

2025. In Hellemmes, work begins in Berthelot-Sévigné (two classrooms created, elimination of prefabricated buildings) and in Jenner (two additional classrooms, capacity of the school canteen improved). Good news, in September of the same year the school cafeteria of Descartes-Montesquieu was inaugurated.

The school of Lakanal gets an extension of the school restaurant.  And above all, it will share a large educational park with the Broca school.  PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH
The school of Lakanal gets an extension of the school restaurant. And above all, it will share a large educational park with the Broca school. PHOTO BAZIZ CHIBANE / THE VOICE OF THE NORTH – VDNPQR

2026. Construction work on the new Broca school begins, while Lakanal begins to expand its school cafeteria. It will be completed in the same year, before the start of the school year in September. In Jenner, the works are also finished.

End of 2027. The brand new Broca Kindergarten opens. The work at Berthelot-Sévigné is coming to an end.

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