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Our shared passion: sustainable mobility in tomorrow’s town

As Architects and town planners specialized and dedicated for more than 25 years to the concerns of urban mobility in tomorrow’s city. We are constantly updating our know-how in this field, depending on the needs and challenges of each project.
Challenges in urban mobility include:

  • To improve the urban frame of more complex and longer voyages,
  • Ensuring that the intermodality and accessibility work in a practical way for the local population (operating, correct hierarchy, marking out...),
  • Integrating the need for urban quality of life in projects (services, comfort, “slow”...),
  • Balancing the need for efficiency and comfort,
  • Integrate and improve transport modes and operating forms,
  • Developing solutions to complex problems (low cost solutions, phasing, pooling of needs…).
 
 
 
 

A ground approach: a discipline based on transversality

Our strategy relies on exchanges between BR&A and other interested parties (developer of the project, their partners, public bodies...) to develop credible and realistic projects acceptable to all involved.
This transversality arises from interaction between mobility and other components which model the territory at the service of urban project (development, town planning...), resulting in:

  • Public space as location of superposition, polarization of various technicalities linked to life and transport modes.
  • Dedicated areas for pedestrians, bikes, bus/coaches/trains and managed spaces for cars to allow safe and peaceful public space in towns of today and tomorrow.
  • Town bypasses, urban design, accessibility, consumption of space, share of the driveways, co-occupation of various users on this space.
  • Culture of public dialogue based on the user being proactive in urban design in addition to transparency of studies and quality of information.

According to the nature of the projects, BR&A is the first point of contact with a multidisciplinary team, (contractor, expert-adviser, assistant to contractor).
Image and symbolism is not our goal. Our satisfaction is dependent on the satisfaction of our clients and their end users. This is why our work conforms to AEU standards and quality procedures (ISO-9001).

 
 
 
 

A solid experience: 25 years in strategic projects

Our experience includes more than 200 references in 15 countries, in areas as town planning, operational studies and realization of projects.

These projects are strategic, of various scales and always include three interactive dimensions:

  • A functional dimension: which put the pedestrian accessibility at the heart of the project, the hierarchy of modes, an intermodal vision and the relative constraint of motorized traffic.
  • A special dimension: which takes account physical restraints of the local area, the projects and actions are localized and take into account the geography of the land, various issues…
  • An organizational dimension: taking account of new urban behaviors, new modes of conceiving, operating and exploiting the urban projects and town infrastructures.

 
 
 
 

OUR AREAS OF EXCELLENCE: THE URBAN PROJECT AT THE SERVICE OF SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY



Urban insertion of mass transit systems
This includes the insertion of urban mobility network (tramway lines and busways, bike lanes and pedestrian paths) in order to improve communication, efficiency and comfort.
The urban space being restricted, a better urban and landscape integration of transport modes as well as a good hierarchy of uses will allow their cohabitation.

Interchange stations integrating whole modes
This includes multimodal exchange centers, spaces for urban interchange and train stations (amongst others).
They are spaces of network combination which facilitate the change of transport mode and favor an alternative to the exclusive use of car. They become real living areas which are similar to urban center new gates.

Urban revitalization around train stations
That includes station districts as areas of urban intensification and development of new centers thanks to their accessibility and their potential for densification.
Today they are strategic areas with 2 main focuses: as city gates with associated mobility services, and as districts through urban renewal.

Urban planning
By necessity, urban development is more and more located on mutation areas, raising questions of constraints linked to preexisting usages (floor pollution, networks, redundant buildings, etc.) and to their relative isolation (infrastructure cuts, noises, flood plains etc.).
Urban renovation can transform constraints into advantages and bring out singularities and assets in urban districts forgotten or left out.

Release and confrontation of ideas
This includes all of singular spaces offered where we present with enthusiasm our experience, our projects, our know how, but as well good practice with others (conferences, workshops, seminars, site visits, theme travels …).
We need to be confronted to ground reality and we like sharing as site visits, theme travels.
We appreciate real dialogue in live with elected representatives, technicians and/or inhabitants, in the form of seminars of urban workshops.