Compendium

Bardo

Bardo Eco-park is located in the centre of the city of Constantine, 640 m above sea level, and enjoys a rather contrasted Mediterranean climate characterized by average temperatures ranging from 0 °C in winter to 30 °C in summer.

Completion dates2014-2020
Surface Area65 hectares
LocalizationBardo zone, centre of Constantine, Algeria
Project Description– 7 thematic garden
s- Environment house, educational farm, nursery
– Photovoltaic power plant, energy-efficient lighting
– Carriage and cycle routes, fitness trail, playgrounds, swimming pool
– Restaurants, cafeteria
Certificationnone

Context

Located at the heart of a number of new urban projects, Bardo Eco-park is part of the Urban Modernization Project (PMU), a large urban revitalization project which includes all the major cities in Algeria. The sustainable and innovative design of these projects paves the way for a future where design is based in principals of urban ecology.

Located in a sunken plateau crossed by the Rhumel River, the Bardo Eco-park covers an area of approximately 65 hectares. As part of the Urban Development Master Plan (UDMP), this eco-park enjoys a double centrality: it is at the heart of the urban fabric of Constantine and but is also part the metropolitan region’s ecological network.

The Bardo Eco-park is an important part of the overall development policy and metropolization of the city of Constantine. Focusing on ways to reduce its ecological footprint is the principal guiding concept of new developments in the city.

Today, the Bard Eco-park is 65% complete, but numerous structural and other uncertainties are delaying the full completion of the project.

Stakeholders

Following an international competition, the conceptual study of the Bardo Urban Eco-park was entrusted to an Algerian-Italian consortium formed by the architectural and urban planning company of Constantine, lead contractor Compagnia del Progetto S.r.l. (CDP S.r.l.) and TECNOPOLO (FGT) of Rome. The construction of the project was awarded to a mixed Algerian-Spanish consortium: EUROCASA-EGR.

Sustainable development

The environmental strategy of the eco-park project aims primarily at developing urban biodiversity but also at reducing the ecological footprint of the site. It is a local version of the national strategy for biodiversity, which also aims to sustainably improve urban landscapes and to exploit the eco-tourism and landscape potential of the site.

The Bardo project’s environmental strategy focuses on creating green and blue infrastructure to strengthen the place of nature in the city, promoting environmental urban planning and combating climate change at the local level.

The Eco-park is home to seven thematic Mediterranean gardens with different local species including olive, orange, almond and plum trees. It also includes an educational farm for domestic animals (goats, cattle, sheep, farmyard animals and horses with a riding area), which allows visitors to experience the benefits of rurality while enjoying the urban environment. The strongest environmental element of the Eco-park is undoubtedly the River Rhumel, which flows through the development and reinforces the natural character of the place.

Educational and tourist activities provide socio-economic opportunities for the Eco-park. For example, the Environment House, which is used for scientific education and pedagogical activities related to botany, hosts many schools and the university visits, exhibitions and meetings with experts and exchanges with the public.

Researchers working on this project

Nedjoua Bouarroudj