RC - Patras, Evreomnimata

Short description: 

This project comes under the heading of urban reformation – exploitation of areas on a local, small-scale level and concerns interventions in already existing streets of the approved plan for the city of Patras. The project concerns the paving of streets, steps, and pavements with irregular stones as well as the electric lighting of the areas, aiming at their upgrade. More precisely, the project involves the reconstruction of old pavements of 2500 square metres in area, of already existing kerbs reaching a length of 2000m, the paving of streets and steps of 3870 square metres, and the construction of squares. Flower beds, benches and trellis works are also going to be created on the steps and squares under construction. Furthermore, a new electric lighting network is going to be created in the streets under reconstruction and the water supply together with the sewage system, being old and shabby, are planned to be restored.

Start date: 
31/10/2004
Place: 
Patras
Country: 
Greece
Region: 
Western Greece (Dytiki Ellada)

Scale

Local

Type(s) of MILU

Interweaving: use of the same space for different functions.

Theme(s)

RED - the urban fabric and its infrastructure.

Partners
Initiative:
Municipality of Patras
Planning and design:
Municipality of Patras
Realisation:
Municipality of Patras (Financed by the Region of Western Greece)
 
Lessons learned

This project is part of the Corporate Plan called "Qualitative improvement of life in the old part of Patras" which has been included in the 4.5 and 4.6 measures of Western Greece PEP and concerns "Completed actions of urban development on a local, small-scale level." The area examined is in a key geographical location and constitutes part of the city's old centre. It is a sub-region largely underdeveloped and isolated and is consequently inhabited by socially and economically lower classes. Its selection and the measures taken for its improvement are therefore of crucial importance for the whole city, taking into consideration not only the obvious reasons based on its urban, socio-economic elements but also the fact that Patras is going to be the European Capital for Culture for 2006. The main concept is based on the revival of the area by its connection with the central part of the city. There are currently reformations taking place, including the construction of roads with low circulation (traffic calming), pavements, electric lighting, reconstruction of steps, and better organization of the limited free open-air spaces. The project aims at the socio-economic reconstruction of the aera and the surmounting of its problems. All the local residents will be benefited as well as all the citizens because of its location and its characteristic importance. There are no negative environmental consequences expected, only the aesthetic imrovement of the area.