La Piverdière 2: consolidating for the future. 

This is a project that began a few weeks ago. The “Piv2”, conceived by the firm of architects NeM, will have 9,000m2 of functional and modernised buildings over three levels. Its aim is to be able to rival the best French and European clubs. A pivotal project for the club’s future, designed with current and future environmental issues in mind. Going from 11.4 ha to 15 ha, it will bring together the professional group, office staff and the Red and Black Academy. 

With access to a fitness room, physiotherapy room, balneotherapy facilities, staff offices and a video analysis room, the professional team will be able to benefit from state-of-the-art infrastructure. The Academy, which is deemed to be one of the best training centres in Europe, will see marked improvements to its facilities. This same site will play host to the sports buildings for the pre-training teams up to the reserves, the residential school and the Odorico Private Technical School. To supplement these facilities, a 70-seater auditorium and a staff restaurant will provide ideal working conditions for all Stade Rennais F.C. employees. Outdoors, eight and a half pitches will enable the various teams to train on extremely high-quality natural-fibre pitches, one of which will be fully synthetic. Not far from there, on the Moulin du comte site, the women’s section will develop three training pitches overlooking Roazhon Park. These will also be used by other local clubs and associations in the area.

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A project that respects the environmental challenges 

To reduce its impact and best integrate in its environment, Stade Rennais F.C. has performed several studies with independent firms including a capacity study, an inventory of flora and fauna, a hydraulic study and an impact assessment. 

The club has taken several measures to aim to transform the existing structures and build a project that has exemplary environmental performance. Reforestation based on the ARC (Avoid/Reduce/Compensate) principle, with the plantation of more than 460 trees (removal of 63) and the development of hedgerows will take place. It will also avoid the concreting over of its project area. The centre will also be less energy-intensive thanks to bio climatic architecture: timber-framed façades, planted roofs, bio-sourced materials, shades on the southern façades positioned on the outside to combat the solar impact on the building and limit the use of air conditioning or heating and a water collection system on the roofing. Stade Rennais F.C. also wishes to focus on short supply chains for food and drink by relying on local businesses, particularly those from La Prévalaye. Finally, it will develop the vegetation (hedgerows, shrubs, trees and so on) to preserve the habitat of certain species that remain on the site after more than 20 years of sporting activity, such as amphibians, reptiles and great capricorn beetle trees. 

Scheduled for the start of 2026, the future training centre will retain the path crossing the Piverdière that is trodden daily by so many citizens of Rouen and will see the creation of a free-to-access five-a-side football pitch. The club will continue to occupy the site during the works.