APRR wins IMBP 2020 Award

APRR Group

APRR receives new award from the IDRRIM (Institute of Roads, Streets and Infrastructures for Mobility) for its investment in the preservation of biodiversity and the landscape, having previously won the distinction in 2017. This time, it was chosen for its initiative to enhance the resilience of the natural environments along the A6 near Auxerre.


For a number of years now, APRR and the EIFFAGE Group have been focusing their energies on making our infrastructures more environmentally friendly and reducing their carbon footprint, thereby making their landscaped areas more integrated, acceptable and resilient.
Their investments have again been recognised at the "Infrastructures for Mobility, Biodiversity and Landscape" (IMBP) Awards organised by the IDRRIM. Every year, the Institute singles out the best initiatives for the regeneration and use of mobility infrastructures that contribute to preserving, restoring and enhancing ecosystems, biodiversity and the landscape.
The APRR Group won the Special Jury Prize for its "Une graine de frugalité: favoriser la résilience des milieux naturels aux abords de l’autoroute" ["A touch of thrift: enhancing resilience in natural environments along the motorway"] project.
Under its investment plan, APRR widened the A6 for 12km near Auxerre. Working as part of a virtuous partnership, the aim was to create plantation areas to go with the motorway widening scheme. Nothing could have been achieved without the total commitment of the parties involved in the project: the ONF (National Forestry Office), the commune of Venoy, Caudex (landscape designers), Terideal (landscape contractors) and Kronospan (wood industry manufacturer).
The approach was inspired by the natural process of a wooded environment being created by the accumulation of branches and leaves followed by successive plant and animal colonisation.
Instead of planting in the traditional way, different types of local organic matter (straw, compost, manure, green waste) were brought in and applied in various thicknesses to a design of strips and swathes, which then become a medium for spontaneous natural colonisation from adjacent environments.
Congratulations to the Department of Innovation, Construction and Development, to Bruno Weill, Director of Operations, Major Projects, and to Claire Brun, Sustainable Development Officer, who ran this project for the APRR Group.