Works are set to begin on transforming Monaco’s main beachside district, Larvotto, on Tuesday. The first stage involves the closure of all restaurants and retail stores until 2020.
The Monaco Government announced the major project in May and, following a busy summer season, the Principality is ready to push ahead with the first stage. It will include the installation of wave breakers and the gradual closing down of retail stores and eateries over the next 15 days. Those businesses will be financially compensated for earnings lost during the renovation period.
“The complete renovation of this site will make it possible to better protect the beach with breakwaters installed between the existing dikes, to offer more qualitative and attractive commercial areas that will be able to remain in activity all year long and expand public spaces,” said the government in a statement.
The project will conform with incredibly high environmental standards, including low consumption street lighting, terminals for charging electric bikes, solar panelled pergolas, optimised water management, intelligent waste management, and a new thalasso-thermal heating and cooling system that uses sea water to service the entire Larvotto neighbourhood.
Following the closure of the restaurants on Wednesday 2nd October, the beach will be closed to the public from Thursday 3rd. The breakwater will then be installed over a four week period.
By summer 2020, the beach will be reopened for the public, however the new shops and restaurants will not be unveiled until July 2021.
All works are expected to be completed by January 2022.