With 20 years of experience, it has been able to develop effective tools to carry out numerous restoration projects alongside local communities and private owners. One project is being supported every 5 km! As a recognized entity of public utility, the Heritage Foundation offers a guarantee of security and financial transparency that has been praised by the Court of Audit.
The Stéphane Bern Mission
The Heritage Mission was entrusted to Stéphane Bern by the President of the French Republic in September 2017. It aims to identify regional heritage sites that are at risk, by means of a public census on the website www.missionbern.fr Each year, the Heritage Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Française des Jeux (the national lottery operator) select sites around the country to receive financial support. To help protect the 3,500 sites considered to be at risk, the Heritage Foundation benefits from the proceeds of the Heritage Mission games set up by Française des Jeux in the form of lottery draws and scratch cards.
In the autumn of 2020, the Heritage Mission unveiled the 101 new winning sites. These include two structural renovation projects carried out by Voies Navigables de France: the Kembs-Niffer lock, designed by the architect Le Corbusier (funding of €300,000), and the former freight booking office in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (funding of €292,000). Since 2018, the VNF patronage program has been invited to contribute to the Heritage Mission and works closely alongside the Heritage Foundation with one common goal: preserving French heritage. In 2019, €150,000 was granted to the canal du Midi replanting project.
Renovating the Hers Aqueduct
As part of its work toward preserving the canal du Midi, the Voies navigables de France patronage program, in partnership with the Occitanie delegation of the Heritage Foundation, launched a call for donations for the restoration of the Hers Aqueduct in 2017. Designed by Vauban, this masterpiece is located between Renneville and Gardouch (31) and is in desperate need of major renovation work. €6,670 was raised in 2020.
Renovating the Briare Aqueduct
Since 2017, the VNF patronage program, in partnership with the Centre-Val-de-Loire delegation of the Heritage Foundation, has been appealing to the generosity of donors for the renovation of the Briare Aqueduct, which is located in Loiret. The 662 meter-long aqueduct, which was built between 1894 and 1896, allows boats to cross the Loire. It is considered one of the most prestigious structures of French river heritage and more than 300,000 visitors flock to see it every year. €2,975 was raised in 2020.
The former freight booking office in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
The walls of the former freight booking office in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, located in the heart of the inland water shipping industry’s birthplace, have been slowly deteriorating over the years. The building, which was built in 1958 by the Arsène-Henry brothers, can be found in a symbolic location at the confluence of the Oise and the Seine, near the Port of Conflans and the future Port Seine Métropole Ouest. It is also due to become VNF’s regional headquarters. Last November’s call for donations raised €586 in 2020. (The Heritage Mission’s €292,000 grant was announced to VNF in January 2021)
We would like to thank AS ENERGY, which also supports the renovation project.
The Kembs-Niffer Lock
After an assessment of the damage in 2019, the Kembs-Niffer lock’s control tower and administrative building were deemed to be at risk. These two buildings were designed by architect Le Corbusier, representing his only works in Alsace and one of his few public commissions. Last November’s call for donations raised €2,355 in 2020. (The Heritage Mission’s €300,000 grant was announced to VNF in January 2021)
We would like to thank the CITY OF KEMBS and the ASSOCIATION ESPACE RHÉNAN ANIMATION and as well as the companies ALSACHIMIE, RAK PROTECT and RAK AMIANTE and LES AFFICHES VINTAGE DOZ, members of the club of patrons of the Kembs-Niffer Lock, for their support for the renovation project.