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A master plan for the X and IP Paris campus

École Polytechnique has drawn a master plan for the future development of its campus to improve the living environment and work experience of its whole community and to further enhance its attractiveness.

Improving campus life and the layout of the premises is a priority of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris), created in May 2019 and bringing together five renowned engineering schools, namely École Polytechnique, ENSAE Paris, ENSTA Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis.

The IP Paris Campus Life Committee has drawn up the long-term guidelines for the development of the Institute’s campus, which will be set out in a concerted master plan. Implementation will be carried out step by step and in consultation with the entire community.

The campus of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris stretches from ENSTA Paris in the east to the schools Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis in the west and also includes the ENSAE Paris building in the south. Set amidst nature with a wooded hillock in the south and a natural park including the lake in the north, on the edge of the of the Saclay plateau and the Palaiseau forest.

The campus of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris will be organized around an East-West axis with a lot of open spaces to foster a feeling of conviviality. École Polytechnique will remain at the center of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris campus, with housing located in the south, sports and nature activities in the north, while the east of the campus will host the future innovation and research park offering opportunities for partnership and economic development.

Le campus de l'Institut Polytechnique de Paris

The objective is to maintain a capacity for sports practice at least equivalent to that of the existing structures (swimming pools, gymnasiums, multi-sports hall, tennis court) of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

As all its facilities are within easy reach, the campus of École Polytechnique and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris favors the deployment of a soft modes of transport.  A web of footpaths and bicycle tracks are planned to allow peaceful movement between the various locations for training, education, research, innovation, day-to-day life, sports and leisure activities. Public consultation has been launched for the implementation of a shared electric mobility project to enable campus users to rent electric cars to travel around the plateau soon. New electric bicycle stations will also be installed. Motor vehicles traffic and parking will be kept on the outskirts of the campus.

The construction of line 18 of the Greater Paris Metro will improve access to the campus.

The link to the Lozère station of the RER B has been redesigned and now allows to access the plateau with a bike or with luggage. A pedestrian link will ensure an efficient journey between the Telecom Paris and Telecom SudParis schools and the RER B station at Le Guichet.

In order to improve the connection between public transportation and soft modes of transportation, bus stops will be positioned at the major pedestrian entrances to the campus. In addition to the existing public transportation offer, a night bus line, the Noctilien 63, has been servicing the campus since December.

The future line 18 of the Greater Paris Metro will link Orly airport to Versailles, via the multi-modal hub of Massy-Palaiseau and its TGV station. Thus, linked to Paris, train stations and airports by the motorway and public transport networks, the Institut Polytechnique de Paris will open to the world.