• Abandoned, the manor of Baud, located in the district of the same name in Rennes, will be the subject of rehabilitation.

  • In a few years, this new festive place will host a bar, a restaurant, a brasserie and a performance hall.

  • The start of construction work on the brewery is scheduled for the end of 2023.

The contrast is striking.

A few steps from the buildings that are springing up like mushrooms in the new Baud-Chardonnet district of Rennes, an old castle shows the weight of the years.

Hidden behind fences and wedged between the waste collection centre, the wood boiler room and the railway tracks, the Baud manor looks very sad.

Dating from 1208, before its facade was rehabilitated at the beginning of the 20th century in a Norman style, the building has nevertheless known hours of glory.

"It first came under the abbey of Saint-Melaine before serving as a secondary residence for several families of the local bourgeoisie", indicates Pierre-Henri Biger, secretary of the association Les amis du patrimoine rennais.

Acquired with the adjoining business park in 2018 by Territoires, the city developer, the mansion is now classified as a three-star building of local interest and cannot therefore be destroyed.

“It's a very interesting building from an architectural and historical point of view, like a witness to history in this new district,” emphasizes Pierre-Henri Biger.

After several years of reflection, a site rehabilitation project is finally on track.

It aims to transform the Baud mansion, which gave its name to the district, into "a new festive place", as the city indicates.

Ninety shows or concerts per year

The project is led by Roman Le Furaut, from the Saint-Germain Patrimoine agency, and Jean-Louis Serre, who already owns several establishments in Rennes such as Le Hibou, La Piste and the Breton creperie.

Contacted, the two partners are not very talkative.

“It's a project that we've been looking at and that has been motivating us for a while,” says Roman Le Furaut.

If the building permit has not yet been filed, we learn from the city that the rehabilitated mansion will house a restaurant, a bar and a concert hall.

To the west of the castle, a craft brewery will also be built in a new building.

Called Born, the project, which extends over 3,500 m² of land, is ambitious.

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., the establishment should host 90 concerts or shows a year with a mix of "highly visible artists" and groups from the local scene.

Before being able to discover this new place, it will still be necessary to wait.

The work of the future brewery should in fact be spread out from the end of 2023 to the end of 2024. The rehabilitation work on the manor will take place in a second phase in 2025 and 2026. On this date, the Baud-Chardonnet district will be entirely out of land and will have close to 5,400 inhabitants.

And a new place to party.

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