On 19 November 2021, the foundation stone was laid for the ENGIE Campus project in La Garenne-Colombes, in the presence of Fabrice Lombardo, director of real estate activities at Swiss Life Asset Managers France, Catherine MacGregor, CEO of ENGIE, Véronique Bédague, CEO of Nexity, Philippe Juvin, Mayor of La Garenne-Colombes, Georges Siffredi, President of Paris La Défense and the Hauts-de-Seine department and architectural firms SCAU, Chaix & Morel et Associés, ARTBUILD and BASE.
ENGIE’s new headquarters, developed by Nexity, forms part of a strong collaboration with the town of La Garenne-Colombes, Paris La Défense, Swiss Life Asset managers and the architects SCAU, Chaix & Morel et Associés, ARTBUILD and BASE.
This scalable, horizontal Campus, due to be delivered in 2024, will bring together up to 8,000 of ENGIE’s Île-de-France employees. It has been designed to promote cross-over and cooperation between teams while at the same time offering the highest standards in terms of quality of life at work.
Heated and cooled using 100% renewable energy, the new site is a showcase for the energy transition and consistent with ENGIE’s commitment and strategic priorities, that aims for net-zero carbon by 2045. The Campus will be powered using a mix of geothermal energy, photovoltaic panels installed on the roof, biogas boilers, stored electricity and smart networks. Located on a former PSA Peugeot Citroen site, the Campus will occupy 95,000 m2 of office space on 1.3 hectares of green land and will include 3,300 m2 of planted terraces, thus maximising biodiversity on the site.
This project is also in line with the urban development direction that La Garenne-Colombes and Paris la Défense have been following for several years, in the creation of a more inclusive dialogue between public space and the Campus. To this end, the design of ENGIE’s new headquarters makes provision for the possible opening of some services and areas to local residents. A sports hall, nursery, restaurants and shops could thus potentially be accessible to external stakeholders outside working hours.
In view of the health crisis, concern for health and quality of life at work, present from the start of the project, has been given even greater emphasis. In particular, the technical, architectural and environmental choices have been confirmed and maintained in agreement with the various stakeholders.
The Campus project also demonstrates concern for employees’ well-being by providing adaptable workspaces that can meet their new needs and changing expectations. The buildings, with no more than 7 floors, will be arranged to encourage cross-over and collaboration between teams. On the ground floor and in the “Heart” of the campus, a 6,000 m2 space that can accommodate up to 1,500 people, discussions between ENGIE employees and external stakeholders (associations, partners, customers, students, etc.) will be possible, making the Campus a lively meeting place fostering creativity and innovation.