ENGIE and Nexity have concluded a financial and technological partnership to acquire and transform together into an exemplary eco-district, a 9-hectares plot of industrial land at La Garenne-Colombes, in the Hauts-de-Seine department (92). This new Paris La Défense centre would in particular host a future ENGIE eco-campus. The two groups will pool their respective know-how about sustainable cities and energy transition in order to develop this general interest urban project, in close collaboration with the municipality and the public actors.
Designed for the future users, residents and employees, and as a showcase of the energy and environmental transition, this ambitious project is located within the scope of a Redevelopment and Sustainable Development Project of the municipality of La Garenne-Colombes, on a site acquired from the PSA group which will be made available in late 2018.
For ENGIE, in compliance with the prerogatives of the representative bodies of the staff concerned, this would mean creating, by 2022-2023, a bespoke campus of more than 120,000 m², conceived according to the best standards of quality of life at work, thereby bringing together the Île-de-France teams within a unifying place, promoting cooperation, cross-disciplinarity and openness.
“This project will be the showcase of the ENGIE Group’s strategy, part of an environmental approach contributing both to economic and social progress that is harmonious and sustainable. Located in a wooded urban site near Paris, this future eco-campus will illustrate the expertise of ENGIE and its teams in building the smart city of tomorrow”, Pierre Deheunynck, ENGIE Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee, welcomed.
“Our strength on ENGIE’s tertiary campus is to provide tailor-made answers to the needs and uses expressed, but also to articulate the DNA of ENGIE through its new premises. This adhesion is capital. I am proud that ENGIE will become a showcase of our corporate property know-how and that we are developing together a new area in La Garenne-Colombes”, Véronique Bédague, Chairwoman and CEO of Nexity Immobilier d’Entreprise, said.
Philippe Juvin, Mayor of La Garenne-Colombes and an MEP, also welcomed this operation: “This area was a terra incognita for the municipality. We are going to make it into a living district. Eventually, the overall urban project will include, in addition to the ENGIE campus, a mixed programme of offices, housing, shops and a hotel, a new PSA branch, and community facilities (large public park, school, crèche, gymnasium, etc.)”.
Finally, Marie-Célie Guillaume, CEO of the Paris La Défense establishment, is pleased with “the decision of ENGIE, an historial partner of Paris La Défense, to locate in this area the showcase of its know-how in terms of smart and sustainable city. This ambitious tertiary and mixed centre, will complement the development of the neighbouring district of Les Groues, that we are also redesigning. It will contribute to the attractiveness of the largest business district in Europe”.