L’Archipel, a new head office symbolising new ambitions for VINCI
© Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés
14 November 2018 - Projects update and handover - France
Work on “l’Archipel”, VINCI’s future head office, has begun in Nanterre in the new Groues district just a stone’s throw from the business district of La Defense.
By 2021, this mixed-use group of buildings spanning 74,000 m2 will welcome nearly 4,000 Group employees.
“L’Archipel”, meaning archipelago in French, is a name that echoes both the five buildings – a set of interdependent and interconnected islands – that form the project as well as the diversity and complementarity of VINCI’s expertise. It will be the Group’s new head office, but will also house employees from its concessions operations (VINCI Autoroutes and VINCI Airports) and contracting businesses (VINCI Energies, VINCI Construction and Eurovia). The project has been designed to be a connected, fully integrated part of the city.
An area on the upDesigned by Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés (lead architect) and Marc Mimram (associate architect), the future VINCI head office is being built in Nanterre’s new Groues district, at the foot of the Grande Arche de la Defense.
This area of previously unused railway land is currently undergoing development, motivated by the rehabilitation work conducted by Paris La Defense and the Nanterre municipality to create an 11th district in Nanterre that offers the highest quality of living and transports links with surrounding areas.
The Groues district has been designed to be extremely well connected and already boasts a link with the RER A. In addition, there is the soon-to-be-completed line 15 of the Grand Paris Express and the RER E, the station for which will be built partially underneath VINCI’s future head office.
An open space to encourage dialogueIn line with a focus on urban renewal, “l’Archipel” has been designed as a mixed-use group of buildings, a blend of both private and public spaces, combining offices, retail outlets, services and amenities open to the public. The project is a tangible demonstration by the Group of its will to form an integral part of the city as well as its steadfast investment in the development of the region where it has chosen to bring together its various businesses.
The momentum has spread through to the design and construction of the project, stages in which the Group employees are involved. Collaborating together, they are called upon directly to take part in working groups with a view to confronting current and future operational practices, as well as identify needs and put forward appropriate solutions.
The project uses a cross-disciplinary approach, involving all the entities that will be working in the buildings they helped to design. It also marks the first of many other synergies to come between VINCI’s various business lines and divisions.
Work beginsThe teams from VINCI Construction France, VINCI Energies and VINCI Immobilier are currently working on the first phases of construction. This involves in particular the foundations and structural work, which will continue through to the end of 2019.
An initial base camp, built by two subsidiaries of VINCI Construction France – Arbonis and Steeleom, has been installed. The seven-storey structure is made of wood and is already being used by over 100 employees who will be involved in the various construction phases.
In the future, a second base camp will be built on the other side of the worksite, which will house nearly 600 additional workers.
© Aline Boros