Participating in economic development
Being part of a ZAC with recognised public utility – the Gonesse Triangle – commits EuropaCity to being the development partner of northeast Île-de-France. The project’s tourist and cultural ambitions boost the area’s image and appeal. The 31 million visitors a year expected in the long term will bring local and national economic benefits.
- 01In the area’s service EuropaCity chose an area that is strategic for its development - the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget airport corridor – but also disadvantaged from various points of view. The unemployment rate is 40% in some places. Its main transport infrastructure is saturated. Logistics is the main economic activity, reducing the appeal of Gonesse and Greater Roissy, which suffer from a net population loss. A driving force for tourism and culture, EuropaCity gives not only this area but also the entire the Île-de-France the leisure facilities they need to capitalise on the airport’s proximity. It will open in 2027, the same time as the Grand Paris Express Gonesse Triangle station (line 17). The new line mean residents can reach central Paris (Saint-Lazare station) in 24 minutes. In 2030, they will reach Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport in 7 minutes. Consequently, EuropaCity will lead to significant economic, demographic and social effects. The first direct economic benefits will be the creation of 3,350 jobs a year during the building phase and 10,115 jobs for its operation that cannot be moved elsewhere. EuropaCity is committed to setting 75% of those jobs aside for local residents. Between paying employees’ salaries and local and national taxes and purchasing goods and services for its operations, EuropaCity will inject €2.5 billion¹ into the French economy every year. It will also bring indirect economic benefits, including new jobs that will emerge around the destination (shops, services for people or companies and local authorities) and the wealth they will generate. An independent study² says every job at EuropaCity will allow 2.5 jobs to be created or supported in France. ¹ Economic impact study, 2015. ² Arnaud Degorre, commissioned by the National Public Debate Commission, 2016.
- 02A tourist attraction The new leisure and cultural flagship destination of Greater Paris, EuropaCity boosts the tourist appeal of Île-de-France. The estimated potential number of visitors a year is put at 31 million when EuropaCity will be 7 minutes from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport on the Grand Paris Express metro. That will help to make Paris the world’s leading tourist destination and France to achieve its goal of surpassing 100 million foreign tourists a year. With its leisure concept, unprecedented in Europe, EuropaCity is a driving force behind the revitalisation of tourism in Île-de-France. Responding to lifestyle changes, it features a mix of functions and uses (culture, leisure, sports, tourism, shopping, etc.) offering a host of experiences and activities that today’s leisure consumers expect. Its environmental innovations and the architectural quality of its hotels and iconic buildings will add to its appeal. At a time when major global cities are trying to outdo each other in what they have to offer tourists, this renewal gives Greater Paris a substantial competitive edge. EuropaCity overcomes specific tourism challenges:
- Solving the capital region’s shortage of tourist accommodations;
- Boosting its appeal to young people;
- Widening the nightlife offer;
- Offering pick-and-choose experiences geared to the growing market of short international stays.
- 03Private investment The €3.1-billion project is completely co-financed by two private partners: Ceetrus and Wanda Group. Ceetrus and Wanda Group. Who are we?
Designed for people living in northeast Île-de-France, EuropaCity will be open 20 hours a day. Its park will be open to all free of charge. It also seeks to be a springboard towards fulfilling careers. Its cultural facilities will nurture talent and foster careers. To keep its commitment of setting aside at least 75% of the jobs for local residents, EuropaCity created an upstream jobs and training programme allowing mobility to other local companies: EuropaCity Compétences.
- 01Jobs and training With 3,500 positions a year to be filled during construction (in 40 trades) and 10,115 jobs necessary to operate the destination (in 80 trades), EuropaCity generates employment.
It promises to set aside 75% of those jobs for local residents and to create the conditions to reach that target. During construction, efforts will be made to promote access to local SMEs.
The main goal is to match human resources with needed skills. That’s why EuropaCity works hand in hand with public and private players (training centres for local apprentices, chambers of trades, etc.) in orientating, inserting and training, informing the target public and tapping the required skills.
EuropaCity’s commitment is also based on a dedicated organisation, EuropaCity Compétences, which in 2019 will start benefiting the inhabitants of Val d’Oise and Seine-Saint-Denis. Working closely with the GIP Emploi Roissy, the region and Pôle-emploi, EuropaCity Compétences will welcome, train and orientate people to help them become more employable. In this framework, EuropaCity is committed to training:
• 3,500 people in the two years before it opens;
• 1,000 people a year afterwards.
This programme in the residents’ interest will go beyond the EuropaCity project because it will help to build relationships with other local employers. To go further, other actions are under consideration:
• integrating training and co-working rooms,
• creating a recruiting centre common to all the companies in EuropaCity,
• creating an innovative company incubator allowing the project or collaborative business to be ecologically managed.
To operate, EuropaCity will recruit a wide range of profiles in the areas of service, sales, catering and technical trades (energy management, digital technology, etc.).
- 02Promoting talent EuropaCity is in one of youngest areas in Île-de-France. That’s why it aims to be a destination for talented young people to express themselves. EuropaCity’s programme will promote local artists and creators. What’s more, its cultural facilities will include a film centre, concert hall, contemporary theatre and large exhibition centre.
- 03A destination for all The physical interconnection between EuropaCity’s large exhibition centre and the Gonesse Triangle Grand Paris Express metro station symbolises the desire to open up the destination to all. The building’s transparency will let residents, employees and visitors freely see the works on display without even going inside. Many facilities are designed to be places of daily life. During opening hours, neighbours will have free, unrestricted access to the:
• outdoor spaces, which will host many physical, sports or play activities to enjoy alone or with friends and family;
• 10ha urban park, the destination’s backbone, created as an extension of the future Gonesse Triangle business quarter’s creative park;
• teaching farm jointly designed with the children’s cultural centre.
Democratising culture is a key part of the project. Consequently, public areas will offer an exciting programme including art installations, pop-up events, popular gatherings, festivals, sports events, street performances, brand and corporate events and major unifying national or international events.
- 04Mobility One of EuropaCity’s reasons for being is to accompany Greater Paris’ transition to more responsible lifestyles. The destination therefore opts for means of transport with a low impact on the environment.
It is 100% car-free. Environmentally-friendly means of transport (bicycles, electric vehicles, etc.) are currently being studied in order to make it easy to move around the 80-hectare site.
EuropaCity is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
As soon as it opens in 2027, EuropaCity will be served by line 17 of the new Grand Paris Express automated metro. Its station, Gonesse Triangle, will offer direct access to the destination by way of a huge pedestrian bridge. A connection to metro line 14, which will be extended to Saint-Denis Pleyel, will put EuropaCity within 24 minutes of the centre of Paris (Saint-Lazare station). In 2030, line 17 will be extended to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, putting EuropaCity 7 minutes away from Europe’s second-biggest airport, and beyond that to the Le Mesnil-Amelot station in Seine-et-Marne.
Connections between line 17 and the other Grand Paris Express lines will make it easy to reach EuropaCity by public transport from any Greater Paris locality. Over 50% will eventually reach EuropaCity by mass transit.
Setting an environmental example
In response to changing lifestyles, EuropaCity aims to achieve the carbon neutrality called for in the French State’s Climate Plan by 2050. It will continuously experiment with sustainable innovations. Our commitment: setting the standard in fighting climate change, protecting the environment and developing biodiversity.
- 01A sustainable project EuropaCity aims for carbon neutrality. To reach that goal by opening day in 2027, it will use only renewable energy and aim for exemplary energy efficiency that integrates the main goals of the energy transition:
• Its buildings will have France’s biggest rooftop solar panel installation (14 ha). It will produce 50% of the destination’s power.
• An on-site biomass and geothermal heating plant will meet 100% of heating needs.
• Fully pedestrianised, EuropaCity will rely on the public transport network to cover 50% of its accessibility, particularly line 17 of the new Grand Paris Express metro.
• The restaurants’ produce will be sourced from EuropaCity’s urban farm.
Just as for energy, the integrated, joint operation of all EuropaCity’s buildings and venues will help to create a virtuous circular economy ecosystem to manage water and waste.
Recovering water in all its forms will help to curb drinking water consumption. Recycled rainwater from inaccessible rooftops will supply the toilets, which will account for one-third of the destination’s water needs. Unrecycled rainwater will be collected in landscaped holding tanks and could be processed by a dedicated plant.
Some waste will be recycled on site, for example into compost for the urban farm. Waste management has been thoroughly thought through to optimise collection and treatment, reducing its environmental impact.
It is designed for 2050 and beyond. Consequently, through a Cradle to Cradle® approach, it looks ahead to reversibility possibilities right from the design stage to keep its facilities from becoming obsolescent.
- 02A responsible project EuropaCity will reintroduce biodiversity to the Gonesse Triangle by developing dozens of hectares of green spaces with a variety of species and crops.
Following the “rolling hills” idea imagined by the BIG architecture firm, which designed EuropaCity’s master plan, many rooftops will be covered with plants.