Creating a culture and leisure destination useful to people living in northeast Île-de-France and appealing to tourists from around the world. Being part of an ecologically responsible town planning project – the Gonesse Triangle Mixed Development Zone – with facilities and uses able to keep up in the long term with new social trends. EuropaCity has many collective goals.
That’s why, up until 2027 and beyond, the EuropaCity project will evolve and improve to meet everybody’s expectations: residents, elected officials, economic players, grassroots organisations and institutional and professional players.
- 01Consultation The public debate in 2016 and the consultation phase, which is ongoing, have raised high expectations regarding jobs, training, environmental standards, cultural offerings, the use of local talent and the integration of EuropaCity into its environment.
Those needs and local residents’ proposals guide the evolution of the EuropaCity project presented in the first phase in 2013.
The public debate in 2016 prompted two major changes:
• EuropaCity will be physically more open to the Gonesse Triangle Mixed Development Zone and the Grand Paris Express station;
• Greater architectural diversity, reflected in the organisation in 2017 of several international competitions to design eight iconic buildings at the site.
Today EuropaCity is shaping up as a diverse, exciting urban quarter arranged around a central park, freely accessible green spaces and a 7ha farm. Thought is being given to integrating residents’ other expectations into the final project, such as community spaces creating a social link or using the parkland for social, ecological and educational purposes.
To find out about and/or participate in the consultation: Construisons EuropaCity
- 02Co-construction Beyond the public debate and consultation, EuropaCity is committed to dialoguing and co-building with all the stakeholders. This will continue after it opens.
Local residents are regularly invited to working meetings or study tours. For example, for the uses and amenities of the urban park, people were able to submit ideas by playing an online game where they could create their own urban park.
Culture and events, a key component of EuropaCity, will be developed in special consultation with local authorities, associations, companies and artists. The goals are to spark synergy with the area, make the most of its talent, democratise culture and offer a place of creativity and training.
Another key part of the project is the creation of jobs – 3,350 a year during the building stage and 10,115 in the operational stage, which is already being prepared. EuropaCity works hand in hand with public and private players in orientation, insertion and training to inform the target public and tap the required skills. To plan hiring for the project’s various stages, EuropaCity has signed a framework agreement with the Chambers of Trades in the departments of Val d’Oise, Seine-Saint-Denis and Seine-et-Marne.
In every activity (culture, hotel-keeping, catering, etc.), EuropaCity is forging partnerships with institutions and companies, leaders in their fields, to design an unprecedented offering.
- 03Innovation EuropaCity aims to offer a leisure and culture destination continuously keeping up with and adapting to changes in lifestyles and social patterns. That’s why innovation is at the heart of the project.
In the digital age, people expect simultaneity and seamless alternation between activities. Planning unprecedented spaces allows EuropaCity to transpose a mix of functions and uses to the real world. The cultural, sports and leisure facilities, shops and hotels are superimposed and interact, offering visitors a wide variety of places and experiences day and night.
Guided by the Greater Paris project’s goal of urban sustainability, EuropaCity is a laboratory of good environmental practices in the areas of water, energy and waste management. EuropaCity is currently the only certified Greater Paris project.
It is designed for 2050 and beyond. In 2027, its opening year, it will feature technological innovations we can hardly dream of today. To keep the buildings up to date, EuropaCity anticipates changing its programme and adapting and reversing the facilities’ uses in a Cradle to Cradle® approach.
They promote the project’s values:
- 01Ambition "Paris has an outstanding heritage and museums but that’s no longer enough. There’s a need to update the offer, to innovate, and EuropaCity participates in that. Competition for tourists with other global cities is growing fiercer. And the tourism of tomorrow will not be the same as it was yesterday or is today. Visitors will want to have more and more varied experiences, increasingly focused on entertainment and shopping. By looking ahead to future expectations, EuropaCity aims to develop unprecedented, trailblazing activities. The project clearly strengthens Paris-Île-de-France as an international leisure destination.” ¹ Atout France is the Tourism Development Agency in France
- 02Equal opportunity "Economic opportunity for people living nearby and the fight against all forms of discrimination is a major component of EuropaCity’s hiring policy. That’s why we support them in this process as well as in training and orientation to ensure diversity and the promotion of talent from underprivileged parts of Greater Paris. There are plenty of university graduates but their applications are too often set aside. Giving everybody an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities is one of EuropaCity’s goals.” ¹ Mozaïk RH is a recruiting and consulting firm that promotes diversity."
- 03Dialogue ”This project is more than just a cinema. That’s why we wanted to create a building offering a much wider experience, designed as both a public space and a cultural laboratory. The idea of community is at the heart of our architectural concept. We wanted to create a venue that can welcome a wide public. In addition to the indoor spaces, the roof garden will always be open. Visitors will be able to enjoy film screenings on rooftop terraces with sweeping views of EuropaCity and the Paris skyline as well as restaurants and cafés. The natural setting inspired our project, which aims to be both subtle and outward-looking. Like a sculpture in a park, the cultural centre blends in with the urban setting designed by the BIG architectural firm and interacts with its environment.”
Part of Greater Paris
EuropaCity is part of the northeast Île-de-France development project desired by the government for the Gonesse Triangle. The project manager is Grand Paris Aménagement. It is an unprecedented driver of local development, a key project to boost the tourist appeal of Île-de-France and the future flagship leisure and culture destination of Greater Paris.
That’s why EuropaCity is being built in close partnership with all the institutional players and aims to meet their goals: improving residents’ quality of life, narrowing inequality, building a sustainable city and boosting the Greater Paris metropolitan area’s international appeal.
- 01The Gonesse Triangle EuropaCity is part of the Gonesse Triangle Mixed Development Zone (ZAC). It is being built in collaboration with Grand Paris Aménagement (GPA), the main public developer of Greater Paris, named by the government as project manager of the urbanisation of the Gonesse Triangle. The Gonesse Triangle is in the town of Gonesse in Val d’Oise, between Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Europe’s second biggest airport, and Paris-Le Bourget, its biggest business airport. The strategically located Gonesse Triangle has been left behind by the region-capital’s economic dynamism. As early as 1994, the Île-de-France Region Master Plan (SDRIF) set out to urbanise the Gonesse Triangle to diversify the activities, mainly logistical, that have sprung up around the airport over time. In 2016, the ZAC sketched the Gonesse Triangle project’s outlines: developing a new, compact, 299ha urban quarter and preserving 400ha of farmland on its north side. The Gonesse Triangle ZAC will be developed along four lines: • A business quarter hosting companies, R & D centres and teaching and training facilities. A lively, diversified workplace, the quarter will house many services (shops, sport and leisure facilities, etc.). It alone should help to create 40,000 new jobs by 2030. • A 23ha farmbelt will ease the transition between the city and the future protected agricultural zone’s cropland. The goal is to foster interaction between farmers and city-dwellers with new forms of local agriculture (picking, shared gardens), new energy sources (composting) and short circuits (sales of local produce). • A creative park, open on the north side to the agricultural plain, where people can relax, have lunch or enjoy sports and cultural activities. • In its centre, EuropaCity (63 ha and a 10ha urban park as well as a 7ha urban farm) will have a north-south planted axis opening out onto the creative park of the ZAC. The Gonesse Triangle development project was been declared a Public Utility by a decree issued by the prefect of Val-d’Oise on 20 December 2018. To find out more: Gonesse Triangle
- 02Greater Paris EuropaCity is one of the main Greater Paris urban planning projects. It has two goals: breathing new life into northeast Île-de-France and becoming the Greater Paris leisure and culture flagship destination that will make French excellence shine abroad.
- 03The Grand Paris Express Especially important for the development of northern Greater Paris, the future Grand Express metro line 17 will be particularly useful to the Gonesse Triangle ZAC urbanisation project and EuropaCity’s accessibility. Eventually, one train every two to three minutes will connect the new stations of Saint-Denis Pleyel (Seine-Saint-Denis) and Mesnil-Amelot (Seine-et-Marne) in less than 25 minutes by way of the only station in Val d’Oise via the Gonesse Triangle and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Line 17 will offer many connections to the existing transport network and other new Grand Paris Express lines, including: • Line 14 of the Paris metro, which will be extended to Saint-Denis Pleyel. • Line 16 to towns in eastern Île-de-France (Sevran, Chelles, etc.) with a connection to Le Bourget Airport. • Line 15 East with a connection to the Saint-Denis Pleyel station, which will skirt around Paris by the east (Stade de France, Aubervilliers, Bobigny, Bondy, Val de Fontenay, etc.). • After 2030, line 15 West will skirt around Paris by the west (towards Bois-Colombes, La Défense, Nanterre, etc.). Line 17 will enter into service in three stages: • In 2024 between Saint-Denis Pleyel and Le Bourget RER, perhaps even Paris-Le Bourget Airport, depending on technical feasibility, • In 2027 to the Gonesse Triangle (station located at the entrance of EuropaCity), • In 2030 at the latest to the Le Mesnil-Amelot station (via Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport). Line 17 in key figures: • 9 stations, including 5 linked to the Île-de-France transport network • 13 towns served in 3 departments (Seine-Saint-Denis, Val d’Oise, Seine-et-Marne) • 27 km of automated metro including 6 km above ground • 130,000 to 160,000 journeys expected on exhibition days • 40 to 50 million expected trips a year
- 04The SDRIF The EuropaCity project is being built in conjunction with the Île-de-France Region and its strategic goals. Adopted in 2013, the new Île-de-France Region Master Plan (SDRIF) sets the space-planning and organising orientations that will allow the region to meet its goals by 2030: reducing sharp social and territorial divisions reflected in unequal access to housing, jobs, facilities, mobility and parks; anticipating the energy transition and protecting natural resources; strengthening and diversifying the economy to maintain its global influence while serving local residents and their communities. The SDRIF’s implementation is based on the 2030 Île-de-France Regional Spatial Project, which rests on three pillars: • Connecting-structuring: the Île-de-France public transport network will get new stations for better accessibility; • Polarising-balancing: multifunctional activities will anchor different areas; • Preserving-enhancing: use of natural spaces will be limited and ecological continuity preserved. To find out more: Île de France