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Inauguration of Epsilon, a new building for Alstom Transport at Carré de Soie district in Villeurbanne

08/10/2015
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Alstom Transport on Thursday 8 October 2015 inaugurated the installation of its Villeurbanne site in the new building in Carré de Soie district. The inauguration took place in the presence of Gérard Collomb, Senator-Mayor of Lyon and President of the Lyon Metropolitan Area, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President of Alstom Transport, Stéphanie Paix, President of the Management Board of Caisse d’Epargne Rhône-Alpes, Renaud Haberkorn, President of the Management Board of ANF Immobilier, Didier Caudard-Breille, President and founder of DCB International, and Jean-Paul Bret, Mayor of Villeurbanne.

AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT IN THE HEART OF THE LYON METROPOLITAN AREA

After two years of construction work, the new building, which has been baptised Epsilon, opened its doors in mid-August 2015 to the entire population of employees specialised in the design and supply of electrical systems and products for trains and railway signalling. Designed by SUD Architectes, Epsilon is built on two underground levels. The programme has created a usable surface area of 36,900m2 composed of:

  • offices
  • test laboratories
  • manufacturing workshops• a logistics hall• a company restaurant with a capacity for 1200 people per sitting

Previously based in the Bel-Air district of Villeurbanne, Alstom Transport is extending its foothold in the Lyon metropolitan area, thus confirming its ambition to contribute to the economical and social development of the French regions. This is highlighted by the decision to implant the site in the heart of Lyon’s fourth business district and that of the property developer DCB International to carry out this project, in association with investors ANF Immobilier (65%), Caisse d’Epargne Rhône-Alps (30%) and DCB Partners.

AN EXEMPLARY BUILDING FOR A SUSTAINABLE

Epsilon is the first building in France to obtain the dual certification HQE1 and BREEAM2 Very Good, incorporating the parameters of the RT 2012 Thermal Regulations3. It provides optimal levels of comfort for employees, using 15% less energy than a standard new building.This is ensured by a centralized guidance system which activates the blinds depending on the amount of sunlight, modifies the lighting according to external luminosity, and monitors energy consumption levels (heating, air conditioning, hot water, lighting). Rainwater is recovered and used to water green spaces, as is the energy created through lift operation. Employees also have access to recharging stations for electric cars and bike-parks at every entrance.

Epsilon thus reflects the ambitions of the different actors of the project: innovate today to adapt to the needs of tomorrow. In this respect, Alstom Transport designs services, equipment and rail systems to reduce distances while guaranteeing a maximum level of security for passengers. DCB International designs buildings that areresistant to time, respect the environment and anticipate the future needs of users. Finally, ANF Immobilier invests in the most dynamic regional metropolitan areas where it makes a strong contribution to emerging districts destined to become the city centres of tomorrow - sustainable districts in which everyone can live, work and evolve.


[1] Haute Qualité Environnementale (High Environmental Quality). A management approach to environmental quality in construction and building rehabilitation.
[2] BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is a UK norm applied to sustainable construction.
[3] The aim of the RT 2012 Thermal Regulations is to limit the energy consumption of new residential buildings, or new buildings destined for any other use (tertiary).


ABOUT ALSTOM TRANSPORT

A prmoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport manages entire transport systems, including trains, signalling, infrastructure, maintenance and modernisation, and offers integrated solutions to its clients. Alstom Transport had sales of €6.2 billion and booked 10 billion of orders in the fiscal year 2014/15. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and employs around 28,000 people.

Present on 12 sites in France, Alstom Transport is the leading French railway company and contributes to the vitality of local economies. Its approximately 9000 employees in France provide a pool of expertise to serve French and international clients.

ABOUT DCB INTERNATIONAL

Since its creation in 1999, the Group gradually specialized its developments on the tertiary realestate development with high added value. Managed by Didier Caudard-Breille, his founder, the Group realizes symbolic programs, excellence pursued at every level, particularly on the sustainable plan. The building “EMPREINTE”, headquarter of the group in Lyon-Confluence and the real estate Building “EPSILON”, are the perfect illustration.In 2014, its subsidiary “DCB Capital” was awarded 8th position (in volume), in the national ranking of the French property developers in tertiary sector (source:La Lettre du Patrimoine).With more than 50 000 sqm of green certified offices NF-HQE and BREEAM in progress, the DCB Group is today one of the major player in commercial real estate in the Lyon Region.

THE INVESTORS

ABOUT ANF IMMOBILIER

ANF Immobilier (ISIN FR0000063091) is a French listed real estate investment company which owns a diversified portfolio of office, retail, hotel and residential property worth €1,165 million. It is currently undergoing a major transformation to concentrate on commercial real estate, and aims to invest in the regions and promote regional cities. It currently has assets in Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille. Listed on Eurolist B of Euronext Paris and included in the EPRA real estate index, ANF Immobilier is a company of the Eurazeo Group.

ABOUT DCB PARTNERS

DCB Partners is the equity subsidiary of DCB International in charge of its big real estate projects and major clients.

ARCHITECTS

ABOUT SUD ARCHITECTES

The design for the project, which was developed and led by DCB International, was supplied by the firm SUD Architectes.Created in 1981, SUD has progressively gained ground in Rhône Alpes, then in France and internationally through such symbolic projects as the global headquarters of ATARI in Lyon in 2001 or Manufaktura in Poland in 2002. With a turnover of 14.3 M in 2014, 16 associates and nearly 150 employees in Lyon, Paris, Warsaw and Kiev, SUD continues to develop on the international and international market, particularly in Poland, Russia and in the Middle East.In Greater Lyon, its historic stamping ground, the SUD brand has signed numerous projects contributing to the development of the Lyon agglomeration, such as the Pathé Vaise cinema, Accinov, the Citröen garage, the headquarters of the SEB Group, Médipôle Lyon-Villeurbanne, Renault Trucks, Aguettant, Alstom Transport…

ABOUT LA CERA

The Caisse d’Epargne Rhône-Alpes is a full-service cooperative bank present in 5 French departments (Rhône, Ain, Isère,Savoie and Haute-Savoie) and in every market: individuals, businesses, professionals, associations, collectives and local institutions, social housing, property development… 2 million clients, 637,000 members, 3000 employees, 300 branches,6 business centres…

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