The real estate project launched by ENGIE and Nexity in 2018 has reached a new milestone with the signing of the sale of ENGIE's future headquarters to Swiss Life Asset Managers France.
This eco-campus, located in La Garenne-Colombes in the Hauts-de-Seine region (92) aims to showcase service-sector real estate that is ambitious in terms of energy and environmental transition; a demonstration of the commitment of ENGIE, Nexity and Swiss Life Asset Managers in the transition to carbon neutrality. The future eco-campus, scheduled for completion in 2024, targets the eco-labels HQE Excellent, Breeam Excellent and Biodivercity, as well as Wired Score, Gold and Osmoz certifications for connectivity and quality of working life.
Designed in close collaboration with the city, Paris La Défense developer and public-sector actors, this scalable and horizontal venue perfectly integrated into its surroundings will facilitate synergies between teams. This project reflects the convictions of Nexity, ENGIE and Swiss Life Asset Managers regarding the need to offer a workplace environment that performs well technologically and environmentally, is attractive and is a pleasant place to be.
The unprecedented crisis in 2020 is leading economic actors to rethink working methods and their relationship with space. The resized eco-campus project, located as close as possible to the new Grand Paris train station "Nanterre La Folie," covers an area of 94 000 m2. Nexity will pursue the mainly commercial development of the remaining 5.5 hectares of the former PSA site, located as an extension of Paris La Défense, with the same ambition of environmental performance and anticipation of new uses, while also creating room for nature in the city.
Philippe Juvin, Mayor of La Garenne-Colombes, "welcomes the agreement between Nexity and Swiss Life Asset Managers as a very ambitious project for the city of La Garenne-Colombes. The arrival of ENGIE in our region is great and good news, and is an element of hope for the economy and employment in this very special period.”
Claire Waysand, Interim Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE said: "I am pleased with the completion of this campus project for the ENGIE Group, which will be resized to fit our needs and will constitute a modern, scalable workplace, consistent with our commitment to the energy transition. With a goal of being 100% renewable, the energy mix adopted for the campus will reflect our know-how; it incorporates an innovative geothermal system, photovoltaic panels linked to a storage system, biogas boilers and smartgrids."
Alain Dinin, Chairman and CEO of Nexity: "I am proud of the completion today of the ENGIE eco-campus project, which once again shows us that commercial real estate integrating all the challenges of our society, will enable the company to remain an extremely solid reference point in our society, as well as being something everyone can relate to. The ENGIE eco-campus provides tailor-made, concrete responses to the shared environmental and societal ambitions of Nexity, ENGIE and Swiss Life Asset Managers, as well as the city of La Garenne-Colombes and public stakeholders, by paving the way for the development of new strategic sites.”
"The future ENGIE headquarters embodies our convictions for the office of tomorrow and is perfectly in line with our ambitious ESG strategy as promoted by Swiss Life Asset Managers. This crisis reinforces our vision of a more inclusive and sustainable post-covid tertiary sector.” Frédéric Bôl, Chairman of the Executive Board Swiss Life Asset Managers France.
The design of ENGIE's eco-campus is signed by the agencies SCAU Architecture, Chaix & Morel et Associés, Art & Build Architects, the landscape architect Base and the project manager Artelia.
Swiss Life Asset Managers France was assisted in this transaction by l'Etude Notaires du Trocadéro and Lacourte Raquin Tatar for the legal aspects and SEDRI, Barbanel for the technical aspects and Eastdil Secured for the funding.
Nexity and ENGIE were assisted by l’Etude Notaires du Trocadéro, De Pardieu-Brocas, DS Avocats, Gide Loyrette Nouel, August et Debouzy in terms of legal matters; by CA CIB for the financing and guarantees; by Bazin companies CMS for strategy and user advice, by Colliers for lessee-related aspects and finally by CBRE, JLL and Nexity Consulting & Transaction for strategy and marketing consulting.
Swiss Life Asset Managers France was assisted in financing this operation by the banking pool made up of BNP Paribas, Natixis and Société Générale – long-standing partners of the Group – and was advised by Allez & Associés and Gide Loyrette Nouel.