Identified as a strategic development territory in the 1994 Greater Paris Region master plan (SDRIF), Gonesse Triangle and Roissy’s airport hub today combine many projects within the Grand Paris and Grand Roissy framework. They span the Val d’Oise (95) and Seine-Saint-Denis (93) “départements”.
Roissy airport’s hub
The area around Roissy’s airport is attracting large-scale projects :
- Opened in October 2013, the Aéroville shopping centre (an Aéroports de Paris / Unibail-Rodamco venture) includes a hypermarket, 200 shops and Luc Besson’s first cinema over an 84,000 m² surface;
- A congress centre (International Trade Center) will have 75 meeting rooms and a capacity for 5,000 participants; seven hotels are to be built nearby by 2019;
- The Aerolians Paris project, which first buildings are to be completed by 2015, aims to build 850,000 m² of space for international businesses, including a major extension of the exhibition centre (Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord Villepinte) that will see its surface extended to 350,000 m² in total, thus becoming the largest in France.
The Gonesse Triangle is also the cradle of large iconic projects (Paris Asia Business Centre, CAREX high speed fret project and Europa City)
So far characterised by vast acres of agricultural land, next to Roissy airport runways, the Gonesse Triangle integrates towns such as Goussainville, Gonesse, Roissy and Le Thillay.
The Paris Asia Business Centre is a key project for the Gonesse Triangle. Dubbed « the HQ of Asian trade in France », this tertiary complex will spread over some 200,000 m² bordering Roissy airport, within the Aerolians business hub. The first works are planned to start in spring 2014.
Supporting the project, Groupe Saint Germain wants this business centre to become a pillar of import-export activities with China, “a meeting point dedicated to the exchange of know-hows and goods.”
Paris Asia Business Centre will include:
- A 330,000 m² high tech space dedicated to cutting edge sectors such as renewable energies;
- 18,000 m² of office space for the French headquarters of Chinese companies and for French companies doing business with China;
- 127,000 m² of warehouses for importing wholesalers;
- Hotels and services (kindergarten, sports facilities, corporate restaurants, banks…);
- A showroom dedicated to international exhibitions around French and Chinese products and to cultural events.
The EURO CAREX high-speed rail freight project will connect the main European airport cities (Barcelona, London, Marseille…).
- Completion is scheduled for 2018;
- Within the Roissy CAREX association, a public-private partnership brings together the Seine-et-Marne and Seine-Saint-Denis “départements”, the Greater Paris Region, French railway infrastructure operator Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) and companies such as Aéroports de Paris (ADP), FedEx and Air France-KLM;
- Within this initiative, Goussainville (95) will dedicate a 20-hectare site to a freight project as well as an 80-hectare economic activity zone (ZAE) to services and logistics, including a cargo terminal.
Run by Dutch project supervisor Güller & Güller on behalf of Immochan, Europa City is the area’s flagship project. This entertainment complex targets customers from the North of the Greater Paris Region, employees from the Roissy airport area and residents of an extended catchment area.
- Completion is scheduled for 2020-2025;
- The project involves the urbanisation of 80 hectares where a broad range of retail and entertainment equipment and activities will be available;
- Original and offering innovative features, Europa City has received extensive media coverage;
- However, criticised for its scale and for the plan to build on fertile land, the project will be submitted to a public consultation.
The ambition of the Europa City project is to combine:
- A 150,000 m² entertainment park targeting both families and sport amateur,
- A 230,000 m² shopping arcade,
- 50,000 m² dedicated to culture,
- 150,000 m² of hotels and congress center,
- And 100,000 m² of public spaces
A dedicated transportation network
Completed by 2024, the transportation network serving this cluster will have Grand Paris Express Line 17connect the stations of Triangle de Gonesse, Parc des Expositions Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) terminals 2 and 4.