Saint-Denis Plaine Commune Creation Cluster

With its urban mutation in full swing and already attracting major companies, the Creation cluster benefits from the momentum given by the construction of French film-maker Luc Besson’s Cité du Cinéma.
Located in the Seine-Saint-Denis “département”, the cluster covers the towns of Saint-Denis, Saint-Ouen, Aubervilliers, Epinay-sur-Seine, La Courneuve, Pierrefitte, Stains, Villetaneuse and L’Ile-Saint-Denis.

The area is undergoing a radical transformation and attracting major companies

The area counts iconic edifices such as the Stade de France, offices of the Société du Grand Paris as well as the headquarters of several large French and international corporations (SNCF, Generali, Siemens, Orange, Randstad, Vente-privee.com, SFR).

Significant projects have already been announced by the following organisations:
  • Veolia, moving to Aubervilliers in 2015;
  • Banque de France, planning to move two major cash centres to La Courneuve by 2017;
  • GDF-Suez, considering to move its headquarters to a large campus next to its R&D centre, just opposite Stade de France, by 2018.

Specialising in creative professions

Research unit Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord and circus school Académie Fratellini were the seedlings first exhibiting the cultural identity that the area is looking to acquire. It is already attracting over 40,000 students, distributed over various academic sites such as Université Paris VIII in Saint-Denis and Université Paris XIII in Villetaneuse.

Since 1987, former food warehouses reconverted into TV facilities are home to the recording studios of E.M.G.P. (Entreprises des Magasins Généraux de Paris).
The arrival of Luc Besson’s Cité du Cinéma, launched in September 2012, brought a new momentum to the cluster. With 14 film sets and over 50 television studios, it rivals neighbouring countries’ cultural hubs (Germany, Italy, UK).
Such economic and demographic dynamics allows for the emergence of a number ambitious projects, including:
  • The Millénaire shopping centre, launched in 2011 in Aubervilliers by Klépierre and Icade and covering nearly 22,000 m² and 130 shops have since opened in its shopping arcade;
  • The Campus Condorcet Paris-Aubervilliers scheduled for completion by 2018 will be an academic institution dedicated to European humanities and social sciences. Nearby Front Populaire metro station recently opened will see its Line 12 extended up to the future Mairie d’Aubervilliers métro station in 2017.

Grand Paris Express will reinforce an already dense transportation network 

This strategic hub at the North-East of Paris relies on an already dense transportation network with two RER lines (B and D) and seven métro stations (lines 12 and 13). Saint-Denis Pleyel, the cluster’s future Grand Paris Express station scheduled to be in service in 2023, will be the terminus for metro lines 14, 16 et 17 and allow a connection with metro Line 15 and RER D.

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