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Makeover for the Grand Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon



In short

It’s the largest conversion project of a classified historic monument in France. Eiffage has been selected by the Hospices Civils de Lyon (Rhone area), to rejuvenate the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, an imposing building whose majestic facade stretches for 350 meters.

Founded in the twelfth century, the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, located on the banks of the Rhone river, right at the centre of the Gaulle capital, was extensively remodelled in the eighteenth century. It has three domes, a cloister and a series of interior courtyards. It is an architectural treasure.

Eiffage has teamed up with chief architect of historical monuments Didier Repellin (who restored the Popes’ Palace in Avignon), and Albert Constantine from AIA architects. The project aims to open up to the world a building that, until now, has been largely inaccessible (due to its function as a hospital), while at the same time fully respecting its historical integrity. As of 2017, the building will house shops and boutiques (14,000 m²), offices (16,000 m²), a 5 star hotel (17,000 m²), a conference centre and a museum (7,000 m²), complete with car park in the basement. Out of the 54,000 m² of floor area, 42,000 m² will be restored and 12,000 m² refurbished. An investment of nearly 200 million euros!

"We have been working closely with specialist historians to date the various periods of construction so that we can carry out the best possible restoration work” says Bernard Vitiello, Deputy Director of Eiffage Immobilier and manager of the Grand Hotel-Dieu conversion project. “We are going to restore all the woodwork and roofs, and we will clean and restore the facades” he added. Since they were not able to transform the Hospices’ medical museum into a major museum of health, the Eiffage teams are hoping that Lyon will win the competition to become the International City of Gastronomy, so that the museum may recapture its former glory.

"We will submit the historic monument work permit (that replaces the building permit) before the end of the year, so that work can begin in autumn 2013 and delivery can be made in 2017," says Bernard Vitiello. "We are setting up a rental process for all the “products” in this project. Since we do not intend to keep it in our portfolio, we are seeking one or more investors for all 54,000 m²."

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