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Over 150 years of history and collective memory bond the Eiffage Group with the companies that gave rise to its creation and with the general public. Since 1844, the Group has been working on projects that change the lives of men, giving form to often iconic achievements.
  • Creation of Fougerolle (Creuse)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Creation of Fougerolle
    (Creuse)

    Philippe Fougerolle (1806-1883) founded the family company of public works, which took part in constructing the Nivernais canal.

  • Foundation of Quillery (Val-de-Marne)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Foundation of Quillery
    (Val-de-Marne)

    Emile Quillery, a mason from the Berry province in central France, founded the family business at Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in 1863, not far from the urbanisation project conducted by Baron Haussmann to rebuild and transform Paris.

  • Creation of SAE (Paris)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Creation of SAE
    (Paris)

    Société Auxiliaire d'Entreprises électriques et de travaux publics (SAE) was founded in Paris by the brothers Albert and Ernest de Marchena and Gino Valatelli from Milan.

  • Initial work on the port of Dakar (Senegal)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Initial work on the
    port of Dakar (Senegal)

    The port’s creation started with two million tonnes of rockfilling work and the construction of 6 km of docks.

  • Foundation of Société Chimique de la Route (Lyon)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Foundation of Société
    Chimique de la Route (Lyon)

    Three young chemist-engineers – Michel Trux, Marcel Reynaud and Alexandre Colon – created a company for the production of bitumen emulsion.

  • Construction of the first section of the A13 motorway (Saint-Cloud)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Construction of the first
    section of the A13 motorway (Saint-Cloud)

    A large number of SAE’s 500 workers worked on the construction site of the “Autoroute de l’Ouest”, the prestigious project for the first French motorway, for four years.

  • Fougerolle builds the bridge of Tancarville (Seine-Maritime)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Fougerolle builds the bridge of Tancarville
    (Seine-Maritime)

    Construction on the Tancarville bridge started in 1955. The bridge long held the record for the longest suspension bridge in Europe (1,360 m). It was commissioned in July 1959.

  • Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy (Paris)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Palais Omnisports
    de Paris-Bercy (Paris)

    On 3 February 1984, the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy (now renamed AccorHotelsArena), a 55,000 m2 multi-purpose venue that can accommodate more than 16,000 spectators, was inaugurated by the Mayor of Paris after four years of work. 

  • 3,000 kilometres of motorway network (France)
    150 years
    of know-how

    3,000 kilometres of
    motorway network (France)

    Beugnet delivered the “three thousandth” kilometre of motorway in France, later passing the 7,000-kilometre mark in the early 1990s.

  • Jakarta Airport (Indonesia)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Jakarta Airport
    (Indonesia)

    The contract to extend Jakarta Airport buttressed SAE’s position as a leading international construction player.

  • Louvre Pyramid (Paris)
    150 years
    of know-how

    Louvre Pyramid
    (Paris)

    Eiffel, today Eiffage Metal, built a pyramidal glass and metal structure symbolising the revival of the largest museum in the world.

  • Acquisition of Fougerolle by its employees
    Birth of a giant
    in the construction industry

    Acquisition of Fougerolle
    by its employees

    One of the biggest employee buy-outs ever staged for a French company was launched.

  • Work starts on the Channel tunnel (Pas-de-Calais)
    Birth of a giant
    in the construction industry

    Work starts on the Channel
    tunnel (Pas-de-Calais)

    SAE started digging the tunnel under the English Channel in May. The “project of the century”, linking France to England, became a reality.

  • Creation of the Eiffage Group
    Birth of a giant
    in the construction industry

    Creation of the
    Eiffage Group

    The merger of Fougerolle and SAE gave birth to the Eiffage Group.

  • Inauguration of the Pont de Normandie (Seine-Maritime)
    Birth of a giant
    in the construction industry

    Inauguration of the
    Pont de Normandie (Seine-Maritime)

    Spanning the mouth of the river Seine, the Normandy Bridge (2,141 m long) was inaugurated on 20 January.

  • Delivery of the extension of the European Parliament (Brussels)
    Birth of a giant
    in the construction industry

    Delivery of the extension
    of the European Parliament (Brussels)

    The extension of the European Parliament in Brussels was completed.

  • Creation of Eiffage Construction
    Birth of a giant
    in the construction industry

    Creation of
    Eiffage Construction

    Fougerolle, Quillery and SAE merged to create Eiffage Construction. Norelec joined Forclum.

  • Construction of Mediterranean TGV starts
    Birth of a giant
    in the construction industry

    Construction of Mediterranean
    TGV starts

    Eiffage’s subsidiaries came together for the construction work on the Mediterranean high-speed line.

  • Success for the employee buy-out
    Birth of a giant
    in the construction industry

    Success for the
    employee buy-out

    The buy-out of the company by its employees, launched in 1990, was concluded successfully.

  • Contract for “virtual” toll motorway in Portugal
    Birth of a giant
    in the construction industry

    Contract for “virtual”
    toll motorway in Portugal

    Eiffage won a concession contract for 155 km of virtual toll motorways in Portugal.

  • Work starts on the Millau Viaduct (Aveyron)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Work starts on the
    Millau Viaduct (Aveyron)

    Eiffage is the builder-concession operator of the Millau Viaduct, 2,460 m long, the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world (270 metres between the road deck and the ground below).

  • Extension of metro line 14 (Paris)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Extension of metro
    line 14 (Paris)

    The fully automatic line 14, known under the project name Meteor (for “Metro est-ouest rapide”), was extended between the Madeleine station and its new terminus, Gare Saint-Lazare. 

  • Eiffage acquires the French State’s stake in APRR
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Eiffage acquires the French
    State’s stake in APRR

    The French State chose Eiffage-Macquarie to take over its holding in APRR (Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône), France’s second-largest motorway group.

  • A65 motorway for A’liénor (Nouvelle Aquitaine)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    A65 motorway for A’liénor
    (Nouvelle Aquitaine)

    The A’liénor consortium (65% Eiffage, 35% Sanef) won the concession contract for the 150 km-long A65 motorway between Langon (Gironde) and Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques). 

  • First stone laid for the DGGN headquarters (Issy-les-Moulineaux)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    First stone laid for the DGGN headquarters
    (Issy-les-Moulineaux)

    Work started on the future 47,000 m2 headquarters of the French Gendarmerie (DGGN) in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine).

  • Commissioning of the Perpignan-Figueras LGV
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Commissioning of the
    Perpignan-Figueras LGV

    The 44.4 km-long high-speed line between Perpignan in France and Figueras in Spain was delivered on time to the concession operator, TP Ferro, owned jointly by Eiffage Group and its Spanish partner ACS-Dragados.

  • Inauguration of Route des Tamarins (Réunion)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Inauguration of Route
    des Tamarins (Réunion)

    Opening to traffic of the Tamarins expressway on Réunion island (34 km, 123 engineering structures) in June.

  • First PPP in West Africa (Senegal)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    First PPP in
    West Africa (Senegal)

    Laying of the first stone of the Dakar-Diamniadio motorway in Senegal, constructed by Eiffage as part of a 30-year PPP (public-private partnership) concession contract.

  • Two decades of employee ownership
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Two decades of
    employee ownership

    Eiffage celebrates 20 years of employee ownership, an unwavering success and a unique experience among large French companies.

  • A65 motorway opens to traffic (Nouvelle Aquitaine)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    A65 motorway opens to traffic
    (Nouvelle Aquitaine)

    Inauguration in December of the 150 km-long A65 motorway between Langon (Gironde) and Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques).

  • Signature of the PPP for the high speed line Bretagne-Pays de la Loire
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Signature of the PPP for the high speed line
    Bretagne-Pays de la Loire

    Eiffage and Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) signed the PPP (public-private partnership) for the construction of the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire high-speed line, a 182-km line between Le Mans and Rennes.

  • Commissioning of the Saint-Nazaire hospital centre (Loire-Atlantique)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Commissioning of the Saint-Nazaire hospital centre
    (Loire-Atlantique)

    Commissioning in February of Cité Sanitaire de Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), a 790-bed hospital centre. The first patients were welcomed in July.

  • Commissioning of Stade Pierre Mauroy (Nord)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Commissioning of
    Stade Pierre Mauroy (Nord)

    Commissioning in August of Grand Stade Lille Metropole and its performance hall, renamed Stade Pierre Mauroy, in Villeneuve-d'Ascq on the outskirts of Lille (Nord department).

  • Opening of Louvre-Lens Museum (Pas-de-Calais)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Opening of Louvre-Lens
    Museum (Pas-de-Calais)

    Inauguration on 4 December, the feast day of Sainte-Barbe, the patron saint of miners, of the Louvre-Lens Museum, the second regional offshoot of a Paris museum after Centre Pompidou-Metz.

  • The Majunga building, a new skyscraper in La Défense
    The triumph
    of engineering

    The Majunga building,
    a new skyscraper in La Défense

    Forty months of work and a peak construction workforce of 600 were required for this 47-floor building, weighing 135,000 tonnes. 

  • The metamorphosis of the Picasso-Paris national museum
    The triumph
    of engineering

    The metamorphosis of the
    Picasso-Paris national museum

    The stonecutters and the master craftsmen of Pradeau & Morin completely transformed Hôtel Salé, a 17th-century mansion hosting the new Picasso-Paris national museum, the largest Picasso museum in the world. 

  • The A466, penultimate link in the Bordeaux-Geneva trans-European road
    The triumph
    of engineering

    The A466, penultimate link
    in the Bordeaux-Geneva trans-European road

    The A466, opened in July 2015, bypasses the city of Lyon to link the A6 and A46 motorways and is the penultimate link in the Bordeaux-Geneva trans-European road. An €80 million investment for APRR.

  • Eiffage Construction selected to construct the first mixed wood and concrete building in France
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Eiffage Construction selected to construct the
    first mixed wood and concrete building in France

    Eiffage Construction is to construct Hypérion, a mixed wood and concrete building in Bordeaux (Gironde), a first in France. 

  • Inauguration of the world’s largest lock in Antwerp
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Inauguration of the world’s
    largest lock in Antwerp

    Eiffage Benelux supervised construction work on the world’s biggest ship lock in the port of Antwerp: 500 m long and 68 m wide. 

  • Delivery of the Posnania shopping centre in Poznań (Poland)
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Delivery of the Posnania
    shopping centre in Poznań (Poland)

    Posnania in Poznań (Poland) is an ultramodern shopping mall, with a total floor area of 320,000 sq.m, a lettable area of 100,000 sq.m, and 3,300 parking spaces. 

  • Commissioning of Bretagne-Pays de la Loire high-speed line
    The triumph
    of engineering

    Commissioning of Bretagne-Pays de la Loire
    high-speed line

    The inauguration of the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire high-speed rail link on 20 June 2017 was the culmination of five years of work. This outsize project - 214 km of railway line - confirms Eiffage Group’s ability to conduct huge multi-system turnkey projects.

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