Grand Stade Lille Métropole stadium: Symbolic foundation stone is laid
“The site generating the most media excitement since the Millau Viaduct”
Given the extent of the crowds that turned out on September 27th to witness the laying of the foundation stone of the Grand Stade Lille Métropole stadium, currently being built by Eiffage under a Public-Private Partnership agreement, it was obvious that Jean-François Roverato’s statement was no exaggeration.
Alongside Martine Aubry, President of the Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine, Jean-Michel Bérard, Prefect of the region, and Ferdinand Duchaussoy, President of the French Football Federation, hundreds of local elected officials, journalists and Eiffage employees attended the ceremony.
Even the sun came out to witness the event!
The laying of the foundation stone signals the official launch of the construction project, which should be completed by July 2012. Works did in fact begin early in the year and have already reached cruise speed.
More than 500 employees are currently working at the site and, once again, the force generated by combining the many skills of the various branches of Eiffage on a major joint project is obvious to all: Eiffage Construction Métallique is responsible for the metallic superstructures and the sliding roof, Eiffage Travaux Publics is responsible for civil engineering, Forclum is in charge of electrical installations and Eiffage Construction will provide ancillary equipment.
As with the Millau Viaduct, the Group is united around a common goal: to successfully build the finest stadium in Europe.