Eiffage is awarded the project to construct International City of Gastronomy in Dijon
Eiffage, represented by its Eiffage Aménagement and Eiffage Immobilier subsidiaries, has been selected to build the International City of Gastronomy (Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie) in Dijon, following a call for expression of interest.
The International City Of Gastronomy project, covering an area of more than 20,000 sq. m, will include exhibition halls, a conference centre, shops, restaurants, a wine pavilion, special training premises, a tourist residential facility, a four-star 90-room hotel, a cinema multiplex with 10 theatres and an eco-district with 640 accommodation units.
This construction project is to be carried out on a 6.5-hectare site occupied by Dijon’s former general hospital, located near the city centre, a stone’s throw from the high speed TGV train station and alongside a tramway line. The historic hospital building will be fully renovated and the project will be completed with contemporary buildings.
The International City of Gastronomy aims to promote the “French gourmet meal” – which was included in the Unesco world heritage list in 2010 – with emphasis on wines, for which Dijon has been described as the key centre for France’s network of gastronomic cities. The old hospital chapel will become a showcase for the Bourgogne wine-growing region’s climates which could also be included in the Unesco world heritage register by mid-2015.
Scheduled to open in 2018, the International City of Gastronomy is part of Dijon’s "Grand Sud" south-side urban development plan to completely remodel the city’s southern gateway and give it a new look for the 21st century.
Having also been entrusted with the construction of the Lyon International City of Gastronomy in that city’s historic Grand Hôtel-Dieu building, the Eiffage Group will be constructing two of the four International City of Gastronomy centres to be developed in France (in Dijon, Lyon, Rungis and Tours) following the French government’s call for proposals in 2012.