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Rebirth for the Grand Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon



The Grand Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon


40,000 m² of restored buildings, 11,500 m² of new buildings, 8,000 m² of courtyards and gardens: Eiffage has been selected by the Hospices Civils de Lyon (Rhône) to rehabilitate the Grand Hôtel-Dieu. On 3 April 2015, Pierre Berger underlined the fact that this is the “largest private renovation project ever carried out for a classified historic monument in France”.

Founded in the 12th century, this historic building, located in an area that has been included in the Unesco list of world heritage sites, has three domes, a cloister and a series of interior courtyards. Its majestic façade stretches for 350 metres. An architectural treasure.

The project aims to open up a building that until now has been largely inaccessible to the public, while fully respecting its historical integrity. To achieve this, Eiffage has teamed up with chief architect of historical monuments, Didier Repellin, as well as Albert Constantin and Claire Bertrand from architect firm AIA Associés.

Teams from Eiffage have also been busy carrying out lengthy studies with specialist historians in order to date the various periods of construction and carry out the best possible restoration and conversion. A ninety-nine year leasehold was signed in December 2014.

Once the building work has been completed, the Grand Hôtel-Dieu will house nine restaurants, forty-five boutiques, offices, an InterContinental 5* hotel with 143 rooms, a conference centre, a dozen residential units and the International City of Gastronomy. 1,400 windows will be restored or replaced, 15,000 m2 of roofing will be repaired, 40,000 m2 of facades cleaned and renovated. The site will open onto the city at eight different points of access, seven of which will be accessible to the public, replacing the single access point currently in use. One passageway will be protected by a large glass canopy. The City of Lyon will also be renovating the surrounding streets and the Jules-Courmont quay.

The historic monument work permit (that replaces the usual building permit) was granted in June 2013, and works are due to begin in spring 2015 with delivery scheduled for late 2017 to mid-2018.

Steered by a management team of over 45 people, an average of 400 site workers (increasing to a maximum of 800 at the height of the works) will be working on the project. During the construction phase, over 1,200 people will be employed on the project either directly or indirectly. Three cranes are being mobilised, one of which will be 80 metres high. Once completed, this conversion will receive Breeam Very Good certification for its environmental performance.


General view of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon. © Asylum.
View of the future "court of Noon" with its window. © Asylum.