Right next to Disneyland Paris (15 million visitors per year) and the La Vallée Village outlet stores (6 million visitors per year), the Val d’Europe International Shopping center is strategically located in the heart of the leading tourist destination in Europe. One in three consumers is a customer from outside the catchment area.
In January 2012, the site was awarded the Procos Prize as the best commercial operation of the last 20 years in France.
Since then, it has experienced exceptional and constant growth, welcoming over 16 million visitors a year.
Capitalizing on this success, the site is preparing its entry into the circle of large commercial spaces of more than 100,000 m². With already 98,400 m², Klépierre is investing in an extension of more than 20,000 m², which it hopes will be architecturally, and technically inspiring.
The construction site itself, launched in early 2015, is equally ambitious :
– The new structure has to cover the tracks of the Ile-de-France LGV train interconnection of that crosses Val d’Europe.
– The importance of structural risks related to the railway line, the volume and weight of the shopping center that the foundations will support on its total area (20 000 m²)
– A group of specific works by Demathieu Bard Immobilier (Demathieu Bard Travaux Publics for the pillars and the concrete slab, Matière for the steel structure and project management by Ingerop)
– An innovative project based on ownership of the structure: the off-plan sale “Vefa”, mainly reserved for the sale of buildings, allowed for the division of the property in different volumes for Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) in which the TGV circulates, one in which the slab covering is constructed and one the other which will house the extension of the shopping center.
The installation of thirteen 80 ton, 40 meter long beams was an important step and required the intervention of one of the largest crawler cranes in Europe – 1350 tons and over 120 meters high – from the Netherlands, breaking a European record.