In support of regional development
Through its many locations and worksites, its wide range of projects, strong commitment to training and back-to-work programmes and ongoing dialogue with external stakeholders, the group plays an active role as a driver of regional socioeconomic development.
A as a coordinator of urban projects and a regional development partner, Eiffage is entrusted with major responsibilities by public authorities. The Group aims to set an example in the areas of project development and support, foster respect for the environment and the living world around us, and promote dialogue to ensure the involvement of all parties concerned.
The Group’s social policy is organised on the basis of the impacts its activities are seen to have on civil society and the solutions to be adopted when those impacts are negative.
Regional development and the living environment
As the use of the existing network intensifies, new motorway links and improved access points have become a key focus of APRR-AREA’s investment and development policy.
Motorways contribute to improving the daily lives of users, in particular by reducing travel times as well as improving road safety. They are five times safer than secondary road networks. Motorways also help promote tourism and the regional economy by facilitating access to a rapid and flexible transportation network.
Emblematic of this policy are the stimulus plan projects rolled out by the French government in 2015 following the agreement of the European Commission, which will make user mobility easier. For example, two non-toll urban motorway improvements, south of Clermont-Ferrand and west of Grenoble, will ease local traffic flow which is saturated at peak hours. Three reconfigured exchanges between motorways and national routes, in Montmarault, Mâcon and Belfort, will provide easier access to two TGV high-speed railway stations and a hospital, while also improving safety in areas with high volumes of heavy goods vehicle traffic.
In a further example of this approach, the A466 motorway was inaugurated in 2015. This road is the penultimate stage in the “Trans-European” motorway between Bordeaux and Geneva. It bypasses the Lyon metropolitan area to reduce urban air and noise pollution, and heralds a new, continuous, east-west European motorway link. These investment projects are conducted by APRR and AREA after consultation with local, regional and state authorities.
Eiffage helps enhance natural and urban landscapes by building special structures that enhance sites and ensure that facilities blend into their surroundings. In 2014, the Group was involved in the construction and renovation of two major museums in Paris: the Louis Vuitton Foundation and Hôtel Salé accommodating the Picasso-Paris Museum. Teams of specialised craftsmen and engineers were mobilised for these two projects.
Following its conversion under a mixed development plan for offices and a showroom, Citroën’s former New Deal garage in Lyon was handed over by Eiffage Construction Confluences in November 2015. This historic building’s 135 m long by 52 m wide hall of honour was refurbished to restore its impressive height, rising three storeys, while preserving its original character.
Teams from Eiffage Construction Equipements are also at work on the site of the famous art-nouveau Lutetia hotel (Paris VI), built in 1910. Operations on this worksite, located in a dense urban area, have to cope with the restriction of having only one access point.
Right from the design phase, APRR and AREA ensure that motorways will comply with the basic principle of historical, geographic and cultural integration in order to protect, preserve and highlight their surroundings. They also promote action for the economic and touristic development of areas their motorways pass through. In this context, a major project was launched to renovate cultural and tourist information signs, with the help of high-profile illustrators to give motorway projects a new graphic appeal.
In January 2015, the A77 motorway was equipped with its first new-generation touristic and cultural signboard. Created by the illustrator Matthieu Forichon, this signboard indicates Guédelon chateau in the Yonne department. Similarly, Aube department council, in partnership with APRR, will be highlighting key locations along the A5, including Clairvaux abbey which celebrates the 900th anniversary of its founding this year, the Champagne vineyards, the Camille Claudel museum in Nogent- sur-Seine and the chancel screen in Villemaur-sur-Vanne.
In 2015, twelve public and private sector organisations in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, including APRR, signed the Destination Bourgogne 2015-2017 agreement which plans to boost tourist traffic in Bourgogne. This French government initiative was deployed by regional authorities with the aim of promoting – nationally and internationally – the country’s 11 top tourist destinations.
A socioeconomic observatory, comprising the French state and other cofinanciers of the BPL high-speed rail link, representatives of regions the link crosses and affected economic sectors, along with Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) and Eiffage Rail Express, has been set up with the following purposes :
- Monitoring the rail link’s socioeconomic impacts during the work phase and in service through to 2022;
- Assessing its effects and gauging the main reactions in public opinion;
- Supplying transparent information on the rail link’s direct and indirect effects on the regions concerned;
- Use this specific feedback to enhance the design and integration of future rail link projects.
The creation of socioeconomic observatories of this type is reflected in the approach adopted by RFF for other linear infrastructure projects. Their goal is to go further than simply complying with statutory monitoring requirements. The observation period is therefore extended to 10 years. They play a part in capitalising the experience acquired in various rail projects in order to make constant improvements. In this way, they can be seen as laboratories for the study of related societal topics. Their governance requires the involvement of a range of interested parties to ensure a common approach and joint construction.
BPL high-speed rail link: Reviewing regional impacts after 3 years of works
Dans le cadre de l’Observatoire socio-économique de la LGV, Eiffage Rail Express a réalisé une analyse ciblée de l’activité générée par la sous-traitance, la fourniture et les prestations diverses, portant sur les phases de génie civil et d’équipements ferroviaires entre mai 2012 et juin 2015.
Through the rail link socioeconomic observatory, Eiffage Rail Express conducted a targeted analysis of business generated by subcontracting, procurement and the various services relating to civil engineering and railway equipment phases between May 2012 and June 2015.
Total business activity outside the Group was worth more than one billion sixty million euros before tax for the two work phases considered. While every region of mainland France played a part in constructing the BPL rail link, firms in the Bretagne and Pays de la Loire regions secured nearly half the total business (46%) excluding the Group’s activity.
This business dynamic benefitting local firms reflects the joint efforts made by local public institutions (job centres and regional chambers of commerce and industry), regional public works federations and the Eiffage Group to promote local professional integration and jobs.
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Commitment to development in emerging countries
Backed by its network covering 70 countries, including about 20 in Africa, Eiffage’s divisions carry out many projects in emerging countries and, in doing so, they support the economic and technical development of emerging countries and help local people acquire new skills.
In the energy sector, Eiffage Energie holds contracts that contribute to territorial and economic development in countries including Mali and Ivory Coast. They include the renovation of power plants in Bamako and Abidjan to improve local energy supply. Beyond the business it generates, this commitment also enables the group to establish business relations in a strategic sector, at a time when the African economy is becoming one of the most dynamic in the world
Clemessy – notably through its RMT subsidiary – is present in several African countries where it is involved in projects to drill for drinking water and install electric power systems, such as in:
- Togo: Installation of 10 boreholes for the water company Société du Patrimoine Eau Potable et Assainissement and electrification work for the port of Lomé.
- Congo: RMT won a contract with the Port Autonome de Pointe-Noire port authority to supply electricity to the port complex.
- Benin: RMT is in charge of renovating and building electricity substations and grid lines for seven big cities, and upgrading the drinking water supply system for Cotonou and suburbs, which entails installing 26 boreholes and 38 pumphouses.
- Morocco: As part of this country’s plan to improve and extend its national power transmission grid, Clemessy Maroc commissioned a new 470-km-long extra-high voltage line linking Tiznit and Laayoune. This strategic project will underpin the southern region’s economic and social development by:
- increasing the reliability of power supplies to Saharan provinces which were hitherto connected to the national grid by a single non-backed-up power line,
- improving the quality of service provided for customers, especially industrial facilities,
- catering for future electricity demand in those provinces,
- facilitating the delivery of power production from new renewable energy projects (wind and solar power) under construction or being developed in southern regions.
In addition, Eiffage Métal manufactured 14 footbridges for the city of Luanda in Angola. Of these, 12 have already been installed – an operation that took less than three hours for each bridge. It is planned to install 104 footbridges by April 2018.
Eiffage Senegal, lasting civic commitment
As a key partner in the development of the town’s infrastructure and the renovation of its main historical buildings, Eiﬀage Senegal has played a part in a great many projects along with the Heritage department, such as the restoration of Tombe Protêt in Carabane, in 2013. In November 2014, it renovated the RTS premises in Saint-Louis and completed renovation work on the former residence of President Senghor which has been converted into a museum. In 2015, Eiffage Senegal participated in numerous initiatives alongside the Senegalese ministry for urban renewal, housing and living environment, to evaluate the improvements needed for the North Highway connecting Senegal and Mauritania. This evaluation also provided an opportunity to raise awareness among the Senegalese population around preservation of natural resources and the living environment.
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Commitment to competitiveness clusters
Eiffage is a member of numerous national and global competitiveness clusters, many of which were set up in order to marshal companies’ innovative capabilities as a means of driving growth and creating jobs in promising markets.