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Swiss Life Asset Managers France joins forces with ENGIE and Nexity for the construction of ENGIE’s future zero-carbon head office

January 8, 2020

Swiss Life Asset Managers France recently signed a commitment to purchase the future global head office of ENGIE, located in La Garenne-Colombes, a natural extension of La Défense.

The zero-carbon building complex boasts exceptional features, and will offer a very high-quality work environment to employees.

Jointly developed by ENGIE and Nexity, the complex will comprise six buildings of six to seven stories each, for a total floor area of 135,000 sq.m and an excellent level of performance and services. The eco-site was designed by architecture firms SCAU, Chaix & Morel et Associés and Art & Build, with landscaping by Base. Delivery is planned between the second quarter of 2023 and the end of 2024.

“Swiss Life Asset Managers is very pleased to accompany ENGIE in this project, a cornerstone of ENGIE’s zero-carbon strategy, with 100% green energy on-site as well as a park spanning nearly 2 hectares and 10,000 sq.m of balconies. This development is perfectly in step with the values of Swiss Life Asset Managers, a driving force behind the sustainable development of the cities of tomorrow,” announced Frédéric Bôl, CEO of Swiss Life Asset Managers France.

“This project will be the showcase of the ENGIE Group’s zero-carbon strategy. We are very pleased to have an investor like Swiss Life on board with our project. Designed as an inclusive community, harmoniously connected to the city and open to local residents, the eco-site will represent the city of tomorrow. For our employees, it will be a unique community and an accelerator of our culture of working together, promoting external interaction and internal collaboration,” said Pierre Deheunynck, Executive Vice President of ENGIE.

“Nexity – just like ENGIE, through its business lines – has a strong identity in making sustainable cities. We are ahead of the curve in zero-carbon cities, first and foremost because we strongly believe in this vision for the future and also because we think it will give us a considerable competitive edge. We developed and offered ENGIE a ground-breaking partnership to design its future head office. In its decision to invest in the project, Swiss Life has joined us in this ambition, and we are very proud to have them on board,” said Véronique Bédague, Deputy CEO of Nexity.

The future eco-site aims to achieve HQE Excellent, BREEAM Excellent and BiodiverCity certifications for its environmental performance, as well as WiredScore Gold and OsmoZ certification for its connectivity and quality of life at work.

The district of La Garenne-Colombes, which is growing rapidly and benefits from the draw of Paris and La Défense, has already seen the arrival of a number of major companies.

The business park will be very well served by public transport, with RER Lines A and E, the T2 tram line and – as part of the Greater Paris project – the metro’s future Line 15, positioning the site 20-25 minutes from Paris’ Gare de Lyon and Gare du Nord train stations and 40 minutes from the airports.

For this transaction, Swiss Life Asset Managers was advised by Les Notaires du Trocadéro as well as Lacourte Raquin Tatar for legal aspects, and SEDRI and Barbanel for technical aspects.

Nexity and ENGIE were advised by Bazin Entreprises CMS for occupancy strategy and consulting; Les Notaires du Trocadéro; De Pardieu Brocas, DS Avocats and Gide Loyrette Nouel for legal aspects; and CBRE, JLL and Nexity Conseil & Transaction for marketing and sales strategy and consulting.

Our group is a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. In response to the urgency of climate change, our ambition is to become the world leader in the zero-carbon transition “as a service” for our customers, in particular global companies and local authorities. We rely on our key activities (renewable energy, gas, services) to offer competitive turnkey solutions.

With our 160,000 employees, our customers, partners and stakeholders, we are a community of Imaginative Builders, committed every day to more harmonious progress.

Turnover in 2018: 60.6 billion Euros. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).

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