Kick-off for the Grand Stadium of the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) in Paris

Kick-off for the Grand Stadium of the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) in Paris

FFR confirms choice for the IBELYS joint venture for the design, build and maintenance of new rugby stadium

Monday, June 27, 2016 — The board of the FFR has confirmed its choice for the joint venture IBELYS (ICADE – BESIX – ENGIE Cofely) to design, construct and maintain the Grand Rugby Stadium, which will be located at Ris-Orangis, just south of Paris (Essonne).

The contract was signed on Friday June 24th 2016 at the future site, in the presence of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Pierre Camou, President of the FFR and Jean Polet, President of IBELYS and BESIX General Manager Business Unit Europe.

New showpiece of the French Rugby Federation (FFR)

This EUR 581 million project will be one of the largest sports arenas in Europe. While boasting 82.000 seats and 200.000 m² of construction surface the arena features the latest multifunctional and high-tech facilities, including a retractable roof and pitch.

“The signing of the construction contract in the presence of the Prime Minister is the crowning achievement of three years of hard work, intense negotiations and rigorous preparation of the teams of IBELYS, Populous, Egis and the FFR, all in the service of this Grand Stadium project.” Jean Polet, President of IBELYS and General Manager Business Unit Europe at BESIX, commented.

A turnkey stadium

The joint venture IBELYS proposes a comprehensive solution, built from the combination of their particular fields of expertise. Each party of the joint venture brings their knowhow to the table: ICADE offers tailor-made real estate solutions, BESIX supplies highly technical knowledge in the construction of sports stadiums and ENGIE will ensure a high quality maintenance which meets energy efficiency and safety standards for a period of 30 years.

All of the project management stages – from its conception to its maintenance - will be taken care of, and this from a sustainable point of view.

Andres Penaloza, Director BESIX France, stated: “The joint venture is very proud to announce the project for the future FFR Grand Stade which will be able to accommodate 82.000 visitors. This new project can be added to the long tradition of stadiums built by the BESIX Group of which the most recent examples are the Sheikh Khalifa Stadium and the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar which are being built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.”

The construction works are planned to start in 2018, for a duration of 43 months. 


About BESIX Group
BESIX Group is the largest Belgian Group, operating in construction, concessions and property development sectors. It profiles itself as a multi-services Group. The Group was founded in 1909, since when it has grown steadily and impressively. NV BESIX SA, its biggest subsidiary, is active in practically every field of construction. In addition to the activities of BESIX and its other subsidiaries in the Benelux and in France, the Group is present in Eastern Europe, North and Central Africa and the Middle East, via Six Construct, in Central Asia and Australia. In 2015, the Group achieved revenues of EUR 2.2 billion. BESIX has about 15,000 employees active in 21 countries on 5 continents.

BESIX in France
BESIX has been active in France since 1992, constructing numerous prestigious projects: the 2E terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport, the civil engineering work at the Areva nuclear site at Pierrelatte (Drôme) and at the electricity generation stations for Siemens (northern France), the Dexia and Carpe Diem towers at La Défense in Paris, the HST East European maintenance workshop at L’Ourcq and more recently, the new EDF Lab in Paris (Sacaly). Today, BESIX is building the hospital and the clinic of Melun, at Seine-et-Marne.

ICADE Promotion
Icade, a listed real-estate investment company and a Caisse des Dépôts subsidiary, is a major player in the Grand Paris regional development project. It offers global, sustainable and innovative solutions tailored to its customers’ requirements and the stakes facing cities of the future. 

ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €69.9 billion in 2015. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).

Nathalie Meert Senior Communication Manager / Spokesperson at Besix