Grontmij’s French subsidiary Ginger has won a contract from SETE, the Eiffel Tower operating company, to redevelop the first floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
The company won the contract as part of a consortium led by Bateg, a general contractor and subsidiary of the Vinci group, along with architects Moatti and Riviere. The project is worth £16.5m, of which Grontmij’s share is worth £8.3m for a period of between six and eight months.
Grontmij will be responsible for technical studies (structure, façades, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electricity and the high and low voltage power supply) as well as the environmental aspects of the project and the supervision of works.
The first floor, which currently acts as an intermediate stop for visitors between the esplanade and the second and third floors, will be transformed into an attractive public space 57m metres above the French city. It will include shops, information points for visitors, a restaurant and a huge glass floor that will span the area between the pillars. As part of the project, three new pavilions will be constructed entirely of glass to ensure maximum visibility of the city.
According to SETE, the pavilions and public spaces, which last saw transformation work 30 years ago, are obsolete and not in tune with the number of visitors, the visitors’ expectations and technical standards. The redevelopment will incorporate sustainable elements in order to improve accessibility for disabled people, as well as reduce its carbon footprint.
Moatti-Riviere architects won the design-construction contract for the project in October 2010.
Image: The Eiffel Tower’s first floor will be transformed into an attractive public space. Photo: SETE