Construction firm Vinci has completed the Allianz Riviera stadium, designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, in Nice, France.
The facility is the first of the three new stadia built by Vinci in the run-up to the UEFA Euro 2016 finals.
The Allianz Riviera stadium is designed as a major multi-functional structure and will have the capacity to house 35,000 spectators.
Vinci said that the stadium is the focal point of the Var Plain Eco-Valley project, an urban and regional planning programme with a focus on sustainable development.
Sustainable features of the project include a wooden grid roof structure, photovoltaic panels and a natural air-conditioning system using a wall of fans to channel the winds of the Var Plain.
Vinci Concessions is the main shareholder in Nice Eco Stadium Company, which holds the partnership contract and is the stadium’s future operator.
Nice Eco Stadium chief executive officer Xavier Lortat-Jacob said that the Allianz Riviera has been driven by the city’s determination, because it wanted a project in terms of sustainable development.
"In our opinion, the idea was not to add a green layer to the project, but definitely to organise the entire design approach around environmental challenges. The manner in which we have met this priority expectation was one of the keys of our success," Lortat-Jacob said.
The partnership contract between the city of Nice and the Nice Eco Stadium consortium, led by Vinci Concessions, in association with Caisse des Dépôts and SEIEF, came into force in February 2011.
The contract covers the design, funding, construction, operation and maintenance of the future Nice Stadium that will be home to the city’s resident club, OGC Nice, for 30 years.
Under the plans, the National Sport Museum will be moved from Paris to the arena and 5,000m² will be dedicated to it.
Four regional firms of Vinci Construction France, which include Dumez Côte d’Azur, GTM TP Côte d’Azur, Triverio Construction, Campenon Bernard Sud-Est and its subsidiary Fargeot Lamellé Collé, worked on the project.
The contract also includes the development and commercialisation of a programme covering about 30,000m² of retail outlets.
Image: Allianz Riviera stadium has the capacity to house 35,000 spectators. Photo: courtesy of Vinci.