Val d’Europe, pôle économique et urbain majeur de l’Est parisien
Val d’Europe, a major economic and urban hub to the east of Paris, currently has 22,000 residents, 21,000 jobs, and 1,000 students over an area of 2,000 hectares. 1,000 companies have already located to 100,000 m² of offices here, attracted by the dense network of infrastructures (TGV – high-speed rail; RER – high-speed metro): including the headquarters of BNP Paribas, KPMG and international companies such as Henkel Technologies France, ITT industries, Straumann, Welch Allyn, Sikla, etc.
Investment bank Natixis plans to open its IT Data Center here in late 2009. The hub’s expansion continues at a steady rate with the upcoming opening of the Faraday development by property developer Goodman, the arrival of new brands to strengthen the Val d’Europe retail centre, the roll-out of major public amenities (education and health), and the Disney Nature Village.
The Nature Village, the largest tourist project currently being planned in France, is based on the concept of the relationship between humans and nature. The project – which will meet the highest environmental standards – includes a hotel and leisure complex which can accommodate 20,000 to 25,000 people, over an area of 520 hectares. Work is scheduled to start in 2009 and the first phase of the project, comprising 2,300 houses, will be completed in 2010. The project as a whole will be completed in 2020.
The creation of a 30,000 m2 convention and exhibition centre, operational from 2012 onwards, will also consolidate Disneyland’s position as European leader in this sector.