Pleyel tower gets ready for complete makeover

Pleyel tower gets ready for complete makeover

Rehabilitation work on the Pleyel Tower in Saint-Denis will begin in the second quarter of 2020. This huge project involves the transformation of the emblematic building into a 4-star hotel, as well as the construction of two buildings with offices, retail spaces and a business centre right next to Grand Paris Express future metro hub.

Pleyel tower will be transformed into a 4-star hotel and 2 other buildings will be erected nearby.

© 163 Ateliers

The hardest part is done or almost done! Indeed, completely boneless, the Pleyel Tower has been cleared of its 12,000 tonnes of waste, including 740 tonnes of asbestos.

One of the largest asbestos removal and cleaning operations in urban areas in Europe”, declared Financière des Quatre Rives (FQR), design and construction operator, at the end of 2018, when completing this delicate and costly operation (10 million euros), carried out before the building permit was awarded to save time. 

While FQR is operating in several cities in France (Lille, Strasbourg, Valence, Cannes), Paris Region is currently its main market due to the huge project to rehabilitate the Pleyel Tower and the redevelopment of the surrounding site.

32,000 sqm of office space

Peaking since 1974 at more than 140 metres in the sky of Saint-Denis, this ambitious project is designed with the architecture firm 163 Ateliers.

The programme includes nearly 77,000 sqm of surface area divided between the current tower (35,000 sqm) where a 4-star hotel with 700 rooms will be built and 32,000 sqm of office space located in two new buildings (16,000 sqm each). A U-shaped building will surround the foot of the tower with 3,400 sqm of shops and the other one will be located along the railway line. Located on the site of soon-to-be demolished shopping mall, it will also include a conference and exhibition centre with an amphitheatre (6,000 sqm) and 499 underground parking spaces.

Panoramic swimming pool

The 40-storey hotel will comprise a swimming pool located on the 38th and 39th floors, which could be used by residents of the neighbourhood. The terrace will be covered with a glass cube to host a bar or a panoramic restaurant.

At the base level, the architectural choice aims to “include the tower in the urban landscape”. The façades of the new buildings are made of glass to “break the monolith of the tower” says Boris Litty, founding partner at FQR.

Since July 2019, the preliminary design study has been in progress. Work is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2020 and delivered in the second half of 2023. With hopes that the entire programme will be completed for the Rugby World Cup scheduled for autumn 2023.

Originally published in Le Journal du Grand Paris (read French version here).