Besix wins contract for large station on Grand Paris Express

Besix France has won a contract worth over €100m to develop Saint-Denis Pleyel station, north of Paris, for the Grand Paris Express.

Designed by architect Kengo Kuma, the station will be one of the largest on the Grand Paris Express, which will handle 250,000 passengers a day and interconnect lines 14, 15, 16 and 17.

Saint-Denis Pleyel will have a total area of 34,000 square metres over nine levels, four of these below ground.

Work will take 53 months, and is scheduled to be finished in time for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Société du Grand Paris is the client.

Work involves the main glass façades, the road and other networks, and the architectural and technical trades, finishing works and HVAC.

As well as the station, Besix will build four separate underground constructions 800m apart, three service infrastructures dedicated to passenger safety, ventilation and smoke extraction of the tunnels, and a system to reverse the direction of the trains.

Civil engineering works and the equipment works packages are already being implemented by the consortium Eiffage, Razel-Bec and TSO.

René Jordens, Besix France’s commercial manager, said his team suggested "cutting-edge solutions to optimise the project in line with the client’s objectives".

Olivier Vanderkerken, Besix’s estimated director, said: "Winning this project is the culmination of many months’ work done jointly by our Estimating teams in Paris and Brussels. I’d like to congratulate them on it!"

Image: Architect Kengo Kuma’s render of Saint-Denis Pleyel station, north of Paris (Courtesy of Besix)

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