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Joint Venture of Vinci Construction with Spie batignolles wins Contract on Line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express Transport Network

  • A 8.2 kilometres tunnel between Fort d’Issy-Vanves-Clamart and Villejuif Louis Aragon, 2 tunnel boring machines operating simultaneously, 5 stations, 8 shafts
  • Contract value: €926 million pre-tax price


The joint venture made up of Vinci Construction, associated with Spie batignolles has won a major Grand Paris Express contract. Société du Grand Paris selected the bid submitted by this joint venture to build the T3C section of Line 15 South between the Fort d’Issy-Vanves-Clamart and Villejuif Louis Aragon stations. The €926 million pre-tax price covers construction of a tunnel with a length of more than 8 kilometres by means of two 10 metre diameter earth pressure balanced tunnel boring machines. It also includes construction of five new stations (Châtillon Montrouge, Bagneux, Arcueil-Cachan, Villejuif Institut Gustave Roussy and Villejuif Louis Aragon) and eight shafts. The project will take 70 months to complete.

A large project in an urban environment

The T3C section is an outsized project calling for substantial logistics. It will involve two 10 metres diameter earth pressure balanced tunnel boring machines operating simultaneously, removal of 3.2 million tonnes of spoil and placing of more than 470,000 m3 of concrete. The Villejuif Gustave-Roussy station, whose architecture and dimensions (65 metres diameter, 42 metres depth) epitomize the section, will connect Line 15 South and Line 14 South.

Innovative, ambitious social measures

At peak activity, the project will include nearly 900 people. Extensive steps will be taken to train and induct the long-term unemployed. Support for this work integration programme will be provided by the ViE structure (Vinci insertion Emploi), which Vinci set up in 2011 to help Group subsidiaries carry out such measures. Lastly, an endowment fund, “Chantiers et Territoires Solidaires”, has been created to support public interest projects in the vicinity of the worksites. Spie batignolles is strongly committed to the integration of members of underprivileged communities, notably through the Fondation Spie Batignolles.

On this occasion, Vinci Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Xavier Huillard said: “We are very proud to have won this major contract with our partner. The Grand Paris Express project is strategically important for the future and the economic development of the Greater Paris area. It will create jobs, open up regions and release energies. The Group will bring its expertise to this ambitious undertaking over the next 20 years. The project is a huge technical and also human challenge.”

“The Spie Batignolles Group, which has already won a number of Grand Paris contracts, once again demonstrates the quality of its teams and expertise in taking on major infrastructure projects,” says Jean-Charles Robin, Chairman of the Spie Batignolles Executive Board. “The Group’s wide range of business activities and ability to bring its entities together to work in synergy enable Spie Batignolles to take on projects requiring project coordination and state-of-the-art technical expertise.”

Joint venture

Vinci Construction:

  • Vinci Construction Grands Projets – lead company
  • Vinci Construction France
  • Dodin Campenon Bernard
  • Botte Fondations

Spie batignolles:

  • Spie batignolles TPCI
  • Spie fondations

About Spie batignolles

Spie batignolles, a large French construction and services group, is a major player in building and civil engineering with 6,500 employees. It operates in six main areas of expertise: construction; civil engineering and foundations; energy; public works; property; and concessions. The Group manages large construction projects and also delivers local repair and maintenance works through its nationwide network of dedicated locations. Spie batignolles leads its markets in terms of customer relationships and delivers a one-of-a-kind array of construction services. Spie batignolles has all the resources needed to manage its own growth as a completely independent entity: since September 2003, majority control of the Group has rested with its senior management team together with Ardian and Salvepar.

About Vinci

Vinci is a global player in concessions and construction, employing more than 185,000 people in some 100 countries. We design, finance, build and operate infrastructure and facilities that help improve daily life and mobility for all. Because we believe in all-round performance, above and beyond economic and financial results, we are committed to operating in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. And because our projects are in the public interest, we consider that reaching out to all our stakeholders and engaging in dialogue with them is essential in the conduct of our business activities.

Source: Vinci

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