Private adaptive reuse of 12th-century Lyon hospital is France’s largest ever

The 12th century hospital know as the Grand Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon, France comprises 40,000 m² of restored buildings, 11,500 m² of new buildings, 8,000 m² of courtyards and gardens.

In April of 2015, Eiffage has been selected by the Hospices Civils de Lyon (Rhône) to rehabilitate the Grand Hôtel-Dieu. This adaptive reuse will turn it into a massive mixed-use waterfront revitalization area.

It’s the largest private renovation of a historic monument ever realized in France,” claimed Eiffage CEO Pierre Berger. Teams from Eiffage have been busy carrying out lengthy studies with specialist historians in order to date the various periods of construction and carry out the best possible restoration and conversion.

At the end of the construction in 2018, the site, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, should accommodate 17,100 square meters (roughly 184,000 square feet) of businesses and restaurants as well as a tertiary hub of nearly 13,600 square meters (roughly 146,000 square feet), a five-star InterContinental Hotel with 143 rooms, a 2,500 square meter (roughly 27,000 square feet) convention center, 1,000 square meters (roughly 10,800 square feet) of housing, gardens and an International City of Gastronomy.

The Agricultural Credit Insurances is buying back the site in partnership with the Regional Fund of the Eastern Center of the Agriculture Credit. The Great Hospital is located on the Rhone River on the peninsula at the center of Lyon on land belonging to the Civil Hospices of Lyon (HCL), with which a 99-year construction lease was signed.

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