UXCO Group laid the first stone of the future ECLA premium XXL co-living residence in Archamps - Greater Geneva. Delivery of this new-generation residence is scheduled for the summer of 2025.
The ceremony of the laying of the first stone was attended by Virginie Duby Muller (Member of French Parliament), Senator Cyril Pellevat, Martial Saddier (President of the Haute-Savoie department), Anne Riesen (Mayor of Archamps), Pierre-Jean Crastes (President of the Genevois Community of Communes), and Serge Delsante (President of SMAG, the mixed development syndicate managing ArchParc).
Led by OCEANIS Promotion, designer and developer of UXCO Group’s ECLA concept, the new co-living residence will transform a former office and retail building into a co-living residence housing close to 800 beds and 3,000m2 of common areas for students and local young professionals. Architectural agency Patriarche will manage the project to help OCEANIS Promotion entirely redesign the building. The aim is to offer future residents the premium lifestyle guaranteed by the ECLA concept while minimizing the building’s transformation environmental and energy footprint.
The materials and construction methods have been selected to optimize the site’s energy performance, focusing on improving the existing facilities and minimizing waste. Off-site construction combined with the use of wood and recycled materials, as well as mixed heating systems, will enable this latest ECLA residence to become the first residential building to achieve a “Very Good” rating by BREEAM, an internationally recognized standard for assessing the environmental performance of buildings.
Mael Aoustin, UXCO Group CEO and President of the Management Board, said: “ECLA is a core part of UXCO Group’s identity, which mobilizes all our expertise and demonstrates our capacity to manage the entire value chain: conception, transformation, design, investment and management of large-scale residences. Our OCEANIS Promotion teams are ready to take up the challenge of the next 22 months of building works through our unique expertise in transforming tertiary buildings into housing. The project we are launching today in Archamps – greater Geneva, as well as our ECLA Paris Noisy-le-Grand residence that opened last year, are proof that transformation projects like this can be successful. We can rethink the way we develop the French real-estate landscape to reflect changing lifestyles while achieving our CSR commitments and ambitions.”
This new residence is part of the Archamps business park launched in 1989 by the mixed development syndicate managing ArchParc (SMAG), a key partner making possible this new ECLA residence, an innovative building with an ideal location for local students and young professionals seeking new qualitative accommodations and unique experiences.
Philippe Segura, Deputy Managing Director of OCEANIS Promotion, commented: “OCEANIS Promotion is particularly proud of our first ECLA residence outside Greater Paris, here in this strategic location on the France-Geneva border. ECLA’s unique concept perfectly fits the spirit of innovation at ArchParc. We’ve already proven our ability to lead flagship projects of this scale involving existing buildings, with the recent successful transformation of an office building into an ECLA residence in Noisy-le-Grand, greater Paris. ECLA Archamps-Geneva will offer a perfect solution to the accommodation shortage in the Greater Geneva region, while creating dynamic new business opportunities through a wide variety of services.”
Serge Delsante, President of SMAG: “In 2021, when I was elected President of SMAG, the Geneva mixed development syndicate, I took over the reins of a business park that was experiencing an impressive rebound with new companies, growing employment, projects and renovations underway and a clear drive to pursue economic development. However – there was invariably a “but” due to the abandoned Alliance site – all our efforts seemed fruitless while this 32,000 m2 building stood empty. We needed to grasp the opportunity of investing in this building with an overarching project that would boost the local economy. That’s why I’m very proud to be here today at the laying of the first stone of the ECLA Archamps Genève project, because UXCO Group and OCEANIS have taken up this challenge. This is not the launch of a construction site but the symbolic date of the park’s regeneration.”
Anne Riesen, Mayor of Archamps and 3rd VP of the Geneva mixed development syndicate for ArchParc, added: “For four years at the Archamps town hall, I’ve been particularly involved in the park’s development, and this former office building remained a major problem to solve, an incongruity in the middle of exemplary developments by the companies in the park, like Laboratoires Vivacy, Keri Medical, Oxalis and the ArchParc Convention Center. I’m very happy to be celebrating the laying of the first stone of the ECLA Archamps-Geneva building, which finally reflects ArchParc’s development and potential.”
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