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Lyon Carré de Soie: laying of the first stone of Silky, the future site of Alstom Transport in Villeurbanne in October 2013

23 January 2014

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In June 2013, ANF Immobilier, the Caisse d'Epargne Rhône-Alpes and DCB International made their commitment official by increasing their total investment for the construction of the future site of Alstom Transport in Lyon Carré de Soie to 100 million euro: the Silky.

The first stone of the huge building programme, constructed by DCB International and covering a total area of 36,600 m2, was symbolically laid by the CEO of Alstom on 11 October 2013 in Villeurbanne, in the very heart of the 4th business district of the agglomeration of Lyon.

The delivery of Silky is expected in summer 2015. The future building complex will then be home to all the employees and services of Alstom Transport, the uncontested leader in rail transport in France. As a showcase for French high-technology in the railway sector, the site will house the manufacturing workshops for electronic equipment, a logistics hub, test laboratories, office space and a showroom presenting the latest innovations in the field of signalling systems.

In total, the new site will hold over 1,000 people, highly qualified in on-board electronic railway systems and products, to serve Alstom's customers in the region and internationally.

With this exceptional property investment together with a leasehold deal unprecedented on the Lyon market (12 years fixed), Alstom has demonstrated that it intends to be rooted in Greater Lyon for the long term. Moreover, the choice of a developer from Lyon and the origin of the investors testify to the business'commitment to its metropolitan location.

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Silky will be a reference in terms of sustainable development. As such, it will be the first site in France to benefit from the dual certification of HQE and BREEAM in accordance with the RT2012

The new development will in particular be equipped with charging stations for electric cars and bicycle parks close to each entrance.