Innovation and creativity : customized solutions
Eiffage Métal is a designer-integrator, fully able to meet customers’ expectations and offer them tailor-made solutions. Each project is unique, and benefits from a dedicated project team led by a privileged customer contact. We have our own assembly teams, and can guarantee full project optimization, accident risk prevention and efficient worksite management.
Our expertise in cutting-edge technologies, our teams' creativity and commitment to providing the best possible customer service are reflected in the complex geometric shapes of our structures and ground-breaking combinations of materials : steel, aluminium, stainless steel, wood, glass, composites and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene or ETFE. Each project is a prototype, with regular technical experiment assessment (Atex) and patent registration.
Building envelopes and architectural structures.
Eiffage Métal provides technical responses for complex architectural steel structures and their envelopes (glass, stretched canvas) which meet the requirements of customized solutions. We have proven know-how in the fields of innovation and project management for large-scale constructions.
Our company has asserted its expertise with complex geometrical structures, supporting architects in the move towards more original shapes, and carrying through outstanding achievements. Our skills include enhancing and perpetuating our heritage, with unique steel frames, luminous glass roofs, complex façades, decorative cladding and non-standard structures to our credit.
Upgrading, repairing and reinforcing steel structures
Eiffage Metal 's professionals set out to enhance, protect and perpetuate our heritage by restoring steel constructions, glass roofs and façades according to their original architectural style.
Our methods design and engineering department has considerable expertise in upgrading older structures and a proven capacity to adjust to different types of framework. Our specialists have in-depth experience of heavy, complex jacking and diagnosis: hot riveting, cast-iron welding, reinforcement, metalwork, custom manufacturing, mechanism repairs and façade and glass roof renovation.
Major industrial projects : framework / roofing / cladding
Eiffage Métal is a major general contractor in steel construction, with proven expertise. We construct all kinds of metal-framed buildings, including warehouses, industrial buildings for manufacturing and storage and logistics hangars.
- Industrial framework
In fields as varied as chemistry, petrochemicals, the agribusiness, space and aeronautics, we contribute our know-how to the design and construction of enclosed buildings and building systems such as racks, platforms and floors. This is all handled exclusively for our industrial customers, whose constraints and expectations we know perfectly well.
- Turnkey projects
For several years, our department has specialized in steel structures with high added value in the fields of defence and aeronautics. Our success is due to in-depth knowledge of metallic structures as application supports. For the aeronautics sector, we design and build motorized, automated and illuminated metal structures, mainly for painting aeroplanes. For our Defence customers, we design and build Shelters - for the desert in the United Arab Emirates, for example. In both these sectors, we bring our experience of the steel construction universe to a wide variety of applications.
Prestigious landmark projects
Orsay Museum - Paris
Orsay Museum - Paris
- 2002 – 2003 : Eiffage Construction Métallique restored the North and West canopies and the awning on the museum’s western forecourt. The steel structures were sent to the Maizières plant (Moselle) where they were renovated according to the regulations in force with new parts shaped and riveted in situ. They were then reassembled on the building, whose western forecourt had already been reinforced by the company.
- 2019 – 2020 : The OPPIC (Opérateur du patrimoine et des projets immobiliers de la culture) chose Eiffage Métal to carry out conservatory renovation on the museum’s eastern tympanum.
Les Halles Canopy - Paris
Les Halles Canopy at Paris-Châtelet
Comprising 18,000 glass scales, Les Halles Canopy is a huge plant-shaped envelope, 14,5 m high for a span of 96 m and covering nearly 2.5 hectares.
Eiffage Métal took part in this mammoth project dreamed up by architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutt and built for the City of Paris, with support from engineering consultants Ingérop and Arcora.
Polygone shopping centre - Montpellier
The Socri Rénovation Group chose Eiffage Métal to carry out the Framework and Roofing work (Charpente Couverture) on the Polygone shopping centre renovation project in Montpellier. The works amounted to a total of 7 million euros.
We built a 3,300 m² glass roof made of ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) cushions. This ground-breaking construction method was tested by assembling the blocks away from the steel frame. 5 blocks with total weight of over 225 tonnes were thus launched at night above the shopping centre. Eiffage Métal also built the 1,100 m² of façades surrounding the new glass roof.
Architect : Viguier
Le Monde Group Head Office - Paris
Le Monde Group Head Office
At the end of December 2019, Eiffage Métal delivered Le Monde press group’s new headquarters in the 13th arrondissement of Paris (Zac Paris Rive-Gauche).
This eight-storey 23,000 m² bridge-building was imagined by integrated design practice Snøhetta. Its steel structure was built in Eiffage Métal’s Lauterbourg plant. The project stands on a concrete slab signed Eiffage Génie Civil, covering the Austerlitz station railway tracks.
Galeries Lafayette - Paris
The Galeries Lafayette group has entrusted Eiffage Métal with the “Grand Gestes” lot of the upgrading project for its future store at 52 Champs-Elysées, Paris - formerly the Virgin Megastore. The project involves bold, in-depth building renovation, and Eiffage Métal has built a monumental staircase, entrance tunnel and cantilevered showcases above the central atrium - all made of glass. This architecturally ambitious project requiring high finish and quality standards was designed by Danish architects BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group.
North Pillar Elevator, Eiffel Tower - Paris
North Pillar Elevator, Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower operators SETE have entrusted Eiffage Métal in consortium with upgrading the Eiffel Tower’s North Pillar elevator. This electric lift providing access for visitors to the 2nd floor of the Tower dates back to 1964 and needed a facelift. The pulleys, guide rails, shaft, counterweight and double cabin are all to be integrally renewed, while keeping the existing principles.
After a 2-month phase of preparatory works, renovation operations on the elevator (requiring 17 months of studies) began in January 2019.© Ecliptique / Laurent Thion
Hôtel de la Marine - Paris
Hôtel de la Marine
The Centre for National Monuments (Centre des monuments nationaux) has entrusted Eiffage Métal with restoration work on the Hôtel de la Marine in Paris. Our teams took charge of the Glass Roofs and Façades work, including :
- The main 280 m² canopy with metal frame structure and prestressed cables, and the microperforated stainless steel coverings
- The bronze joinery work and large-scale glazing
- The second glass canopy with beam clamps and glass stiffeners.
Photo credits : Hugh Dutton Associates (HDA)
Saint Gobain Tower – Paris La Défense
Saint Gobain Tower
Eiffage Métal produced the metal frame and glass roof for the Saint-Gobain tower cap in Parisian business district La Défense – an operation amounting to nearly 7 M€. Saint-Gobain Tower is a real estate shopping and office complex in a high-rise building comprising 38 storeys above the Esplanade de La Défense and 5 storeys below. Work on the tower cap involved installing a framework and glazed panels 165 m above the ground, and thus posed a very specific technical challenge. The works began in July 2018. The finished project was delivered in Spring 2019.
Architects : Valode & Pistre Architectes
Metro – Riyad – Saudi Arabia
Eiffage Métal took part in building canopies for Riyadh Metro.
Client : Arriyadh Development Authority
Consortium : BACS (Bechtel, Almabani General, CCC, Siemens)
Designer : Aecom
Louis-Vuitton Foundation - Paris
The Louis-Vuitton Foundation is an exceptional building dedicated to contemporary art in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, Paris.
It was built by Eiffage Métal in consortium.
Louis Vuitton Foundation - Frank Gehry
- Paris, France
- Glazed walls : 13,500 m²
- Carbon steel : 2,000 t
- Stainless steel (duplex) : 2,000 t
- Glued laminated bentwood : 800 m²
- Client : Fondation Louis-Vuitton
- Architects : Gehry Partners
- Engineering Consultants : Setec, RFR / Tess, Studios Architectures
Luma Foundation - Arles
Luma Foundation - Arles
Eiffage Métal (in consortium) carried out the work on the Luma Foundation Tower in Arles, designed by architect Frank Gehry.
The Luma Foundation façades comprise three main structures :
- a 5,000 m² metal façade supporting 11,000 stainless steel cladding blocks,
- 50 glass boxes protruding from this façade in order to let light into the building
- a glass atrium 56 m in diameter and 18 m high, providing a naturally-ventilated reception area at the foot of the tower.
All the preliminary studies were carried out in 3D. In view of the structure’s geometric complexity, we were dependent on 3D modelling, which enabled us to connect the 2D plans and calculations with the production drawings for the different parts of the structure.
Decathlon Arena Stadium Pierre-Mauroy– Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Decathlon Arena Stadium Pierre-Mauroy
Decathlon Arena Stadium Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, originally known as the Grand Stade Lille Métropole (GSLM), is a unique urban engineering structure.
The building has a capacity of 50,000 in stadium mode, and can be transformed into a 25,000-seat showcase venue in just 24 hours, by means of an exclusive, ground-breaking system whereby the northern half of the pitch is designed to lift up and slide over the southern half. The mobile roof can open and shut in only 30 minutes.
A giant screen on the stadium's outside envelope facing the esplanade enables live transmission of matches and competitions.
- Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
- Fixed framework weight : 7,600 t
- Mobile roof weight : 1,200 t
- Retractable half-pitch : 1,200 t
- Client : Elisa
- Architects : Valode & Pistre / Pierre Ferret
- Engineering consultants : Arcora / Greish
Aspire Tower – Doha – Qatar
Built for the 2006 Asian Games, the Aspire Tower building (also known as the Torch Tower) is a 300 m skyscraper symbolizing an Olympic flame.
The tower's central reinforced concrete core constitutes a backbone for radiating networks of cantilevered steel beams. The outer steel perimeter's double-skin facades provide structural stability enabling it to be suspended from the edges. The overall perspective gives an impression of earth merging into sky.
- Location : Doha, Qatar
- Type of works : façade structure
- Total surface area : 35,000 m²
- Metal tonnage : 2,400 t
- Height : 320 m
- Client : Doha City Authorities
- Architects : Hadi Simaan
Zoo – Leipzig – Allemagne
Leipzig Zoo is one of the biggest and oldest zoos in Europe. It comprises an enormous 15,000 m² greenhouse and a self-supporting steel roof composed of triangular pieces. The whole structure weighs 2,800 tonnes and has a 160 m free span, while the roof dome vertex reaches a height of 34 metres. The zoo boasts a unique covering system using transparent air-filled foil cushions embedded into the steel construction, enabling the greenhouse to house tropical plants and various animal species at a constant temperature of 24°C, with 95% humidity. Eiffage Metal's teams renovated the whole structure, and carried out the steel roof construction.
Docks on the Seine - Paris
Docks on the Seine
Eiffage Métal took part in renovating the former Paris Docks, the first reinforced concrete building to be listed as a historic monument. Its façades have been upgraded, opening up new cantilevered corridors on the Seine side. The concrete framework was covered with a screen-printed glass sheath known as plug-over, on a tubular steel structure, with a grassed roofscape comprising wood decking and a plant complex. The plug-over is deployed via an arborescent generating method, reflecting the movements of water and the natural environment. This tubular structure in the heart of the capital is a remarkable contemporary benchmark, in terms of its bold architecture and technical prowess.
- Paris, France
- Façade surface area : 5,800 m²
- 340 tonnes of steel
- Client : City of Paris
- Architects : Jakob and MacFarlane
- Engineering consultants : RFR
Quai Branly Museum - Jacques-Chirac - Paris
Quai Branly Museum
This Parisian museum dedicated to the arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, now called the Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Museum, boasts the world's largest green wall, containing 15,000 plants of over 500 different species.
The green wall's steel chassis and structures and cladding for the Quai Branly glass wall were constructed by Eiffage Metal's teams.
- Paris, France
- Façades : 4,500 m
- Glass wall : 3,000 m
- Client : Quai Branly Museum
- Architect : Jean Nouvel
- Engineering Consultants : RFR
Grand Palais - Paris
Grand Palais - Paris
The Grand Palais, flagship project in Paris' Universal Exhibition of 1900, was upgraded in 2002 with high-precision works of mammoth proportions, revealing the building's bold and modern structure.
Eiffage Metal's teams renovated the metal framework, nave and glass roofs.
Once the building's foundations had been reinforced, the framework components and dome were able to undergo complete restoration. The huge 15,000 m² glass roof was replaced by more resilient laminated glass. In 2004, the structure was awarded a rating in the French Steel Construction Syndicate 's "Upgrading the Finest Steel Structures" category.
- Paris, France
- 100 tonnes of steel
- Client : EPMOC (Public Contracting Authority for Cultural Projects)
Louvre Museum - Paris
Many of the Infrastructure Branch's companies took part in the rebirth of the Louvre in the 1980s, notably Eiffage Metal's teams who built the Pyramid. The structure is supported by a framework of cables and narrow metal poles bearing 673 rhombus-shaped and triangular glass segments.
- Paris, France
- Façade height : 21.65 m
- Structural weight : 95 tonnes
- Surface area (ground) : 34.2 x 34.2 m
- Glass surface area : 1,780 m²
- Glass thickness : 21 mm
- Client : Louvre Museum (Établissement Public du Grand Louvre)
- Architect : Ieoh Ming Pei
- Engineering Consultants : Nicolet/Knoll/Chartland