La Part-Dieu, the biggest urban shopping centre in France and the biggest downtown shopping centre in Europe, is being redeveloped to provide a new shopping experience to the visitors.

La Part-Dieu owner Unibail Rodmaco Westfield is executing the redevelopment project with an investment of €390m ($430m), which marks the mall’s biggest renovation since its opening in 1975.

The redevelopment is a key component of the redevelopment project, which includes the renovations of the Part-Dieu business district and train station. The district redevelopment will include new office buildings, housing, and improved public spaces.

Construction of the shopping centre redevelopment began in March 2018 and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.

La Part-Dieu shopping centre location

The La Part-Dieu shopping mall is located in Part-Dieu district, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

It is situated within the country’s second-largest business sector, which is home to the main La Part-Dieu train station. The location also offers a direct connection to the tramway.

La Part-Dieu shopping centre renovation details

The La Part-Dieu redevelopment project will add 30,279m² of gross leasable area and public space to the existing shopping centre.

The new developments will comprise a 5,800m² cinema complex, a 7,000m² restaurant space, and 19,200m² for 80 new shops.

The lower levels of the building will continue to house retail stores following the renovation while certain half-levels will be used for parking.

The main entrance in the east will be renovated to allow visitors arriving at the Part-Dieu railway station.

New stairways, escalators, and a new walkway across the east-west portion of the street will improve access to the building.

La Part-Dieu shopping centre design details

The design of the mall is based on the idea of integrating the building into the surrounding area of the district.

The upgrade will involve a new facade to allow natural light into the building. The terraces on the south facade will be improved to provide a direct connection with the Lyon public library.

The technical facilities and car park on the top floor of the shopping centre will be renovated to incorporate a rooftop terrace with a garden and cinema. Visitors can reach the roof garden the stairwells to enjoy sweeping views of Basilica Fourvière and the Metallic Tower.

A depolluting coating will be applied to the concrete panels to improve the air quality. The top level of the building will be glazed with glass openings and stairwells to create the illusion of open space.

Services offered at La Part-Dieu shopping centre

With more than 240 retail stores, La Part-Dieu shopping centre attracts 31.1 million visitors a year. The major retail brands housed in the mall include Primark, Superdry, Desigual, Pylones, The North Face, and Make Up Forever among others.

It houses restaurants featuring different cuisines with options ranging from fast food to gourmet such as Haagen Dazs, Mama Istanbul, Neo Sushi, KFC and Starbucks.

A UGC cinema with 14 screens is located on levels 1 and 3 of the mall.

The shopping centre provides 1,730 car parking spaces along with car-sharing and electric vehicle charging points. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, resting areas, a children’s playing area, pushchairs and bottle warmers.

Contractors involved

MVRDV was appointed as the architect for designing the new facilities while SUD is the co-architect.

Artelia is providing engineering and project management services while VRD is the structural consultant for the redevelopment project. Engineering consultancy services are being provided by WSP and Y Ingénierie.

Cyprium is the economic adviser for the project and Socotec is the technical controller. BASE is contracted for landscaping services.

VP&Green is the facade consultant and PCSI is acting as the fire safety consultant.