The Allianz Riviera is designed as a major multi-functional structure and will seat 35,000 spectators. It is the focal point of the Var Plain Eco-Valley project, a large-scale urban and regional planning programme with a focus on sustainable development. The project has been designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and features a wooden grid roof structure, photovoltaic panels and a natural air-conditioning system using a wall of fans to channel the winds of the Var Plain.
“The Allianz Riviera has been driven by the city’s determination, because it wanted an exemplary project in terms of sustainable development,” said Xavier Lortat-Jacob, chief executive officer of Nice Eco Stadium, a company in which Vinci Concessions is the main shareholder and that holds the partnership contract and is the stadium’s future operator. “In our opinion, the idea was not to add a green layer to the project, but definitely to organise the entire design approach around environmental challenges. The manner in which we have met this priority expectation was one of the keys of our success.”
The the partnership contract between the city of Nice and the Vinci-led Nice Eco Stadium consortium came into force in February 2011. This contract covers the design, funding, construction, operation and maintenance of the future Nice Stadium that will be home to the city’s resident club, OGC Nice, for 30 years
The National Sport Museum will be moved from Paris to the arena and 5,000m2 will be dedicated to it.
Four regional companies of Vinci Construction France - Dumez Côte d’Azur, GTM TP Côte d’Azur, Triverio Construction, Campenon Bernard Sud-Est and its specialised subsidiary Fargeot Lamellé Collé - worked on the project. Eurovia worked on the pavement, sidewalks and the car park. Vinci Facilities will carry out the upkeep, major maintenance and services on the site for 27 years. The contract also includes the development and commercialisation of a programme covering around 30,000m2 of retail outlets.