In 2010, UNESCO listed the French gastronomic meal as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
In 2013, the city of Dijon was selected by the government to represent the network of gastronomic cities alongside Lyon, Paris-Rungis and Tours.
In 2014, Dijon council contracted Eiffage to design, build and finance the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie et du Vin (International City of Gastronomy and Wine).
Eiffage Aménagement, Eiffage Immobilier and their partners launched the project in 2016 and will complete between 2019 and 2020.
The Cité Internationale lies at the starting point on the established route to tour Burgundy's finest vineyards and will cover a surface area of 3.5 hectares (26,000 m2 of premises, 17,000 m2 of which will be renovated historical buildings). It will sit alongside a new eco-neighbourhood spanning 3.5 hectares.
The project will comprise a 5,000 m2 cultural and training centre, 4,500 m2 of shops, cafés and restaurants, an 83-room, four-star hotel, a 13-screen cinema complex, 50 refurbished housing units, an eco-neighbourhood offering 540 housing units and 3 serviced residences as well as 400 parking spaces.
Following the example of French gastronomy, the project has been designed to combine cultural heritage with a more modern outlook.
Exhibitions and conferences will be hosted in a 1,700 m2 space dedicated to French gastronomy and the terroirs of Burgundy. The contracts for the design of cultural activities and management of the various spaces in the gastronomy pavilion and chapel have been awarded to S-Pass and Abaque.
750 m2 will be dedicated to the art of French cuisine and patisserie in a space designed to accommodate 110 students from the Ferrandi school of culinary arts. A 70 m2 area will be used to host wine initiation courses for locals and tourists.
The new building housing part of the premises was designed by architect Anthony Béchu in association with Alain-Charles Perrot and Florent Richard.
Gastronomy, wine and tableware will be given the spotlight in over 5,000 m2 of shops and restaurants.
To revitalise the neighbourhood and promote closer ties between inhabitants, Eiffage Aménagement has designed a multiplex and arts cinema offering 13 screens and 2,000 seats.
Tourists will enjoy the comforts of a splendid 125-room, luxury hotel housed in the 17th and 18th century historical buildings of the city’s former hospital, complete with swimming pool, spa and restaurant.
A total of 90 apartments will be refurbished to provide a range of accommodation, from one-room studios to three-room units in four-storey buildings.
This new urban space, just a stone’s throw from the city centre, shops and cinemas, has been designed to promote social and intergenerational diversity. The 500 housing units will all benefit from NF Habitat certification.
Three serviced residences will accommodate students, tourists and senior citizens.