InBuilding - Volume 1, Issue 1 - 6
With beacons, workers can see exactly
where they are on large sites at all times.
A SMART RENOVATION WITH BEACONS:
A CASE STUDY ON THE CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES
BY SYLVAIN BELLAÏCHE
or construction companies today, the power of smart
technology can enrich not
only the ﬁnished product - a stateof-the-art building - but its creation
as well. During the renovation of
an existing commercial space, wireless communication can be utilized
to enhance the safety and eﬃciency
of the worksite.
A contemporary example is
the transformation of the former
Virgin Megastore located at 52 Av.
des Champs-Élysées in Paris into
the newest location of Galeries
Lafayette, one of the largest and
oldest retailers in Paris. Work is
slated to be completed by the end
A SAFER WORKSITE
Bouygues Construction - which is
overseeing the renovation designed by the architectural ﬁrm
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BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) - has a
stated commitment to the health
and safety of its employees, reﬂected in its zero accident objective.
This aim is expressed in several
initiatives, such as workforce
training, continuous improvement
of construction methods and more
stringent on-site controls.
The company's vision is one of
innovation shared with partners,
customers and employees. This
vision also applies to working
methods, in which digital technology is playing an ever-greater part.
There are few higher-proﬁle
addresses in France than 52 Av.
des Champs-Élysées. As the largest
retail music store in the country,
Virgin was a go-to destination for
tourists and local residents alike.
The building was purchased by
Qatar Investment Authority in
2012, a year before the music store
closed its doors following the liquidation of the brand in France. In
2014, Galeries Lafayette entered
into exclusive negotiations with
Qatar for the lease of the site.
Renovation commenced during
Once renovated, 25,000 square
meters of the building will be
subdivided between basements,
oﬃces and a bistro on the seventh
ﬂoor, in addition to the sales area
for Galeries Lafayette. The latter
will encompass 9,000 square meters
spread over four levels (basement,
ground, ﬁrst and second ﬂoors), an
area double that occupied by Virgin
and the largest commercial space
on the Champs-Élysées.
Bouygues is working with Digital
Social Retail (DSR), developer of
the Social Retail® digital convergence platform. DSR has developed an app for Bouygues that is