Building a city to match its use

The city's construction is a vast laboratory for innovation.  The objective? To create urban constructions able to harmoniously combine density, quality of life and the protection of natural resources. At La Confluence constructions are also designed to meet people's needs.


A smart city is not just a technologically innovative city. It also takes its users (residents and employees etc.) into account, which means that their use of the city is essential to the process of creating beneficial and sustainable developments.   Without this process, there is a great risk of building costly constructions and implementing complex systems that will ultimately be poorly used, or never used at all. Lyon Confluence is aware of this challenge and is committed to building a neighbourhood that not only responds to current needs but answers future ones too. This aim means that we take a much broader approach to sustainable development than a traditional developer.

Broadening expertise

While developing the district, SPL Lyon Confluence has been committed to making an impact on the three pillars of sustainable development: the environment, the economy and social issues. This approach meant that its role as a redeveloper had to adapt and progress. The architecture, environment and diversity quality requirements detailed in the specifications, were complemented by Lyon Confluence's desire to improve the services on offer to users of the district. Lyon Confluence notably provides services such as the option of connecting to the urban heating network that is offered to co-ownership associations. This development embodies Lyon Confluence's desire to provide solutions that respond to the new way the city is being used, i.e. the production and distribution of renewable energy (the urban heating network), or the development of shared parking schemes. Lyon Confluence also has to manage the data for the new connected city.

Creating links to understand needs

These new areas of expertise have evolved out of listening to and exchanging ideas with the neighbourhood's users, and the close relationship that Lyon Confluence has always fostered. These exchanges notably take the form of questionnaires, completed once the facilities and public spaces have opened and enabling any potential changes to be made. It also involves paying close attention to contributions made during consultation meetings (see relevant page). The social networks Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are also important as they provide a forum for close contact with communities.