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THE GREATER PARIS : towards new centres


How will the future « Grand Paris » Metropolis look?


Anticipating the future of certain sectors is crucial in the development strategy of a developer, investor or tenant. The region is facing a profound upheaval in the coming decades: completion of the Grand Paris Express will have a major impact on the territory’s general organisation with the emergence of new key central zones. Through an innovative approach based on the analysis of micro-localized data, Colliers International France's Research & Studies department delivers its forward-looking vision of “Grand Paris” by unveiling the future face of the metropolis.

The Grand Paris Express represents a tremendous opportunity for the Greater Paris Region to definitively enter into the realm of the major 21st century metropolises. In the suburbs, the arrival of such infrastructure will significantly reduce the transportation time required to reach the rest of the territory.

By compressing travel time and thus bringing people closer to their workplaces, it will encourage the emergence of new and very attractive areas for both residents and companies.

As for the Boulogne-Créteil arc, the GPE will create new urban links between economically complementary business areas, thus offering qualitative spaces for the accommodation of these companies. Thus, by proposing a structurally coherent whole, the suburbs will become a real extension of the city centre.



PART 1: Challenges and perspectives



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PART 2: Scaling up




  • Currently, nearly 82% of intramural Paris can potentially reach the rest of the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area in less than an hour, compared to only 11% of its suburbs.
  • With the arrival of the GPE, Paris will see further improvements in the quality of its geographic coverage, but the most obvious impacts will be on the suburbs: more than 35% of its territory will be less than an hour away from the rest of the metropolis.

The principle of Le Greater Paris Express is to support and respond to the non-uniform population growth in the Île-de-France region. For several years, the inner suburbs has become the first area for the renewal of corporate real estate pools. It offers vast land reserves for the development of modern office buildings near Paris. Unlike Paris, which has an extremely low stock of land reserves. Medium and large companies located in Paris are moving to the suburbs. The demographic and economic dynamism of the suburbs is therefore in full swing, tending to shift the economic and social centre of gravity outside the hypercentre. 


« Anticipating certain sectors’ futures is crucial in promoter, investor or end-user development strategies. Thanks to a 40 million m² constructability reservoir and the emergence of new key centres, the suburbs will offer solid growth prospects and important sources of value »
Laurence Bouard, Head of Research Department Colliers International France.


With the Greater Paris Express arrival, the suburbs will finally have a means of transport adapted to its growth and challenges, with the creation of connections between complementary residential and economic ecosystems. The smoothing of access times will cause a upheaval in the hierarchy of territories. In the suburbs, the Greater Paris Express will eventually ensure to the residents and businesses the creation of new centralities that will emerge and compete directly with the Parisian hypercentre.