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28 June 2013


Egis strengthens its development strategy in the port and maritime domain

Port engineering and sea works, especially in the off-shore field (major complex projects and works at great depths) offers sharp forecasts worldwide.

By setting up Egis Ports, Egis is boosting its advance in this high potential sector. Pierre Aristaghes is Chief Executive Officer of the new subsidiary, that gathers the group’s various expertise.


An emerging domain

Egis aims at supervising trading ports and specialized terminals (bulk, mining, liquefied natural gas (LNG), etc.), marinas, extensions at Sea (artificial islands, etc.) and issues related to the struggle against erosion and coastal flooding. Egis assembles its particular expertise and creates a dedicated branch that will perform on 3 trades:

  • Port development consultancy (economic and institutional features of operating ports and waterways)
  • Harbor structures design (dams, wharves, piers, etc.) and the overall design of ports and terminals
  • Maritime hydraulics and coastal engineering

Egis Ports is managed by Pierre Aristaghes who joined the group at the end of 2012.

Landmark projects

In the last years, Egis teams brought their expertise to many projects as:

  • Infrastructure studies of Weda Bay’s ore port (Indonesia) which is one of the largest untapped nickel ore deposits in the world
  • Technical assistance for the construction of Zadar’s new port (Croatia), World Heritage Site by Unesco
  • Assistance for Kribi’s new deep water port (Cameroon) and operating planning
  • Full project management of the New Littoral Road (Reunion Island) to be set a few hundred meters from the shore, between Saint-Denis and La Possession
  • Member of the Ecological Restoration for the shore in the Great Port of Marseille, using Egis’ advanced know-how in Ecodesign.

Pierre Aristaghes named Egis Ports’ CEO

 A graduate of the French Ponts et Chaussées engineering school, Pierre Aristaghes began his career in 1981 with BCEOM (now Egis International), in the Ports and Inland Waterways Department (PVN). One year later, he joined the Technical Centre of the French Ministry of the Sea (“CETMEF”) where he was in charge of the sea port activity and returned to BCEOM in 1986 as Special Adviser to the General Manager.

He joined Bouygues TP in 1990 as Manager of Studies and Development and was, in particular, responsible for tunnel and port studies. He worked on the design of variants for the Beirut seafront (Lebanon), the first Tangiers Med container port (Tangiers, Morocco), a container terminal in the Dominican Republic, as well as the hydraulic design of seawalls in Monaco.

Manager of Sea Works Engineering at Saipem (a subsidiary of the Italian Oil Group ENI, a specialist in the engineering and construction of industrial complexes) since 2004, he notably developed winning concepts for two other ports in Tangiers and three methane terminals in Peru, Algeria and Australia. He was also awarded a major contract for the design of a complete port complex in Australia, and worked on urban marine extensions in Monaco and on Reunion Island.


14 June 2013


Egis will supervise the construction of the new Liège hospital (Belgium)

The future CHC (Christian Hospital Centre) of Liège, Belgium, focuses on a better welcoming of patients, on an architecture at the service of health care, and on a revamping of the brownfield site on which it will be built. Egis has been chosen as the Managing Constructor for this complex until its opening in 2017.


Engineering at the service of patients

For that operation, the CHC entrusts Egis with the task of Construction Management, independently of the companies involved. Thanks to its multidisciplinary expertise, Egis will apply its mastery of hospital-related techniques, of costs and delivery times for an exhaustive operation, and its know-how in the organisation and connection of interfaces (companies, concession holder, operating company). Its expertise in Project Management covers the Study and Works phases, and includes a specific responsibility for safety and security on the worksite. A team of 12 Egis engineers is dedicated to this project.

A high-tech hospital

The new hospital designed by the architects AAH (Artau-Assar Architects-Hoet + Minne) will open its doors in 2017 and will pool the activities of the clinics of St-Joseph (Liège), L'Espérance (Montegnée) and St-Vincent (Rocourt). Designed in view of providing ergonomic solutions to its users (patients, health care providers, suppliers), the hospital will offer the patients a personalised pathway, in a truly modern healthcare institution:

  • Low-Energy building;
  • Architecture focusing on light (wide openings, natural light in the living areas);
  • Advanced medicine and avant-garde equipment within a human environment;
  • Nice view to the city; easily accessible by car, public transportation or bike ('Ravel' cycle route);
  • Large parking area (2,000 spaces).

The hospital will offer a wide range of health care (consultations, hospitalisations, medical examinations), with 720 standard hospital beds and 120 day-hospital beds. Its 2,800 staff (employees, physicians and freelance professionals) will be provided with an ergonomic and human environment.

This certification testifies to the excellent quality of the ecological and sustainable management and operation of this real estate complex


17 April 2013


Egis, Generali and Microsoft: a joint approach for a dual environmental certification in use

Egis teams have worked as Environmental Project Management Assistant (AMO) for the dual certification 'BREEAM in Use' and 'HQE Exploitation®' (High Environmental Quality in Use) obtained at the end of March 2013 for the EOS office building at Issy-les-Moulineaux.


A first in France

The EOS building, delivered in 2009, is one of the largest set of offices to be certified 'HQE Construction' in the Paris region. The project, jointly initiated by the owner, Generali Real Estate, and the main lessee, Microsoft France, has been accompanied by Egis, which enabled them to obtain the 'HQE Exploitation®' and 'BREEAM in Use' certifications thanks to its Project Management Assistance work.

Such a joint project, supported by the owner and the main lessee of a building with a view to improving its environmental performances, is a first in France.

EOS obtains a dual 'HQE' certification

The operating teams, advised by Egis, had been working for almost 3 years on improving the environmental performances of the site and have been able to generate energy savings of more than 25%, proportionally to the gradual increase in the occupancy of the building.

Today, the teams have obtained a dual certification in Use by passing the Anglo-Saxon certification 'BREEAM in Use' with a score of 'GOOD' for each of the 3 topics it covers: Asset Performance, Building Management, and Organisational.

This certification testifies to the excellent quality of the ecological and sustainable management and operation of this real estate complex.


28 January 2013


Helios joins Egis

On 25th January 2013, Egis Avia, the French-owned aviation and navigation company acquired UK consultancy Helios.


Many synergies between Helios and Egis Avia

In a joint statement the companies said: “There are many synergies between Helios and Egis Avia, and a history of success and mutual respect in our markets. Egis Avia provides aviation services and products around the world. It operates 12 international airports and provides turnkey solutions to others. Helios delivers award-winning consultancy services to transport businesses, governments and institutions across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Together we intend to exploit our synergies to continue to help our customers address the challenges of today and plan better for tomorrow.”

Cédric Barbier, Egis Avia CEO says: “Having Helios on board supports Egis’ desire to be as close as possible to all air transport stakeholders from strategy to operations. Helios’ strong consultancy expertise strengthens our offering to aviation decision makers. This partnership enhances our unique consulting and engineering portfolio for Airport, ATM and Air Operation markets.”

Helios will continue to deliver its services from Farnborough and Žilina

Helios Chairman Dr Mike Shorthose adds: “Egis is a very strong global player and those global connections are exactly what we were seeking for our next phase of development. Helios will continue to deliver its services from Farnborough and Žilina, and in that respect it is very much ‘business as usual’. What we’re particularly excited about is that our team will now have access to more support worldwide, as well as the opportunity to collaborate on new opportunities.


Information for editors

  • Helios has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Egis Avia.
  • Egis Avia recognises the strength and value of the Helios name. The Helios brand name will continue.
  • The new business is well-funded and financially secure. Egis Avia is a subsidiary of Egis, which in turn is 75% owned by a major French bank (the Caisse des Dépôts) and 25% owned by its management and staff.


More information about Helios available in the press release.



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