Société Générale takes entire Icône building in Belval

Tim Harrup

A major transaction in the Belval district of Luxembourg has seen Besix RED sign a 15-year lease agreement with Société Générale Luxembourg for the occupation of the entire Icône building. This agreement marks a new success and consolidates Besix RED position on the Luxembourg market.

Arnaud Jacquemin, CEO of Société Générale Luxembourg, outlines his company’s position: “We are reaffirming Société Générale’s roots in Luxembourg through our real estate strategy, which aims to bring together all our employees and activities into two high-quality buildings by 2023: our historic Arsenal headquarters in Luxembourg City and Icône in Belval. With its central location in the heart of the Belval strategic development zone, its accessibility, its concept favoring new ways of working and its high environmental quality, Icone was the best choice”.

Icône office building Designed in collaboration with internationally renowned architect Foster + Partners and the Luxembourg firm of Beiler François Fritsch, the 18,750 m² office building sets out to differentiate itself by its architectural and technical qualities, Besix goes on to say, but above all by its pioneering concept. Gabriel Uzgen, Managing Director of Besix RED: “At Besix RED, well-being, health and customer experience are a major focus in our developments, whether they be residential, offices or commercial. Since its conception three years ago, Icône has been designed as a collaborative building, focusing on users and their well-being and in line with the New Ways of Working. With its concept, interior layout and ambitious architecture, Icône responds, even more today, to the needs of the post-Covid tertiary users”. »,

Within the building, in addition to the so-called ‘classic’ offices, various spaces are dedicated to co-working or to certain forms of ‘nomadism’ and are no longer dedicated to specific activities or users. Architecturally Icône has been designed from the inside to the outside, with an emphasis on informal places for exchange, which recreate links and reconnect users. Its many common spaces will be bathed in natural light thanks to its glass façade and the large glass roof of the central atrium, the heart of the building, connecting its two wings.

Icône will be BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certified and will be based on the ‘WELL-Building Standard’. Under construction since June 2020, the bank’s employees are scheduled to move in during the course of 2023.