Eiffel Tower to undergo a major modernisation process
Wednesday 13 September 2017
Modified the 19/06/18
More modern, welcoming, and user friendly: the Eiffel Tower is embarking upon a major phase of transformation. Further to the permanent maintenance work on the heritage site, the City of Paris will commit a budget of 300 million euros to a new improvement programme, which will take 15 years to complete. "Through this gesture, the City has demonstrated its ambitions in terms of tourist appeal, giving the Eiffel Tower a central role,” writes Anne Yannic, Executive Director of the Société d’Exploitation de la tour Eiffel (SETE), the Tower’s operating company. “By bringing its iconic monument in line with current trends in international tourism, the capital is also clearly on board with Paris’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games and the 2025 Universal Exhibition.”
No interruption to visitors
Renovation work will be carried out with no interruption to visits or to the functioning of the Tower. The closure of certain zones will be organised so as not to impede the flow of access, and to ensure the quality of visiting the monument. Every precaution will be taken to limit potential disturbances for visitors, employees and residents, and to ensure security all round. Test sites will allow for the different impacts of renovation works to be measured in order to better control them.
Renovation work will begin on this date and will extend on into 2031, during which time we will see the installation of a protective barrier surrounding the monument, the renovation of the 2nd floor, the renovation of the Tower’s beacon, etc.:
- A seamlessly integrated protective barrier
From September 2017 to Summer 2018
The temporary fences on the forecourt, set up for the 2016 UEFA Euro championships, will be gradually dismantled. A more aesthetic transparent wall that is both more secure and better adapted to the site will replace it. It will protect visitors at the foot of the Tower and inside the monument, while at the same time making it possible to see the historic view that runs between the Trocadéro and the École Militaire, directly underneath the Eiffel Tower’s pillars.
- A more welcoming lower 2nd floor
From September 2017 to March 2018
The overhaul of the lower second floor will, from April 2018 onwards, offer better visiting and working conditions for all visitors, employees and SETE partners. This space, including its buffet bar and shops, will be completely modernised, comprising clear, warm colours and materials in keeping with the original structure of the tower.
Each renovation project aims to provide a better welcome, reducing waiting times and improving security, etc. But broader reflection on this central topic should lead to a different organisational structure for the reception area, on a perimeter that could extend beyond the Tower’s forecourt. It should be unveiled on digital devices, but also through specific works from 2021.