Eiffage Group History


Creation of Fougerolle 

Philippe Fougerolle (1806-1883) founded the family business as attested by the royal seal which was presented to him on 8 October by the engineer responsible for the construction of the bridges and roads of the Nièvre region, upon completion of the construction of the Nivernais canal.  


Quillery Foundation

Emile Quillery founded the family business in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in 1863, near the imposing construction undertaken by Baron Haussmann.


Inauguration of the Eiffel Tower

Commissioned in 1885 by the Minister of Trade at the time, it was built between 1887 and 1889 and inaugurated on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition. It remained the highest monument in the world until 1930, when the the Chrysler Building was built in New York.


Origin of the energy section

Origin of the energy section through the creation of Société de Force et Lumière Electriques, which sets up in Paris and soon begins to stand out in the electrical works of the time.



Origin of SAE

The company Societé Auxiliaire d'Entreprises Electriques et de Travaux Publics, better known as SAE, was founded in Paris by Albert and Ernest de Marchena brothers and the Milanese Gino Valatelli, a graduate from the polytechnic college.

 1928 - 1938

Construction of the first section of the motorway A13

First French motorway in the West exit of Paris, A13, this prestigious work, employed a major part of the 500 SAE's workers for four years.


Fougerolle built the Tancarville bridge

With a length of 1,360 metres, the Tancarville bridge was, at the time, the longest suspension bridge in Europe.


Sydney Opera House (Australia)

The construction of the Sydney Opera House was developed from 1963 to 1973. This architectural creation was very adventurous.



Paris-Bercy Omnisports Palace

This construction allows today the organisation of more than 110 events per year and has a capacity to hold up to 17000 spectators.


Beugnet delivered 3000 kilometres of French motorways. 


Louvre Pyramid

Eiffel, Eiffage Construcción Metálica today, built the new emblem of Paris, a work symbolizing the renewal of the world's largest museum.



Launch of the most important RES (business takeover by employees) for a French company.

The Channel Tunnel

SAE drills the Channel Tunnel "project of the century", the tunnel linking France with Great Britain, becomes reality.


Origin of Eiffage

The Fougerolle-SAE merge is the origin of the EIFFAGE group.


Mediterranean TGV

Fougerolle, Quillery and SAE join to create Eiffage Construction.

Norelec merges with Forclum.

The Group's subsidiaries bring together their experience for the realisation of the layout of the Mediterranean TGV.



El RES The RES (business takeover by employees), launched in 1990, is successfully developed

Eiffage is granted a concession contract for the construction of 155 km of electronic toll motorways in Portugal..


Millau viaduct

Eiffage is granted the concession for the construction del Millau viaduct, the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world.


Eiffage enters Spain

The granting of the new railway line Perpignan-Figueras has been assigned to the TP Ferro Group (formed in a joint venture between Eiffage and the Spanish construction and public works ACS-Dragados).

Eiffage enters Spain through the energy section with the acquisition of Grupo Electrosur XXI.



Origin of Eiffage Energía in Spain

Eiffage Energía has its origin in Spain with the merger of the companies acquired by the Eiffage group: Electrosur XXI, Helcosa, Lectro-90, FM2, Sectrol. All of them with extensive experience in the energy sector.



The foundation stone of the Southern Paris Region hospital centre (CHSF) is laid. Under the terms of a PPP agreement, Eiffage is responsible for financing, designing, building and maintaining this flagship facility serving a population of 600,000 inhabitants.


Pierre-Mauroy Stadium

Signature of the PPP contract to design, finance, build, manage and maintain the Grand Stade Lille Métropole stadium, , later renamed Pierre Mauroy Stadium.


Dakar-Diamniadio Motorway

Eiffage celebrates 20 years of employee share ownership, a unique experience of flawless success amongst bigger French companies.

Eiffage celebrates 20 years of employee share ownership, a unique experience of flawless success amongst bigger French companies.

Laying of the foundation stone of the Grand Stade Lille Metropole, a multi-purpose stadium with a show box unique in its genre, later renamed Pierre Mauroy Stadium.

Opening of the motorway A65 - Pau Langon


Eiffage Énergie

FORCLUM becomes EIFFAGE ÉNERGIE, leader in the French market of electrical installations and HVAC.


Pierre-Mauroy Stadium

Delivery in February of Saint-Nazaire hospital complex

Starting of the high-speed railway Bretagne-Pays de la Loire works
Delivery, in August, of the
Grand Stade Lille Metropole stadiumand its show box, later renamed Pierre Mauroy Stadium.

Inauguration in December of the Louvre-Lens museum, the second regional branch of a Paris museum in the region.