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Nov 21, 2006 at 07:33 PM

Sophia Antipolis - Nice, France

Situated near Nice on the French Riviera, Sophia Antipolis Science Park is a successful residential and technology park with more than 1,000 enterprises, over 17,000 engineers and technicians, and 5,000 researchers. Its main activities are R&D in technology, science and commercial services. An extensive telecommunications system and access to local airport and motorway connections support networking with the rest of Europe. Industries represented include:

  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy, Environment and Engineered Materials
  • Universities and Research
  • Manufacturing and Services
  • Professional Corporations
  • Retail Trades, Personal and Commercial Services

The quality of life has been a priority ever since the Park opened. Two-thirds of the Park - 3,750 acres - has been set aside for green space. Strict building codes guide development. Priority is given to innovative design and integration of buildings within the site.

375 of the 2,000 acres set aside for building have been reserved for housing, sports, and recreation. 2,000 families live at Sophia Antipolis, and 40% of them work there. Most of those working in Sophia Antipolis live within a 12 mile radius, and a 30 minute drive of the Park. 40 tennis courts, 4 golf courses, and many other sports complexes serve the Sophia Antipolis area. There are 8 hotels offering 750 rooms, and complete conference facilities.

Residents and employers claim a 30% increase in productivity after moving to the technopolis.

Last Updated ( Jul 19, 2007 at 01:23 PM )