Vue du bâtiment du futur centre de formation de l'OMS à Strasbourg

World Health Organization Global Training Centre: Apave selected for construction site supervision

Top News02/24/2022
The World Health Organization (WHO) is to set up its Academy in Lyon, entirely dedicated to training health professionals from around the world with state-of-the-art facilities, including the latest innovations in learning.  Apave will be involved throughout the project, the foundation stone of which was laid on 27 September 2021 by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and the Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

An 11,000 m2 campus

The WHO Academy will be located in the Gerland district in the south of Lyon and will occupy an area of 10,600 m², including a seven-story main building, specially built for the occasion. It is scheduled to open in 2023.


The Lyon campus will also feature high-tech learning facilities, a world-class health emergency simulation center, and collaborative spaces for co-design, research and innovation.


Eventually, approximately 200 WHO staff should be on site.

This campus will offer dozens of training modules in digital format for healthcare professionals in the 194 member states of the international organization.
The goal is to reach 10 million users by the end of 2023, including 16,000 face-to-face courses per year at the Lyon site. Validated and accredited by recognized organizations, these training courses will be delivered in the six official languages of the United Nations. 


Missions carried out by Apave

View of the future WHO training centre building in Strasbourg

This project will be carried out in 2 phases:

  1. Demolition of the "offices + greenhouse" part of the existing building; Then construction of 2 new buildings:
  • The first dedicated to the WHO Academy for a floor area of 10,479 m²
  • The second dedicated to a tertiary building with a floor area of 2,668 m²
  1. Demolition of the "laboratory part" of the existing building and construction of a tertiary building with a floor area of approximately 16,000 m²


Our teams in Lyon Infrastructure & Construction will work on the ESSP (Public Safety and Security Study) missions, asbestos and waste diagnostics, the CTC and CSPS.


Find out more about one of our missions on this site


Project management : SAS Pralong represented by SOGELYM DIXENCE

Architectural firm: Ateliers 2/3/4

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