Developer Hermitage Group, working with EPAD, the public sector body responsible for development at La Défense in Paris, are planning to build a new 24-hour urban community housing Western Europe’s tallest mixed-use towers to the east of La Défense.

The project, Hermitage Plaza, has been designed by Foster + Partners and has been unveiled today at MIPIM in Cannes.

The new Parisian project will incorporate two 323-metre-high buildings to the east of La Défense in Courbevoie, Paris.

The mixed-use towers will include an hotel, spa, panoramic apartments, offices and serviced apartments, as well as shops at the base.

Work is due to start on site in 2010 and complete by the end of 2014.

Lord Norman Foster said: ‘Hermitage Plaza will create a 24-hour community that will regenerate the riverfront and inject new life into a predominantly commercial part of the city.

‘A light catching addition to the Paris skyline, the development will also provide a public piazza that leads down to the river’s edge to create a new destination for the city.’