Bouygues Construction to develop sustainable neighbourhood in Paris

WCN Editorial Team 15 Mar 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Bouygues Construction has been chosen to build Chapelle International property development, a sustainable neighbourhood in north-east Paris, France.

Linkcity Ile-de-France, the property development unit of Bouygues Batiment Ile-de-France, has completed the sale of three buildings in the Chapelle International neighbourhood in the 18th district of Paris to the City of Paris Property Authority (RIVP), ICF Habitat, and to funds advised by Blackstone.

Bouygues Batiment Ile-de-France is a subsidiary of French construction engineering company Bouygues Construction.

The sale of the three buildings in the Chapelle International has launched the works to be carried out by Bouygues Batiment Ile-de-France for €108m.

Chapelle International is located at Porte de la Chapelle on a seven-hectare former railway site.

In 2015, Linkcity Ile-de-France won a consultation process run by SNEF, the project developer and French Railways’ real estate division, and so was involved at a very early stage in the redevelopment.

This part of Paris will also house the new Condorcet campus of University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris I), as well as Arena 2, the capital’s new multi-sports venue.

Bouygues Batiment Ile-de-France CEO Bernard Mounier said: “As an active participant in the Greater Paris metropolis project, we are firmly committed alongside all the towns involved to imagining the neighbourhoods of tomorrow.

“This ambitious urban project enables us to contribute to the regeneration of the Chapelle International sector through innovation and sustainable development.”

Following a contest conducted by SNEF, Linkcity Ile-de-France commissioned Arte Charpentier Architectes, Metra et Associes and Ignacio Prego Architectures to design the 45,000m² multi-purpose development.

The project includes two office buildings – itWORKS! and itsWELL! – of 20,000m² and 14,000m² respectively, adapted to collaborative and nomadic working methods, along with a gymnasium and retail premises.

The third building will comprise 314 housing units on 17 floors, consisting of 73 family apartments for ICF Habitat La Sabliere for social housing rentals and a 241-room residence for the City of Paris Property Authority intended for students and young researchers.

The project is fully compliant with the City of Paris Climate Plan, and aims to obtain the following certifications and labels: NF Commercial Buildings, HQE standard, level Excellent; BREEAM, level Very Good; WELL Building Standard, level Silver; Effinergie+; BiodiverCity; and Habitat & Environnement (H&E), profile A option performance.

Work is underway and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2020.

Linkcity Ile-de-France was the winner of the ‘Inventing the Greater Paris Metropolis’ competition for the redevelopment of seven sites as part of a major call for projects.

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