Crédit Mutuel Nord-Europe, Linkcity and Bouygues Bâtiment Nord-Est (subsidiaries of Bouygues Construction) laid the first stone of the future MEL head office, in the presence of Damien Castelain and Martine Aubry. The event marked the beginning of the largest office construction project currently in progress in the Lille metropolitan area.
The project was chosen as the winner of the July 2017 contest, and is on its way since last June towards becoming a very real building. By the end of 2019, Euralille, the third largest business district in France, will host 30,000 m2 of additional premium office space on the “Champ Libre” site between the Hôtel de Région and the Grand Palais.
In less than a year, Linkcity managed to meet all the conditions and bring together all the partners necessary to make this project a reality. The property development phase ended at the start of June 2018 with a sales-before-completion contract for the building signed by Crédit Mutuel Nord-Europe, 3 regional Caisse d’Epargne branches and CARAC. “Our integrated business model bringing together real estate and construction competencies under one governance umbrella played an invaluable role in meeting deadlines and fulfilling commitments,” explains Philippe Jouy, CEO of Bouygues Bâtiment Nord-Est and manager of Linkcity Nord-Est.
The teams at Bouygues Bâtiment Nord-Est took possession of the site right away for 19 months. At the activities’ peak, the teams will comprise nearly 500 people. In just 4 months, they cast the 400 support piles and completed the infrastructure and ground floor, and are now moving on to the first floor.
An ambitious project for an ambitious metropolis
Once completed, the building will be rented by the Lille European Metropolis (MEL) for 18 years. The city services will thus move into the biggest office building to be completed in the city in the last 10 years. The project had first been imagined as part of Lille’s candidacy to host the European Medicines Agency but quickly revealed itself an ideal option for the MEL. With its dimensions, functionalities, usage and services quality, environmental performance, location, timing and upgrade potential, this project was designed for an institution with influence. For Damien Castelain, Chairman of the MEL, “The Biotope is an ambitious project for an ambitious metropolis. For 4 years, we have worked towards being a visible, open, innovative and forward-looking metropolis. What building other than the Biotope could so perfectly convey these ambitions?”
The Biotope will feature large openings onto planted terraces scattered with trees and shrubs. Light and natural materials such as wood a stone are omnipresent. In addition to office space, the building will include a 2-storey atrium, a rooftop restaurant area, an auditorium, meeting areas and a parking facility. Flexible and modular, it will easily adapt to changing needs.
The complex will meet the most ambitious environmental standards: energy consumption 30% below the 2012 thermal regulations, Excellent and Well Gold BREEAM certifications for the sanitary quality of the building and the well-being of its occupants, the E+C label for the building’s energy performance and low carbon footprint, the BiodiverCity label for excellence in respecting and developing local biodiversity, and the Wiredscore label for low-impact connectivity.
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