AN INAUGURATION PARTY
A great house-warming party has been organised on 19 October 2012 at Ginko, the eco-neighbourhood on Bordeaux Lake that is the brainchild of Bouygues Immobilier. In the presence of Nathalie Delattre, deputy mayor of the Bordeaux Maritime district, it is an occasion to celebrate the arrival of Ginko's first residents.
The programme includes:
- a symbolic ceremony at which Philippe Cousty, Regional Manager of Bouygues Immobilier's South-West France division, will hand over the keys of Ginko to Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux,
- a neighbourhood meal with live music,
- a workshop and debate on the theme "Am I a green citizen?"
The party will take place in the context of the Participiales initiative, held in Bordeaux on 19 and 20 October 2012. Designed to encourage involvement in the community and exchanges between residents, the event includes workshops, debates, events and many exhibitions in Bordeaux's eight districts, on subjects related to good citizenship and neighbourliness — issues absolutely central to the Ginko concept!
PRIORITY TO MIXING AND URBAN SOLIDARITY
Situated in the Berge du Lac mixed-use development zone in Bordeaux, Ginko has been designed to foster social, functional and inter-generational mixing. Housing, shops and offices are combined with a range of public services, facilities and amenities.
Priority has been given to urban solidarity from the construction phase, for example by promoting jobs and training for residents of the nearby Les Aubiers district. The Bouygues Immobilier Corporate Foundation also encourages local micro-businesses in the framework of its partnership with Adie, a microcredit agency. At the same time, initiatives to raise awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues have been rolled out with local schools and non-profit associations. As part of the MediaTerre project, initiated by Unis-Cité and supported by the Bouygues Immobilier Corporate Foundation, young people on voluntary community service have been helping low-income families to reduce their energy bills through green behaviour.
GROUNDBREAKING ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The buildings in the Ginko eco-neighbourhood stand out for their energy performance: 90% of apartments have BBC low-energy building certification and 10% THPE (very high energy performance) certification. All have green roofs and enhanced thermal insulation. Ginko will also be the first eco-neighbourhood in France to ultimately use a district heating network running entirely on renewable energy sources (80% wood biomass and 20% oil biomass), while photovoltaic panels will also contribute to energy production.
Ginko encourages soft mobility, combining public transport (bus and tram) with six kilometres of cycle paths. It also offers pedibus itineraries, so that children can walk to school together safely, and Vcub cycle-hire stations.
COME ALONG! ALL WELCOME!
All Bordeaux residents, whether they live in the neighbourhood or just want to see what it looks like, are invited to the great Ginko house-warming party. Put the date in your diary, and we look forward to seeing you on Friday, 19 October at 8.00pm at Ginko, Place Jean Cayrol, opposite the lake. Access from the Avenue Marcel Dassault.