At La Baule-Escoublac, a seaside resort in western France with what is reputed to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world, Bouygues Immobilier is developing the Domaine de la Chênaie, a new programme in a residential neighbourhood. A large-scale project comprising 147 dwellings, including 65 single-family houses, it caught the eye of staff at Saint-Nazaire Civil Engineering and Sustainable Construction IUT because of its variety (the development combines apartment buildings, single-family houses and intermediate housing) and because the works are scheduled in several phases.
Once a month since February, a Bouygues Immobilier representative and the project manager, CES, have welcomed 20 or so students from the IUT and their teacher in order to learn about the different stages of the project and its progress. Each visit offers an opportunity to explore a particular theme, decided by the teacher in liaison with Bouygues Immobilier.
After two visits devoted to a presentation of the project, the organisation of works and the shell phase, the visit on 31 March focused on frameworks (roofing and waterproofing) and joinery so that the students could learn about and understand the challenges associated with them. The visit ended with a tour of the show house to give them a glimpse of the end product.
"The students really appreciate these site visits. They are curious and the visits let them see how theory is put into practice. The Domaine de la Chênaie project includes both apartment buildings and single-family homes, making it all the more interesting for them", says Mike Mathelier, director of Bouygues Immobilier's Nantes branch.
In a friendly atmosphere and with a practical purpose, the visits encourage experts to share their experience with future members of the profession. They elicit many questions, to which the people on-site respond with passion and simplicity. The last visit, focusing on secondary trades, is scheduled for 18 May. Given the participants' curiosity and enthusiasm, another very instructive experience is in store — with great photos too!