Bouygues Immobilier is a leading private property developer in France and Europe, with 1,908 employees at 31 December 2017 and sales of €2,712 million in 2017. With 39 branches in France and four outside France, Bouygues Immobilier has nearly 60 years' experience in developing residential, corporate and commercial projects in more than 250 towns and cities. Bouygues Immobilier has a strong commitment to innovation and sustainable development and therefore seeks to provide better quality of life over the long term for all its customers by making their experience of the buying process and the use they make of the living spaces and services created for them as pleasant as possible. Bouygues Immobilier is the first developer to be certified ISO 9001 in France, NF Habitat HQE, and Top Employer France 2017, and to win the 2016 prize for the best customer relations awarded by the French Customer Relations Association (AFRC).
Located within the Parc Marianne mixed-use zone, La Mantilla marks the development of the southern part of Montpellier in pleasant surroundings for both residents and businesses, including local shops and supermarkets, schools, restaurants, parks and lakes. Developed in partnership with Sogeprom and Pragma, the project combines offices, apartments and ground-floor shops. Bouygues Immobilier has developed 218 apartments, including a 124-unit student residence and 94 apartments for first-time buyers, and a net floor area of 3,500 m² for offices with HQE® High Environmental Quality certification. An outstanding feature of the project, designed by Jacques Ferrier Architectures and A+ Architecture, is the lace-like concrete and aluminium façades on the residential and office buildings, forming a sort of second skin to which the light clings. The white façades create a Mediterranean feel with a mix of shade and luminosity. Sogeprom subsidiaries Commerce & Services and Pragma have developed 5,700 m² of themed ground-floor retail space with the aim of offering a coherent set of mid- to up-market retail outlets (Habitat and Monoprix each have 1,600 m², Picard has 310 m²) to go with 101 non-controlled luxury apartments in the Naïa and Alhambra residences, 63 social housing units for ACM in the La Paloma residence and 21 apartments for first-time buyers in the Volubilis residence.
Innovative and environment-friendly, the La Mantilla development is one of the candidates selected in the EcoCité call for projects issued by the French Housing Ministry. A number of initiatives to manage energy production and consumption have been taken as part of the project, including a wood-fired trigeneration district heating network, use of heat recovered from wastewater to preheat domestic hot water, creation of a cold plant to provide refrigeration and cooling to shops, offices and some dwellings, and smart home automation in each apartment.
François Bertière, Chairman and CEO of Bouygues Immobilier, and Pierre Sorel, CEO of Sogeprom, said: “We are proud to have developed this project at the cutting-edge of innovation and sustainable development, providing a showcase for what the greater Montpellier area will be like in the future”.