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).
On 15 December, François Bertière, Chairman and CEO of Bouygues Immobilier, inaugurated the Bouygues Telecom Technical Centre at Meudon-la-Forêt in the presence of Hervé Marseille, Mayor of Meudon, Martin Bouygues, Chairman and CEO of the Bouygues Group, Philippe Marien and Olivier Roussat, respectively Chairman and CEO of Bouygues Telecom, and Carl-Christian Siegel, Executive Director of Commerz Real.
Situated at the entrance to Meudon-la-Forêt business park, adjacent to the forest, the N118 highway and the Vélizy employment zone, the Technical Centre will welcome over 3,000 Bouygues Telecom employees from January 2010.
Designed by architects Valode & Pistre, the 57,000-sq.-metre building will house Bouygues Telecom's network and IT staff. It comprises a ground floor, five floors of offices, common amenities and a three-storey car park with 1,848 spaces. Working areas are convivial, encouraging interaction and well-being. Staff facilities at the Technical Centre include two gyms, two restaurants, a cafeteria, a fast-food court and a 150-seat auditorium. Interior designer Jean-Louis Berthet was commissioned to design these areas.
The building perfectly meets the functional needs imposed by the specific nature of the Technical Centre, which has ahighly secure network management centre operating round the clock, even in the event of a general power cut. The third basement houses a genuine, self-contained power plant.
The design of the Technical Centre was guided by the desire to integrate the building into its surroundings as fully as possible and to make best use of the site. The W-shaped layout of the buildings, jutting into the forest, underlines the Centre's very close relationship with the environment and green spaces.
The Technical Centre's green credentials were one of Bouygues Immobilier's key concerns. Like the future Bouygues Telecom headquarters at Issy-les-Moulineaux, the Technical Centre has Very High Environmental Quality certification, achieving very high performance for seven targets:
- 60% of the building's heating requitements in winter and all its domestic hot water are produced by an energy recovery system installed in the cooling units of the computer rooms;
- a metal grid on the façade acts as a brise-soleil, limiting solar gain and reducing the need for airconditioning;
- lighting fixtures fitted with photoelectric cells adjust intensity according to the level of natural light;
- rainwater is recovered and used to water the gardens.
The Technical Centre's success is the result of close cooperation between Bouygues Immobilier, Bouygues Telecom, Bouygues Bâtiment and the town of Meudon.