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).
Bouygues Immobilier, which has supported la Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine since the latter opened its doors in 2007, is therefore signalling a strong commitment to an institution that has become an international reference in the fields of architecture, urban planning, regional development and architectural innovation. Bouygues Immobilier has in the space of six years become la Cité's key partner.
In this time, its corporate foundation has supported major exhibitions at la Cité, most notably Habiter écologique (2009), La Ville Fertile (2011) and Circuler – Quand nos mouvements façonnent les villes (2012). More recently, la Cité was home to the 2012 Mix(cité), Villes en partage urban diversity exhibition, organised by l'Observatoire de la Ville - another initiative of Bouygues Immobilier's corporate foundation.
Spotting and fostering new talent is another goal of the corporate foundation, which in 2006 became a select sponsor of Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes (AJAP), a programme established by the Culture and Communication Ministry in France. Tangible initiatives have been pursued with some of the prizewinners, for example Christophe Rousselle and Nicolas Laisné (îlot Saint-Exupéry at Ginko, the Bordeaux Lake eco-neighbourhood), and Mathieu Gelin and David Lafon (the Amphithéâtre mixed-development zone in Metz).
All these initiatives convey Bouygues Immobilier's dedication to high-quality architecture and sustainable development.
"At Bouygues Immobilier, working in close conjunction with the world of architecture is part of our genetic make-up, " stated François Bertière, Chairman and CEO of Bouygues Immobilier. "And this process is being enhanced by the incorporation of new business principles stemming from sustainable development. Our joint work is indicative of the creative instinct and the propensity for innovation and excellence that architects and we ourselves have in common."