Originally secured by Eiffage in 2019, excluding technical packages, the project has been almost a year in the redesign to take account of the new uses and flexibility required due to the increase in remote working, along with new environmental criteria.
The brainchild of architects Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec Architectes, this six-storey project plus basement level comprises two separate structures: a 31,520 sqm “garden” building and a 17,710 sqm “courtyard” building. It will include an auditorium, concierge service and three commercial premises.
The whole first-floor offices will all be 100% reconfigurable into meeting rooms, and huge collaborative spaces will be developed on the upper levels. Exterior spaces accessible to building users will complete the project.
BLACK has strong environmental ambitions and will use a low-carbon construction method with industrial pre-walls, metal substructure, and a façade, realised by Goyer, French leader in facade construction, with stabilised timber cladding following YakiSugi’s ancestral Japanese technique. Two gardens covering a total of 10,000 sqm will help create urban cool islands.
The project is targeting numerous labels and certifications: HQE® New – Outstanding Level, BREEAM Excellent, BBCA, E+/C- Level E1/C1, Biosourced Building Label, BiodiverCity, Osmoz, R2S and Wiredscore.
Works for this large-scale project are expected to take 26 months, with delivery scheduled for late 2023. It will take 300,000 working hours, including 10,000 hours of access-to-employment work and require the use of five cranes.