Airbus Helicopters and GFC Construction, the subsidiary of Bouygues Construction in southeastern France, today began work on the Marignane Development Center at the helicopter manufacturer’s main site in Marignane, Bouches du Rhône.
The result of a 30-million-euro investment, the building will accommodate more than 1,000 employees from Airbus Helicopters’ R&D community.
Comprising a floor area of nearly 20,000 m2―some 18,000 m2 of office space and 2,000 m2 for workshops―the facilities have been designed to promote synergies and cross-functionality among all the stakeholders involved in the company’s processes of industrial development and technical innovation.
The architecture of the building is a prime concern, with the architect Michel Rémon assisting with the project from the design phase. Priority will be given to employee comfort in the design of the work spaces. The building will make maximum use of natural daylight and materials have been carefully chosen with a view to ensuring acoustic comfort. The façade will be built by Acieroid, another subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, and will consist of “breathable” triple glazing to ensure optimal thermal comfort.
The building, which will receive a BREEAM© rating of Very Good, will be designed and built in accordance with the principles of sustainable construction.
Running for 17 months, work is due for completion in January 2016 and will involve around 100 people during peak periods.
About Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 46 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in approximately 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its customer centers and participations in 21 countries, and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.
About GFC Construction
GFC Construction is a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction and operates in the southeastern quarter of France. It carries out development, design, construction and renovation activities in the areas of housing, public service and tertiary infrastructure, multi-product operations, energy and the environment, industry and logistics. GFC Construction has a property development subsidiary named CIRMAD. The company operates on the Côte d’Azur under the Miraglia brand and is present in Monaco through its subsidiary Richelmi, which has been doing business in the principality for the best part of 70 years. In conjunction with Bouygues Construction’s other subsidiaries, GFC Construction brings its customers wide-ranging expertise that encompasses everything from project development and design through to operations and maintenance. GFC Construction employs 1,100 people and generated a turnover of 400 million euros in 2013. GFC Construction is a high-profile stakeholder in the local community and entrusts the provision of over 70 percent of its services to local partners.
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