The new French Ministry of Defence

The new French Ministry of Defence

an unprecedented construction site under high security

France
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • new French Ministry of Defence
  • Decided on in the context of the reorganisation of the French armed forces, the Balard project is intended to create a more efficient ministry, housing on a single site the ministerial function, military high command, the central administration as well as the chiefs of staff of the three armed forces.
    In 2011, the French government awarded the public-private partnership contract for financing, designing and constructing the ministry as well as operating and maintaining the complex for 30 years to the Opale-Défense consortium, led by Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France and including Bouygues Energies & Services.

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    «All stakeholders united on a single site»

    The public-private partnership contract is a model for controlling public expenditure and the modernisation of equipment". "All stakeholders will be united on a single site, with optimal working conditions and a strong common incentive to work

    Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Defence Minister, while putting up the flag in January 2014

     

  • The Balard complex has been designed by the consortium for optimal usage, along with a guarantee of constant energy performance for the whole period of the contract.
    The ministry site has been designed as a high performing environmental ecosystem – its energy needs (heating, ventilation, hot water, etc.) will be half of those of a typical passive building, and its energy consumption will by a third of what is required by 2012 Thermal Regulations, ultimately achieving the HQE standard for new buildings.
    During the operation phase, Bouygues Energies & Services will monitor energy performance using the à Hypervision tool and users will be given help in using their equipment efficiently.

  • To keep to a demanding schedule and cope with the complexity of this project, Bouygues Construction has employed exceptional engineering resources, bringing in unrivalled expertise during the design phase and in preparing the project.
    To save time, works were launched simultaneously on the superstructure and the infrastructure beneath the thick concrete slab that was installed as a priority at ground level. Using the top and down method effectively meant that two sets of works were taking place at once.
    To meet the very strict construction standards that apply to buildings used by the armed services, teams borrowed civil engineering techniques to design extremely resistant structures, incorporating two to three times more steel reinforcements than normal buildings.

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    Ambitions
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  1. 1
    Context
  2. 2
    Testimony
  3. 3
    Ambitions
  4. 4
    Innovation
  5. 5
    Video
  • Decided on in the context of the reorganisation of the French armed forces, the Balard project is intended to create a more efficient ministry, housing on a single site the ministerial function, military high command, the central administration as well as the chiefs of staff of the three armed forces.
    In 2011, the French government awarded the public-private partnership contract for financing, designing and constructing the ministry as well as operating and maintaining the complex for 30 years to the Opale-Défense consortium, led by Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France and including Bouygues Energies & Services.

  •  

    «All stakeholders united on a single site»

    The public-private partnership contract is a model for controlling public expenditure and the modernisation of equipment". "All stakeholders will be united on a single site, with optimal working conditions and a strong common incentive to work

    Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Defence Minister, while putting up the flag in January 2014

     

  • The Balard complex has been designed by the consortium for optimal usage, along with a guarantee of constant energy performance for the whole period of the contract.
    The ministry site has been designed as a high performing environmental ecosystem – its energy needs (heating, ventilation, hot water, etc.) will be half of those of a typical passive building, and its energy consumption will by a third of what is required by 2012 Thermal Regulations, ultimately achieving the HQE standard for new buildings.
    During the operation phase, Bouygues Energies & Services will monitor energy performance using the à Hypervision tool and users will be given help in using their equipment efficiently.

  • To keep to a demanding schedule and cope with the complexity of this project, Bouygues Construction has employed exceptional engineering resources, bringing in unrivalled expertise during the design phase and in preparing the project.
    To save time, works were launched simultaneously on the superstructure and the infrastructure beneath the thick concrete slab that was installed as a priority at ground level. Using the top and down method effectively meant that two sets of works were taking place at once.
    To meet the very strict construction standards that apply to buildings used by the armed services, teams borrowed civil engineering techniques to design extremely resistant structures, incorporating two to three times more steel reinforcements than normal buildings.

The new French Ministry of DefenceAn urban and architectural challenge

The Balard project is exceptional in many ways, not least in terms of its size. On the 1.5 hectare site, adjacent to the Boulevard Périphérique, no fewer than three separate construction projects have been carried out in parallel:

  • in the centre, in the western zone, stands the new ministry building, the nerve centre, which is connected in a star formation to the support buildings;
  • in the eastern zone, the former Cité de l’Air has been entirely reconfigured and opens out onto a vast park devoted to pedestrians;
  • an office rental property programme is being carried out in the western zone by our subsidiary Sodéarif and Icade, on behalf of an investment fund led by Axa Real Estate.

When complete, almost 9,300 civilians and members of the military will work in the first two zones, in the new general district. The three firms of architects responsible for designing the new and renovated buildings collaborated with each other to ensure the architectural coherence of the project.
The same coordination took place between the different onsite operators. These operators include Thales Communications & Security, responsible for the design, operation and maintenance of information and communication systems, as well as the security systems for the site, Dalkia, which provides diversified energy output using geothermal and energy recovery systems; and Sodexo, which occupies 15 different roles, ranging from reception services, to waste treatment, to providing food service to 7,300 people per day. It's more than just a building; the Ministry is availing of a complete "turnkey contract" system.
 

The new French Ministry of DefenceEnergy management

Designed to achieve the highest environmental standards, the new ministry will provide accommodation for its personnel in modern, energy-efficient offices. The main building has been designed by its architect, Nicolas Michelin, as a complete, almost entirely self-sufficient ecosystem, a “natural machine” able to draw its resources from its environment. Aiming for HQE standards, the site presents a wide range of innovative solutions: its wide photovoltaic roof of more than 4,000 m² will produce 10 kWhep/m²/year, 90% of the annual need for cold will be met by heat exchanges with the water table, and 80% of needs for heating, air-conditioning and hot water will be supplied passively thanks to a sophisticated production system. With a commitment level that conforms to the Paris Climate Plan, Balard is also the largest energy performance contract in France.

The new French Ministry of DefenceA site that is open to its environment

Besides the creation of offices, construction plans include three 60-cot crèches, a swimming pool and a medical centre. Running through the western part of the site is a new path which is included in the Paris Urban Development Plan, a green link between the neighbourhood and the neighbouring town of Issy-les-Moulineaux. Pedestrian walkways through the parkland area will provide users and local residents with relaxation areas. And the property development programme, consisting of four buildings opening onto a green public pathway, will play a key part in ensuring that the Balard site is accessible and in energising the economic and social life of the neighbourhood.

 

In shortThe new French Ministry of Defence
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