Laying the first stone of the Safran site in Toulouse
Toulouse, September 10 2014 Marc Ventre, Safran's Chief Operating Officer in charge of Operations, Christian de Gournay, President of the Supervisory Board of Altarea Cogedim and Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the architect of the operation, were pleased today to welcome, in the first eco-neighbourhood of Greater Toulouse, Martin Malvy, President of the Regional Council of Midi-Pyrénées, Bernard Keller, Member of General Council and Mayor of Blagnac, and Alain Di Crescenzo, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toulouse, to lay the first stone of the future Safran building, which is due to be completed at the end of 2015.
The Safran Toulouse site will bring together 1400 colleagues within a unique 25,000 m2 building at the heart of the Andromède business park, right next to Toulouse-Blagnac international airport.
It will also bring together the Safran regional office and the Group's shared services centres (salaries, purchases), Labinal Power Systems (headquarters and services activities), Safran Engineering Services, Labinal Services, 3 branches of other Group companies (Sagem, Snecma, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) based in the region, as well as dedicated research laboratories, particularly focusing on more electric aircraft.
Promoting lateral collaboration and quality of living
The future Safran site buildings were designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte as a hub to promote lateral collaboration between all the Group entities based there. The site will be composed of 3 separate office buildings, linked by shared core services including canteens, meeting and relaxation areas, exhibition venues and outside spaces. All buildings will be linked to an underground car park, allowing colleagues to access offices directly.
Environmentally ambitious, the Safran site will be certified to HQE® NF-Bâtiments tertiaires (French environmental standards for office buildings). The design of the buildings, aligned along a north/south axis and 12 metres thick, will allow daylight into all work areas, lighting them naturally.
Marc Ventre, Safran's Chief Operating Officer, says: "With this new site, Safran, the second-largest aeronautics employer in the region with 3,200 colleagues, will get the visibility it deserves in the region. The building's sober and elegant architecture will ensure colleagues' optimum comfort, will provide very high levels of environmental performance, and will respond to accessibility and quality of living requirements."
Christian de Gournay, President of the Supervisory Board of Altarea Cogedim, adds: "We are very proud to have been chosen to carry out this project for Safran. It is a testament to our expertise in designing tailor-made headquarters and to the interest our partners have in us, as Crédit Agricole Assurances who recently decided to acquire the site."
Some figures on the Safran site:
- 25,000 m2 of offices over 5 floors
- 1400 colleagues
- 1100 car park spaces
- 1 shared services platform
- provisional programme handover date: end of 2015
Safran is a high-technology international group and a first-tier component supplier to the aeronautical and space (propulsion, equipment), defence and security sectors. Established on all continents, the Group employs 66,300 people for a turnover of €14.7 billion in 2013*. Safran is composed of several companies which, both alone and in partnerships, are international and European leaders at the forefront of their respective markets. To respond to changing markets, the Group carries out research and development programmes, spending €1.8 billion in 2013. Safran is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC 40 index.
*2013 turnover, adjusted for IFRS11 impacts, was €14.4 billion.
For more information, www.safran-group.com / Follow @SAFRAN on Twitter
Altarea Cogedim is a leading property player. A commercial property agent and developer, Altarea Cogedim is present on the three main property markets: retail, housing and office. It has the expertise to design, develop, market and manage bespoke property products in each of these areas. With a presence in France, Spain and Italy, Altarea Cogedim runs a €4bn portfolio of shopping centres and is one of the leaders in e-commerce in France thanks to its subsidiary Rue du Commerce. Listed on Segment A of Euronext Paris, Altarea has a market capitalisation of €1.7 billion on 30 June 2014. www.altareacogedim.com / @altareacogedim
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