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Bouygues to build €575m Paris law complex

16 Feb 12 Bouygues Construction has signed a €575m (£480m) contract to design, build and finance the new Paris Law Court complex.

The contract also covers the provision of maintenance and upkeep services for a period of 27 years. Under the contract, Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France will be responsible for design and construction, for a total of €575m. Exprimm, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction’s energy and services division ETDE, will provide facilities management services for the complex for an annual sum of €12.8m.

The contract is between the governing body of the Paris law courts, the Etablissement Public du Palais de Justice de Paris, and the Arelia consortium. The shareholders in the Arelia consortium are the financial investors Lloyds, DIF and SEIEF, as well as Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France and Exprimm,. Design is by Renzo Piano of Renzo Piano Building Workshop and consulting engineers Setec Bâtiment, Setec TPI, RFR and Berim.

The project will unite five facilities currently spread all around Paris. Its location will be in the Batignolles urban development zone and it will house the Paris regional court, the police court and the public prosecution service. It will also include the district courts attached to each of the capital's arrondissements. In all, the new complex will have the capacity to accommodate more than 8,000 people per day.

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It involves the construction of a 160m-tall building composed of separate elements which allow for more than 1 hectare of open-air terraces planted with trees. There will be a podium housing more than 90 courtrooms. 

Thermal inertia of the complex, use of natural ventilation, tree-planted terraces, incorporation of photovoltaic panels on the facade and recovery of rainwater are among the environmental solutions employed.

Work will begin in summer 2013 and will last three and a half years.

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