The design and construction part of the contract for the news Centre de Congrès is worth €44m (£31.7m), with operation and maintenance accounting for another €10m. Metz Métropole Moselle Congrès (M3Congrès) is client for the project.
Led by Eiffage Construction will be leading a team also includes Eiffage Energie and Eiffage Services, which will maintain the building for a period of 25 years.
The total cost-of-ownership (TCO) approach adopted for the project focuses on ambitious energy performance targets and the use of sustainable materials. The acoustic, thermal and visual aspects of the building's design will be optimised in line with the requirements of HQE environmental certification; the aim is to ensure a high standard of user comfort as well as outstanding environmental performance.
The five-storey development features a ground floor, apron level, two upper levels and a mezzanine. The Centre de Congrès will house a modular auditorium with capacity for 600 to 1,200 spectators, exhibition areas with space for more than 200 stands, 14 committee rooms and a restaurant. It will also be possible to configure the main hall with tables seating 1,200 guests.
The building is scheduled to be handed over and opened to the public during the first half of 2018. The majority of the funding for the project is being provided by Ville de Metz, with the remainder supplied by a panel of partners.