A performance centre for the Stade Rochelais

Type of project : Activities and industry
Total surface area : 4 000 M²
Construction time : 8 Months
Location : Centre-west
Type of project : Activities and industry
Total surface area : 4 000 M²
Construction time : 8 Months
Location : Centre-west

After building the martial arts centre in Gennevilliers ten years ago, the GA Group continues development in the field of sports and is working twice as hard. GA has been entrusted with building a high-end sports complex for the Stade Rochelais, a rugby club that plays in the first professional division. This is an honour for the Group, whose head office is in the Midi-Pyrénées, at the very heart of the cradle of the world of rugby.

GA, a deeply involved builder

Designed to train both the 40-odd professional players and young rugby hopefuls, the Stade Rochelais performance centre will be completed after 8 months of construction work, in July 2017, in time for the club to commence the 2017-2018 season in the best conditions. The 2-storey L-shaped building was designed in partnership with the Architectes Associés Niort firm. At its centre will be a covered 3,000-sqm training field that opens out onto the exterior. The half-size field will be surfaced with artificial turf, allowing the team to practice in any kind of weather. For the building itself, GA will bring its know-how into play, opting in advance for all-concrete construction with high thermal inertia, including prefabricated panels produced in the GA factory for perfect insulation.

 

The art of the custom-made structure at the service of performance

The building will be made up of two wings and will house all the services provided for the administrative management required to train the professional club as well as a centre for training courses. For professionals, all the facilities required for performing at this level of competition will be provided. There will be a weight room, a cardiovascular exercise room and a physical therapy room. Special care will be given to the hydrotherapy centre, which will boast a 4m by 8m pool heated to 26-27 degrees Celsius, with built-in counter-current jet swim modules to give the upper body a workout. Two small adjacent pools, one heated to 37-38 degrees and the other set at 7-8 degrees, will allow athletes to alternate between heat and cold consecutively to ensure better physical preparation. The wing devoted to training courses will have more limited equipment dedicated to strength training and physical therapy.    

It is in the workplace, on the upper floor, that the management personnel will be able to see to the proper administrative running of the Stade Rochelais. That floor also houses the restaurant, the video control room where games can be replayed and training sessions analyzed, and break rooms.  

 

Témoignage Jacques Dejean / Head of Projects
Between the two wings of this L-shaped building we are going to build a covered 3,000-sq m training field surfaced with artificial turf. This half-sized field is something completely new on the French rugby scene and represents a real competitive edge for the the team, allowing it to practice in any kind of weather.
Contact Sébastien Launay / Head of Business Development