A large-scale building project with 30,000 m², Parc Oxford saw its first phase of implementation launched in September 2016. The second phase was launched in summer 2017, with delivery scheduled for the spring of 2019.
Know-how that began with finding building land
After positioning itself to acquire the site in the town of Saint-Martin-Le-Vinoux with a view to a real estate operation, the GA Group was approached by SOFILO, Groupe EDF’s subsidiary in charge of land, which was looking for a site for EDF’s Hydraulics department.
A technical training centre for water professionals
The first phase of the project consists in building a 4-storey training centre spanning 3,800 m² that will be able to accommodate some 70 trainees and 40 trainers. Like the premises of a technical institute of higher education, these will have the particularity of being technical premises, where concrete applications focused on professions in hydraulics will be made available to trainees in order to simulate the actual conditions of the work they are trained to perform.
A made-to-measure operation for Groupe EDF
The second phase of construction on site is that of a 23,000 m² complex made up of three separate buildings, all with the same surface areas. Partly 4-storey and partly 7-storey, the buildings will form an L-shaped unit. Nearby, a mobility centre will house a multi-level parking garage with 455 parking places and a company restaurant that will be open to everyone who works on the site. Although this tailor-made operation is designed for the Hydraulics department, it can nonetheless be adapted to changing uses in the future.
Energy performance at the heart of preoccupations
GA’s know-how included the integration of air treatment modules in the horizontal and vertical façades. Moreover, the buildings will be fitted with triple glazed sashes with integrated blinds to provide the greatest possible insulation. GA’s Active Computer-Aided Management of Energy Efficiency (GAPÉO®) will optimize the site’s consumption. To meet increasingly significant environmental issues, the building will be BREEAM certified and earn the Effinergie + label.
Combining work and well-being
Designed by the architectural firm Groupe 6, the work spaces will have the added value of a scheme that faces outward. From gardens and a terrace to extensive glazed surfaces that foster natural lighting, no effort is spared to enhance users’ comfort and improve well-being at work.
A planted façade
The south side façade has been planted over. A stainless steel mesh net has been set along the edge of the tiling and serves as a guardrail. The façade greening decision was made to bring an attractive, high-quality planted image to the buildings with the ecological benefits this entails (reintroducing fauna, humidifying and purifying the atmosphere). The plant ensembles are arranged over two levels. One directly in the soil, the other on the last paved section of the parking area, using hanging garden boxes. The plant palette is composed of extremely resistant and rustic ivy. It secures the development and planted cover for the base. Honeysuckle and clematis, placed in smaller quantities, provide for greater plant diversity (flowering, varied foliage) and round out the palette with their ornamental qualities.
On the same coordinated development zone (ZAC), a building for Econocom
The GA Smart Building teams have launched execution, on the same ZAC, of 4,500 m² of professional office space for Econocom, a European B-to-B digital services firm.
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