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Our President, Daniel Lopes, our Deputy Managing Director for the Mediterranean, Guillaume Allais, and our teams working on the Cité Scolaire Internationale Jacques Chirac in Marseille had the pleasure of welcoming Pap Ndiaye, Minister of National Education and Youth, on November 17. This exceptional visit was part of a ministerial trip to Marseille. It was an opportunity for Bouygues Bâtiment Sud-Est to highlight this emblematic project. 

The Cité Scolaire Internationale de Marseille (CSI) construction site was abuzz with activity on November 17 as it welcomed a distinguished guest: Pap Ndiaye, the French Minister for Education and Youth! He was accompanied by Renaud Muselier, President of the South Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, Pierre-Marie Ganozzi, Deputy Mayor in charge of the School Plan and School Buildings, Béatrice Bonfillon-Chiavassa, Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Councilor, Bernard Beignier, Rector of the Aix-Marseille Academy, Christophe Mirmand, Prefect of the Region and Bouches-du-Rhône, and Laure-Agnès Caradec, Chairwoman of Euroméditerranée. 

I believe that here we are providing a real answer for the people of Marseilles, for businesses and for the influence of our city and the region.

Renaud Muselier President of the Southern Region - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

For our teams, this event was an opportunity to review the design of this extraordinary project, conceived by Bouygues Bâtiment Sud-Est, in a consortium with architects Rudy Ricciotti and Carta & Associés, and design offices G2I, BG Ingénieurs conseils, STOA, AC2R, SUR&TIS, Inddigo, Gamba, R2M and Bouygues Energies & Services for maintenance.

Strengthening the South Region's international education offer

The Cité Scolaire Internationale de Marseille aims to become a breeding ground for growth for the Southern Region and its major economic players. To achieve this, this large-scale project will meet a triple objective:

- To accompany the city of Marseille in its transformation
- To prepare children for globalization
- Ensure the economic development of the region

With a surface area of 27,000 m2, the future site will eventually accommodate 2,100 students from elementary to high school. These students will benefit from education in 5 languages and a fulfilling environment including:

- An elementary school, a middle school and a high school
- A 2200 m2 sports center open to the public
- A catering center
- A 200-seat boarding school and 14 housing units
- A 400-seat cultural center open to the public
- Innovative digital services, including a connected library

A Mediterranean setting

The building will also be distinguished by its magnificent Mediterranean architecture, which plays with light and shadow. It will have a protective, mineral and light envelope made of fiber-reinforced concrete, a high-tech material produced locally. Its interior façade will be made of a material based on linen fiber, reminiscent of a fine lace mantilla. Finally, several courtyard-gardens and planted terraces will provide a haven of peace for future students.

Sobriety at the heart of the project's design 

Aiming for HQE Excellent certification, the Cité Scolaire Internationale was designed as a resilient and sober building. In particular, it will offer summer comfort without air conditioning to its users thanks to the implementation of systems that promote energy sobriety (sunbreakers, building inertia, air blowers). The materials used for its construction and the energy networks will also limit the building's carbon impact, thanks to

- The use of low-carbon concrete
- The installation of exterior joinery made of 75% recycled aluminum
- The supply of heat via a thermal spa network
- Extensive use of bio-sourced materials:
         > Interior and exterior wood wool insulation
         >The use of flax fibre on the resin panels

A large-scale construction site

On the construction site, our teams are fully committed to bringing this exceptional project to life. The work, which began in April 2022, is progressing at a good pace, with nearly 140 employees currently mobilized in the structural phase. One of the technical challenges to be met during this phase of the work will be the construction of the pre-stressed beams of the gymnasium. The school will open its doors at the beginning of the 2024 school year.

Enjoy the work!

> Duration of the project: 22.5 months of structural work with students starting in September 2024
> SHO : 43 000 m2
> Estimated peak workforce: 250 employees, including 110 BBSE employees
> Concrete: 20,000 m3
> Steel: 2,000 tons of steel
> Integration: 35,000 hours are planned, i.e. 10 full-time equivalents over the duration of the project, with a target of 5 permanent jobs at the end of the project.
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