Transformation of an industrial site into a benchmark office park
A new milestone in the partnership between Covivio and Orange
An illustration of Covivio’s service offering
Covivio acquired the Parc de la Pompignane in Montpellier, a 27-hectare industrial site ideally located in the city’s north-east and housing around a dozen buildings, between 2004 and 2007. Since then, Covivio has gradually transformed the park, previously occupied mainly by IBM, with a view to offering a new prime destination for large multinationals and local start-ups alike.
A cutting-edge tertiary environment at the core of Montpellier’s economic fabric
Thanks to its strategic location, its exceptional landscaped gardens, its top security and its dynamic tertiary sector fabric, the site has been chosen by front-ranking companies attracted by the location and Covivio’s approach which for nearly ten years has been developing the park by carrying out turnkey operations: in 2014, the Group delivered a 6,000 m² building to Egis and a 91-room B&B** hotel; in 2016, Schlumberger moved into a 3,200 m² turnkey development; today, Covivio is taking a further step with the delivery of the new Orange Campus, as well as a service building named La Bastide. Alongside these large groups, Majoria Pompignane also aims to attract SMEs and start-ups such as Fortiche and Subvitamine, which moved in recently.
The park also offers a future development pipeline of around 100,000 m².
La Bastide, 6,500 m² dedicated to services and occupant well-being
One of the hallmarks of this project is the transformation of a traditional “bastide” building into a pooled services centre. The 6,500 m² space with its Mediterranean architecture by Brénac & Gonzalez & Associés has been renovated with the aim of preserving the building exterior and original architecture designed by Marc Held.
La Bastide provides park occupants with a full range of services falling into three categories: catering, business centre, fitness & well-being. Users will be able to take advantage of two restaurants, a cafeteria, personal services, event services, an auditorium, a cluster of modular meeting rooms, as well as a fitness and well-being area with a gym, group classes and concierge services. Occupants will also be able to enjoy the expansive green spaces (270,000 m²) and the view of the gardens, which include an open-air theatre for corporate and cultural events.
The Orange Campus, the park’s latest turnkey development
Orange, a Covivio partner since 2002, has chosen the Majoria Pompignane park for its campus in Montpellier. Covivio has designed and developed a 16,500 m² building on four levels, built around three green patios. The project was designed by Brénac & Gonzalez & Associés, in association with Vivien Gimenez Architecture, and will house 1,250 Orange employees currently split between five sites. The operator’s staff, who also contributed to the design, will benefit from high-quality workspaces conducive to sharing and conviviality.
In keeping with the two partners’ CSR ambitions, the building is in the process of obtaining HQE Excellent, R2S and Effinergie+ certification.
The development illustrates Covivio’s ability to support its customers in the implementation of their real estate strategy, whatever their needs. For the record, Covivio owns 30 Orange assets in France, representing 190,000 m² spread between Paris and the major regional cities. Covivio has designed bespoke support to meet the specific needs expressed by Orange for each of these locations. The result can be turnkey developments, changes in the form of occupancy, repositioning involving the creation of service offerings or the installation of Wellio spots, Covivio’s flexible space offering, inside these buildings.
“The new campus firmly anchors Orange in the local ecosystem. We want to offer our 1,250 employees the best employee experience by providing them with a user-friendly digital work environment that fosters cooperation and collective agility, in the service of our customers.” Thierry Alignan, Regional Manager for Eastern Occitanie, Orange.
“The Parc de la Pompignane has been steadily transformed over the last few years. Covivio has drawn on the full range of its expertise – development, property management, customer relationships and greening – to make it a true benchmark tertiary destination in Montpellier. These two developments demonstrate our know-how, firstly in terms of redevelopment and service offerings, and secondly in terms of long-term support for customers like Orange, for whom we are proud to be delivering this new campus today.” Marielle Seegmuller, Operations Director, Covivio.
A project carried out with Tourny Meyer Méditerranée, acting as advisor to Covivio, and the Lebunetel + Associés group – Architects Urbanists Park coordinator, Group representative, BABYLONE Agency – Landscapers, ECL Studio – Light Design and TECTA – BET Engineering for urban project management.
Majoria key figures:
- An exceptional 27-hectare landscaped garden with a Mediterranean feel, awarded the EcoJardin label
- A strategic location at the core of Montpellier’s main tertiary cluster
- Current users: Orange (16,500 m²), IBM (12,700 m²), Egis (6,000 m²), Schlumberger (3,200 m²), Fortiche (704 m²) and Subvitamine (394 m²)
- The new Orange Campus: 16,500 m² (useful surfaces) on 4 levels
- La Bastide, a 6,500 m² building offering a full range of services in 3 categories: Catering/Business Centre/Fitness & Well-being
- A 91-room B&B** hotel
- Architects: Brénac & Gonzalez & Associés for La Bastide, associated with Vivien Gimenez Architecture for the Orange Campus
- Potential development pipeline: 100,000 m²