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La Marseillaise tower… a project that sets the standard for the new waterfront of Marseille


A new feature of the Marseille city skyline and its waterfront, La Marseillaise – funded by property developer Constructa and designed by architect Jean Nouvel – marks the second phase of the major project to regenerate the Quais d’Arenc. At 135 metres height, La Marseillaise offers 35,000 m² of office space on 31 floors. It also boasts a shared company restaurant, a 26-place crèche and five ground floor retail units.

With completion of the La Marseillaise tower, VINCI Construction France – working through its local subsidiaries GTM Sud and Travaux du Midi – confirms its expertise in tower construction and major projects that deliver cutting-edge technical performance in dense urban surroundings. This technical feat has been achieved within what is a very restricted site environment. Constructed at the edge of the sea on exceptionally rocky land, exposed to sea winds and bounded by a rail line and an urban motorway, La Marseillaise is both a technical and innovative achievement.  

An exemplary project site both environmentally and socially

The project site fully respected the ten criteria set by the VINCI Construction France ‘Attitude Environnement’ eco-commitment label for responsible construction. This means that special attention was paid to the processing of waste, as well as water and electricity usage. For example, the teams were uncompromising in their monitoring of selective waste sorting; a commitment that allowed them to reclaim and recycle 96% of waste, rather than the required rate of 80%. In terms of energy performance, the project complies fully with the 2012 thermal insulation regulations updated by 10%, and by targeting NF HQE® Level Excellent and LEED® Gold certification, this tower achieves the highest standards applicable today. The construction work also set an ambitious target for work experience recruitment, with more than 52,600 hours worked under this scheme, and a total of 42 people recruited, rather than the 8,700 hours and 29 recruitments initially planned. At the peak of the project, work on site involved more than 600 skilled tradesmen and women.