- Opération Rehabilitation
- Maitrise d'ouvrage George V - SNC MRS Joliette
- Maitrise d'oeuvre Eric Castaldi
- Surface 80000 m²
- Livraison 2002
- Owner Jp Morgan Asset Management / Constructa Asset Management
- Manager PACA Region South, French ministry of culture
- Start of works 1992
- Businesses 250
- Employees 3000
The docks building was built between 1856 and 1866, based on the drawings by Paulin Talabot, assisted by Gustave Desplaces. It was used to store port goods. The building measures 365 m long, 37 m wide and 30 m high. Dock industrial activity ceased in 1988. Restoration of the building into offices began on 5 May 1992, under the influence of Georges V, and today it is Nexity. With 250 companies set up there, the docks are fully occupied today.
The docks and warehouses marked the great revival of Marseilles in the 19th Century. One hundred and fifty years later, they are again at the heart of Marseilles: symbolic, indestructible, unmissable.
This rehabilitation is emblematic for Euroméditerranée in a number of ways. Other than the pre-existing architectural wealth and the quality of the latter, it is above all the first operation launched on this site, and which has helped lend credibility to the potential of these initially highly degraded districts or industrial wasteland.
Majority owned by JP Morgan Asset Management since 2007, the docks saw a new development as part of a 50-million Euro investment project, led by Constructa Urban Systems, designed by the 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo architects agency.
The objective of this development was to open the docks, designed at the launch of Euroméditerranée, to give them back to the people of Marseilles. Retail space covers 17,000 m2, thus allotting a considerable portion of the quantity of commercial floor space in the building.
On 30 September 2014, Cofely (GDF Suez group) signed an agreement for the creation of a marine energy conversion plant on the Arenc mole with promoters (Constructa), investors (Foncière des Régions) and Euroméditerranée. The docks building is thus be connected to this new unit of around 1,000 m² which supplies both cold and heat. This 100% natural solution provides for significant energy savings.