VINCI Construction subsidiary Dumez Côte d’Azur and architectural firm Wilmotte & Associés have been commissioned by the French Ministry of the Interior and the city of Nice to construct a new police station in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France. The facility, spanning over 50,000 m2, will house 2,000 national and local police personnel and also bring together the national police’s Information and Command Centre and the city of Nice’s Urban Hypervision and Command Centre.
The contract worth €178 million, includes design, building, operating and maintaining the new police station. It includes the restoration of the core section of the existing buildings and upgrades to meet level 4 of the European earthquake resistance standards, construction of new buildings foundations, all interior trades work and maintenance of the new site for four years.
The construction of the new police station began in January 2023 and is expected to be completed by December 2025. Dumez Côte d’Azur will lead the project, and will be responsible for asbestos removal with the help of Travaux du Midi, a VINCI Construction subsidiary, roadwork and utility network construction will be done by Triverio Construction, another VINCI Construction subsidiary and electricity work will be carried out by VINCI Energies subsidiary Jean Graniou. The Operation and maintenance of the site will be handled by Dumez Côte d’Azur.
The project will provide employment opportunities for up to 500 people and aims to involve small- and medium-sized local companies as much as possible. Additionally, 10% of the hours worked will be performed by individuals participating in social integration programs.
All of the concrete used will be a low-carbon Exegy standard formulation made by a local manufacturer, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared to conventional concrete. A significant part of the flooring as well as the wood for the framework, roofing and carpentry for the historic façades will be biosourced. What’s more, under the operations part of the contract, 300 m2 of photovoltaic panels will be installed on the roof of the new section of the police station, while 20% of the heat from the data centres will be recovered for heating and domestic hot water.