French ‘Pentagon’ PPP moves forward

Consortia led by Bouygues, Eiffage and VINCI have submitted initial offers for the construction of France’s ‘Pentagon’ – a €600m building in Paris which aims to concentrate all of the nation’s top military officials. A second round of bidding is scheduled for July 1 2010.

France’s “big three” construction companies – Bouygues, Eiffage and VINCI – have submitted initial offers for the construction of a military headquarters intended to concentrate all of the nation’s top military officials.

'Big three' in race
for French Pentagon

The public-private partnership project, nicknamed the French Pentagon, will be built in Ballard, in Paris’ 15th arrondissement, or administrative district. It will be able to house about 10,000 senior military officials and ministry of defence employees.

The ministry of defence will now initiate a competitive dialogue process with the three bidders with revised bidding documentation to be issued to the three teams by May 15 this year. A second round of bids will then commence with offers to be submitted on July 1. The concession contract is to be signed by 2011.

A separate architectural competition was held by the three bidders in advance of submitting initial offers. Each of the three teams was required to engage architectural bureaus to devise plans for the future military headquarters before selecting which proposals to retain for their initial offers.

The Bouygues-led team ended up retaining the services of the Agence Nicolas Michelin and Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Eiffage selected Foster and Partners while Vinci went with Dominique Perrault.