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Halle Boca : CAA contributing to renewal in Bordeaux
On Thursday 8 November, La Halle Boca was officially opened in Bordeaux.After over two years of work, this former abattoir, built in 1938, has been totally transformed into a new destination for the city where business meets local “art de vivre”. In this way, the project owner, Crédit Agricole Assurances, in partnership with the Aquitaine Regional Bank, has invested in the preservation and transformation of an important industrial heritage site.
La Halle Boca – new docks for a new life
This major project, combining restoration and construction, marks the latest phase in the regeneration of Bordeaux – one of France’s ’s most attractive cities.
Visitors to La Halle Boca will find a 7,000 m² commercial complex with a range of shops and a food court with 14 stalls, each serving different culinary delights. An extension of the historic building houses a 4-star Hilton Garden Inn, a day nursery and a business centre. By enhancing the city’s heritage and creating jobs, La Halle Boca, occupying an area of 23,500 m², has breathed new life into an entire district situated between the River Garonne and the Gare Saint-Jean train station.
CAA, a key player in regional investment
The La Halle Boca project situated on Quai de Paludate in Bordeaux was purchased in October 2016 by Crédit Agricole Assurances in partnership with Crédit Agricole d’Aquitaine. “We’re investing in mixed developments and neighbourhood renovation projects, which is the case here", explained Françoise Debrus, Head of Investments at CAA, at the inauguration on Thursday 8 November.
Inauguration of La Halle Boca, Thursday 8 November 2018
From left to right: Philippe Plaza (Eiffage Immobilier), Viriginie Calmels (EPA Bordeaux Euratlantique), Alain Juppé (Maire de Bordeaux), Jack Bouin (Directeur Général de Crédit Agricole Aquitaine) et Françoise Debrus (Directeur des investissements de Crédit Agricole Assurances).
“We’re proud to be a partner in La Halle Boca, a flagship real estate project in Bordeaux, which gives a new lease of life to this historic district situated on the Quai de Paludate. For Crédit Agricole, it’s also an opportunity to highlight our unique strategy of making long-term investments in prestigious urban development projects, with a combination of offices, a luxury hotel and shops. Investing in La Halle Boca in partnership with Crédit Agricole d’Aquitaine also reflects our commitment to funding and boosting regional development by supporting projects that redefine the urban landscape.”
Frédéric Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Crédit Agricole Assurances
“At Crédit Agricole d’Aquitaine, we’re perfectly aware that our mission is to create local synergies, support and boost economic development, and invest in the region. We are proud to participate in projects that have an impact on our region, and proud to have worked alongside Crédit Agricole Assurances on this outstanding La Halle Boca project at the heart of Bordeaux: a landmark operation in the Saint-Jean Belcier designated development zone managed by the Bordeaux-Euratlantique Public Development Corporation. At total of 430 jobs have been created, relocated or generated by the construction work and the operational phase which has just begun.”
Jack Bouin, Chief Executive Officer of Crédit Agricole d’Aquitaine