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Press release
New HQ for SPIE Sud-Est Lyonnais operational department officially opened by Société de la Tour Eiffel and SPIE Sud-Est
Lyon, 27 September 2012 – Société de la Tour Eiffel and SPIE Sud-Est have inaugurated the new head offices of the SPIE Sud-Est Lyonnais operational department in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Vénissieux, Michèle Picard.

AIR, a 2,300 sq. m. building complying with strict French low-energy standards: the result of close collaboration between landlord and tenant With a total floor area of 2,300 sq. m., the low-energy “AIR” building complies with France's “BBC 2005 equivalent” standards (inspected by Bureau Veritas) and will accommodate about a hundred employees of SPIE Sud-Est's Lyonnais operational department which had outgrown its previous premises. The project, launched in 2009, was the subject of joint studies by the lessor Société de la Tour Eiffel and SPIE Sud-Est. Management of the building's energy consumption is optimised by enhanced heat insulation, a low proportion of glazed areas, enhanced sun shielding and an advanced technical installation harnessing the latest innovations in energy and home automation technology.
For this project, SPIE Sud-Est was entrusted with providing the electrical installations for its own future head office – an extremely rare event in the real estate sector. All lighting systems are controlled by presence detectors fitted in the ceiling lights which are automatically adjusted according to the ambient light. VoIP wiring was installed so that telephones and computers could be connected via the same cables and benefit from the associated technological benefits. The building is also equipped with a rainwater harvesting and storage management system. In addition, special care was taken to optimise comfort both for the eyes (by maximising the use of natural light) and for the nose (through efficient ventilation of the premises and the planting of pleasantly scented resinous species in the surrounding plant beds). SPIE Sud-Est's on-going development
SPIE Sud-Est's dynamic development in recent years has led to the recruitment of many new employees. Its former premises, which it occupied for about 20 years, no longer met the needs of its various departments (commercial sector, housing, telecommunications and radar) and administrative services (such as purchasing, sales, management control and human resources). “We needed to extend and modernise,” points out Luc Sauze, operational director of SPIE Sud-Est Lyonnais. “This was a matter of great importance as our head office accommodates more than 100 of our operational department's 450 employees.”
The new building will extend SPIE Sud-Est's office area from 1,600 to 2,300 sq. m. and provide room for future growth in line with the company's development plan. “With the official opening of this building, SPIE Sud-Est and Société de la Tour Eiffel have demonstrated the vitality of the entire business sector,”, says Michèle Picard, Mayor of Vénissieux. “This town has always endeavoured to provide them with the best possible conditions for development.” Luc Sauze continues: “We examined various projects in the vicinity of our existing offices. The solution offered by Société de la Tour Eiffel, which was already our landlord at Parc du Moulin à Vent, was the best suited to our needs. Their desire to expand and modernise the site happily coincided with our desire to move. We found that we were in complete agreement on this project, especially as they, like us, wanted to make it a real showcase in terms of architecture, environment and the technical expertise associated with our business lines in the commercial sector.” “For us,” says Nicolas de Saint Maurice, director of development operations at Tour Eiffel Asset Management, “the construction of the AIR building, in collaboration with SPIE Sud-Est, represents a new step forward in the modernisation of Parc Eiffel du Moulin à Vent following the installation of a new company restaurant and a creche last year. Built in the early 1980s, this 40,000 sq. m. business estate which accommodates about a hundred firms and 2,000 employees is ideally situated next to the ring road, near existing transport facilities and close to the centre of Lyon. There are also two new 2,000 sq. m. building projects, which should enable the estate to continue its expansion, to the benefit of all its occupants.” Press contacts

Pascal Omnès
Communications director
Tel.: +33 (0)1 34 22 58 21 

SPIE Sud-Est
Frédérique Hémery
Communications manager
Tel.: +33 (0)6 03 91 91 05

Agence Droit Devant
Philippe Hériard
Tel.: + 33(0)1 39 53 53 33