SPIE innovates for Crédit Agricole’s head office in Toulouse

Published on 23 January 2020

Installation of a fully pre-wired terminal distribution system for a greater flexibility in interior design


Toulouse, January 23rd, 2020 – The Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire, a French subsidiary of the SPIE group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, has announced the completion of the electrical work at the head office of Crédit Agricole Toulouse 31, which has been fully renovated to meet smart building standards.

Working for the GA Smart Building Group[1] (the principal), the Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire has just finished all work on the high-current and low-current installations at Crédit Agricole’s new head office in Toulouse. The challenge for the banking group is to make the new building, which will eventually house around 500 employees in 10,000 m2 of office space, a showcase for its activities in Toulouse.

Proven technical innovations

A 15-strong team from the Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire was put together to roll out particularly innovative technologies. “In order to meet the constraints associated with building in the city centre, we opted for a terminal distribution system that was entirely pre-wired and manufactured in the factory, which gives Crédit Agricole great flexibility in the layout of its workstations. This solution allowed us to reduce the equipment roll-out phase at the site, as part of plans that had previously been drawn up using BIM (Building Information Modelling),” says Stéphane Vu, project manager in the Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire. To give occupants the highest levels of comport possible, a Lutron autonomous lighting system also makes it possible to regulate and control the intensity of the light according to the outside luminosity and the presence of people in each office.

As a showcase for the banking group, a lot of attention was paid to the building’s facade. In total, 2.2 km of LEDs were thus installed as dynamic lighting, providing light shows programmed specifically for Crédit Agricole. “The regional head office, which was built in 1972, has been completely revamped and transformed into a smart building that is truly one of a kind throughout the whole of Toulouse,” explains Stéphane Vu. “GA Smart Building placed its trust in our technical expertise and our ability to meet this challenge within the set deadlines.”

“The Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire perfectly understood the challenges posed by our new head office: transversality, flexibility and comfort for the occupants,” adds Bernard Pradeilles, project manager at Crédit Agricole Toulouse 31. “The flexibility shown by its teams now has made it possible for all of our employees to move into premises that are perfectly adapted to their needs.”

[1] As a property developer and builder, GA Smart Building offers its clients smart, design and connected solutions lying at the cutting edge of innovation, in order to deliver modern smart buildings that are efficient and economical, adapted to their users and respectful of their environment.