The House of Handball: the game begins

The House of Handball: the game begins

Published on 29.11.2016

On November 7, 2016 the stone laying ceremony marked the beginning of work on the House of Handball at a symbolic site in Créteil. The future building will be a sport and office complex that will house all staff working in French handball. Construction is now underway and BG is part of the team.

BG is overall project manager for multi-technical engineering, and is providing its specialist skills in particular in BIM (Building Information Modelling); the company received public recognition for its role at the stone laying ceremony.

The compact and well-designed House of Handball will be located at the centre of the Dominique-Duvauchelle Sports Complex (the closest metro station is Créteil-Pointe-du-Lac) in the département of Val-de-Marne, southeast of Paris. It will house the offices of the French Handball Federation – it has 540,000 licensed players – and the Ile-de-France handball league; the complex will also contain sporting facilities, training and health centres and public areas.

In addition, the House of Handball will be home to a Congress and Seminar centre with an auditorium that can seat 300, an executive boardroom with capacity for 50, several meeting rooms, a bar and two restaurants, shops, a museum area and 71 bedrooms.

The sport/health centre will include a competition area (seating for 500) a training ground and a competition court, changing rooms, workout areas, spa treatments, physiotherapy as well as a medical office and doctors’ rooms.

The building will have a usable area of 11,000 m2, and will meet exacting environmental standards. Thrifty in its use of energy, it will be connected to Créteil's district heating grid (54 per cent renewable energy). Built with locally produced materials, it will have green roofs and a novel rainwater harvesting system (based on the “zero discharge” principle).

The stone laying ceremony was attended by Joël Delplanque, President of the French Handball Association and chair of its Executive Board, Thierry Braillard, secretary of state at the Ministry of Towns, Youth and Sport, Christian Favier, Senator and President of the Département of Val-de-Marne and Laurent Cathala, deputy Mayor of Créteil and chair of the regional organisation Grand Paris Sud Est Avenir. Everyone involved in the project gathered to support the French Handball Federation's ambitious project, its scope matching the sport's global popularity. Completion is scheduled for September 2018.

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