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It's is now official that the oil company Total has chosen to install its new HQ in this tower.


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article in french

Au terme d’un dialogue de six mois mené sur trois projets, le groupe Total a sélectionné le projet The Link pour accueillir en 2022, sur 120 000 m2, son nouveau siège social dans le quartier Michelet, à La Défense. Un protocole a été signé entre Total et Groupama Immobilier, propriétaire et développeur de ce projet, en vue de conclure un bail en état futur d’achèvement, acte définitif et engageant prévu pour la fin de l’année.

Ce déménagement doit permettre permettre à Total de rassembler sur un lieu unique les collaborateurs des sièges des branches Total Global Services et holding, basées à Paris La Défense, soit quelque 6 500 personnes. Car les tours Coupole et Michelet, à La Défense, qui abritent aujourd'hui les équipes de Total, "ont vieilli" et "auront de plus en plus de mal à s'adapter aux normes HQE", a estimé le groupe.

JLL a été retenu par Total pour l’accompagner et le conseiller tout au long de ce projet, tant dans la mise en oeuvre de la stratégie immobilière que dans les analyses et les négociations contractuelles techniques, économiques et financières, ainsi que dans le suivi de la construction du nouvel immeuble en tant qu’assistant à maître d’ouvrage. L’équipe projet est également constituée du cabinet Gide en qualité de conseil juridique de Total sur cette opération.

« Le projet est remarquable par sa taille, The Link développant 120 000 m², mais surtout par son ambition et son approche innovante, avance JLL, retenu par Total pour l’accompagner et le conseiller dans le montage et le développement de l’opération. Ce projet est une opportunité de créer un environnement de travail qui combine bien-être, convivialité et efficacité au service des ambitions stratégiques de Total. »

Conçu par Philippe Chiambaretta, l’architecte qui a conçu le #Cloud.Paris et le Stream Building aux Batignolles, The Link culminera à 244 m de haut, détrônant ainsi la tour First et ses 231 m au classement des gratte-ciel les plus hauts de France.
https://www.businessimmo.com/contents/86791/la-defense-total-choisit-the-link-pour-son-nouveau-siege-social
 

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The Link Tower Near Paris Approved by Authorities
Paris, France – 16 April 2018
The prefect of the Ile-de-France region has just approved the construction of "The Link," the future high-rise headquarters of oil giant Total in La Défense, scheduled for completion in 2022. The tower’s approval ends a controversial disagreement between elected officials on the urban development of the business district.

In January 2017, this ambitious 52-story, 244-meter project was blocked by the prefect of Île-de-France, Michel Cadot. The senior official had pointed out that the building, designed by the architect Philippe Chiambaretta’s firm PCA-STREAM, would quadruple the office space on the site. This started a discussion between elected officials on maintaining a balance between offices and housing in La Défense, and on the importance of services and infrastructure to the area.

With the controversy now closed, the way has been paved for the filing of the building permit. In an interview with the newspaper Le Monde, Cadot said, "I never intended to blackmail the approval, but the discussion with the mayor of Puteaux on housing did not progress, any more than the redevelopment of the metro station. The idea was to ensure a balanced urban development around the business district, with the construction of additional housing in Puteaux, but also in Courbevoie and Nanterre.

“The state cannot allow [the building of] hundreds of thousands of square meters of offices without ensuring that the employees will be able to lodge in the vicinity, and that the transport infrastructure is adapted," he added.

With construction on The Link set to begin, it won’t be long before Tour First loses its status as the tallest building in France, at 213 meters. Meanwhile, the Hermitage Plaza, a rival to The Link for the title, is set to be completed in 2022, at a height of 320 meters.

For more on this story, go to Le Figaro.
http://www.ctbuh.org/GlobalNews/getArticle.php?id=5958#!
 

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This "The Link" tower would be the next best thing for the south of La Defense if the Tour Athena couldn't have its height increased when it was renovated a few years ago.

It will replace the easternmost portion of the existing Michelet lowrise complex. The middle part of that same complex is being renovated and renamed "Carre Michelet" (and will be physically separated from the rest of the complex). As for the west part of the Michelet complex, it'll be easier to demolish both the tower and the lowrise at the western end to make room for a new skyscraper, though I don't know if the tower should be kept or demolished at this point.

This is going to make me wish the entire Michelet complex were demolished, even the "Carre Michelet" building. How was it decided to keep that portion of the Michelet Complex?

As for the current Tour Total, I doubt it'll be demolished considering its height and floor area; Just give it out to some other tenants if Total S.A. does leave.
 
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