Launch of work on new production halls for Airbus (17)

Airbus Atlantic entrusted the group led by the Poitou-Charentes teams of Eiffage Construction with the design and construction of three production halls. Located in Rochefort (17), the buildings will meet specific characteristics aimed at meeting the high standards inherent to the assembly of aerostructures. This new site will increase the production rate and create 200 new jobs in the Rochefortais basin.

This contract having been won in April 2023, the project teams immediately set to work to finalize the design before the summer. The month of August was thus used to start archaeological excavations on the site.

Following the launch of earthworks on October 2, 2023, the assembly of the rigid inclusion machine took place from November 24 to 28, 2023. This machine will be operational for three months, working on creating the necessary inclusions for all the paving of the project.

At the same time, the pile machine was assembled from November 27 to December 1, 2023. Its role: to create 14 piles with a diameter of 52 cm, 135 piles with a diameter of 62 cm and 12 piles with a diameter of 72 cm, thus contributing to the solid foundation of the future structures.
Our teams took action from December 4, 2023 to carry out the careful cutting of the piles, marking a crucial phase in the progress of the site. From January 8, 2023, a new stage will begin with the construction of the peripheral sills, thus further consolidating the foundations of the project.

In total, three production halls will be built in Rochefort by Eiffage Construction for Airbus Atlantic and will mobilize 16 workers. Halls 1 and 2 will have paving on inclusions, a metal frame, acoustic cladding and a two-layer roof. Hall 3 will include paving on inclusions, a mixed concrete/wood frame, acoustic cladding and a two-layer roof. The social premises between Halls 2 and 3 will have a supported floor, concrete block elevations, composite wood cladding and two-layer waterproofing. The exterior layout provides for rainwater management, as well as the installation of sprinklers and RIA for fire safety.

The 3 halls are in full compliance with the requirements of the RT2012 thermal regulations, with a significant reduction of 20%, demonstrating a clear desire to go beyond basic energy standards for industrial buildings. For office spaces, rigorous compliance with the RE2020 environmental regulations, established on a basis set in 2025, is targeted.

Congratulations to our teams for winning this project and we wish them every success in completing this work, which is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2024.

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