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View facing the public square positioned in front of the courthouse Visualisation of people inside the viewing promenade inside the court room

Caen Courthouse, France

We are acting as the project manager and employer’s representative agent on behalf of the Agency for the Real Estate portfolio of the French Ministry of Justice (APIJ) for the quadratic-shaped Caen Courthouse development. The PPP project is the first project to be implemented under a master plan which will revive the peninsula of Caen.

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Four-storey courthouse in Caen, Normandy
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Four-storey courthouse in Caen, Normandy Mott MacDonald is acting as the project manager and employer’s representative agent for Caen courthouse, which will incorporate six court rooms surrounding a central atrium plus an indoor viewing promenade for visitors.
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View of the public square from inside the viewing promenade
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Leading edge solutions The façades’ transparency and public square aim to symbolise civilians’ expectations of the courthouse's establishment.
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Key facts

  • The four-storey courthouse will incorporate six court rooms surrounding a central atrium and indoor viewing promenade for visitors, offices as well as a secured area for convicts.
  • Energy efficiency, security and user comfort are fundamental aspects of the PPP development.
  • The building's simple quadratic shape with a vertical façade is a modern interpretation of the archetype of a traditional courthouse and agrees with the demanding duties of the court. The façades’ transparency and the public square aim to symbolise civilians’ expectations of its establishment.

Challenges

The unique nature of this PPP development has meant that it was crucial for the contracting authority to seek independent advice in order to make well-informed design and investment decisions. With the juxtaposition between the courthouse’s public spaces and protected areas, security and flow management have been particular areas of concern since the project’s conception.

Solution

Mott MacDonald is providing the contracting authority with fully independent advice on all technical and contractual matters – helping ensure that the most appropriate course of action is taken by the right party at the right time. We’ve also developed quality control monitoring tools to check that all process and components are adequately accounted for – enabling the operational phase to be prepared in the best way possible for future users.

Mott MacDonald’s global knowledge and extensive track record of PPPs has been invaluable in driving this project forward to time and budget.

Value and benefits

Our team has identified organisational issues at the programme level as well as technical concerns on individual components which has saved time and cost.

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