BUREF health centre

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Developer: Paris La Défense
. Architect: Hélène Fricout Cassignol Architects
. Project owner : Paris La Défense
. Surface area: 1000 sq.m.
. Programming : health services
Delivery : 2022-2023
Location : Esplanade Nord - Corolles-Reflets district

At the beginning of 2021, Paris La Défense began the restructuring and extension of the former "Buref" centre, which will eventually become a medical centre, bringing together a medical centre, an imaging centre and a pharmacy.

At the junction of the Place des Reflets and the Reflets district, between an entrepont (a sub-slab service area for deliveries) and the pedestrian level, Paris La Défense began work at the beginning of 2021 to create a medical centre in an unoccupied volume on several levels, which will be at the service of the inhabitants and users of the area. The public spaces around this operation will also be redeveloped.

A health centre in the Reflets district

Designed by the Parisian firm Hélène Fricout-Cassignol Architectes, commissioned by Paris La Défense, the centre will be approximately 1,000 sq.m. with a health centre linked to the Foch hospital in Suresnes, an imaging centre and a pharmacy. This future health centre will be located in the former "Buref" shopping centre, which was built in the 1970s and has been unoccupied for several years. In line with its strategy of developing the volumes under the slab, Paris La Défense has therefore launched a rehabilitation project to revive this place and offer services open to all. Thus, from 2022, several health services will gradually open to the public. The MRI unit will open in 2023.

As regards the development of public spaces, it is planned to link the two levels from the patio with the creation of a lift and a staircase allowing vertical distribution between the 'entrepont' level and the slab level. Above the former Buref shopping centre, a glass roof provided natural lighting for the entrance hall. It will be removed to make way for a green terrace of approximately 180 sq.m..

A two-stage project; restructuring of the volumes and then interior fittings.

Paris La Défense is involved in the rehabilitation of the volume. Among the first works, the cleaning, which consisted of removing the non-supporting elements in the building, and the removal of asbestos from the premises. The demolition work undertaken between January and March 2021 includes all the interior and exterior demolitions to restructure the volumes and create the surface area needed to plant the exterior terrace.

From March to July, the finishing work, such as the joinery, will be undertaken, followed by the exterior landscaping.

The empty shells will be delivered in the summer of 2021. The work inside the commercial shells will be carried out by the tenants themselves for a gradual opening by 2022.

The Reflets district, an example of diversity within the business district

Localisation Buref - 2020 © HFricout-architectes

This project is in line with the Public Establishment's strategy of rehabilitating unoccupied spaces (such as Oxygen or Table Square, or the Volumes project), but it is also in line with its strategy of setting up diversified everyday services in the Reflets district, dedicated in particular to the residents. On the Esplanade Nord, many projects to liven up the area are coming to fruition: for example, the Aurore project's Pavilion will offer a brasserie open to all, and the completely renovated Place de l'Iris will also host two restaurant chains.

A word about the architectural firm, which specialises in the conversion of existing volumes

The Hélène Fricout-cassignol architects' office has carried out a wide variety of projects: from schools to research centres, from industry to residences and hospitals, in contexts and sites of varying complexity.

Their speciality: a taste for innovative architecture from the near past to rehabilitate and transform them in order to connect the city of tomorrow to the city of yesterday.

By intervening in the existing urban environment, the firm's objective is to upgrade living environments in line with lifestyles. Culture, geography and history are then called upon. It is a question of drawing the contours of volumes capable of accommodating new practices, of resizing existing spaces, of giving them a new scale, of designing forms corresponding to new ways of living in urban space, of using certain materials rather than others, of choosing a structure that can allow for future developments.

Did you know?
Built in 1972, the former BUREF shopping centre has been completely unoccupied since its last user left more than 20 years ago.