[PDF] press conference – 25/04/2013

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It was by no means an easy task to refurbish, enhance and conserve all the remarkable par ts of this building while aiming for the future 5-star InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu. As stated by Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille and Senator for Bouches du Rhône: « It was unthinkable that a building such as the Hôtel Dieu, registered with the additional Historical Monuments inventory since October 14th 1963 and boasting over 10 centuries of existence, a par t of the very history of our city, could be left derelict or handed over to offered to proper ty developers ». The consor tium includes an investor : the AXA Real Estate group, a developer, the Altarea Cogedim, and a hotel industry group: InterContinental Hotels Group, operating under the trade name of Intercontinental Hotels & Resor ts. The architectural design was entrusted to the Anthony Béchu Agency, and to Tangram Architects, while the interior design was assigned to the group composed of the Nuel Agency, Tangram Architects and Volume ABC. It should be noted that the InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu is the second hotel reconstruction project to receive the “NF Service Industry Buildings – HQE® Procedure” cer tification.

MARSEILLE: WHERE PAST AND PRESENT MEET Marseille was not a random choice here. This unique city that has always aroused keen interest with its ability to combine two distinct angles: its historical past and a bright future. Marseille is steeped in 2600 years of history which gives it a very strong sense of identity. Its monuments, climate, world-famous Calanques, typical traditional streets and areas and other internationally-renowned landmark attractions enchant visitors with their rare authenticity and diversity. But this is also a city turned towards the future. It is the European Capital of Culture for 2013, which implies an influx of international visitors and a host of cultural activities. The Euroméditerranée initiative has also helped place Marseille on a par with the greatest European capitals. The city is also increasingly acknowledged for hosting professional events and for its growing appeal as an international tourist destination.

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