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  • European Investment Bank grants EUR 80m loan for refurbishment of 16 lower secondary schools – collèges – in the department.
  • A significant climate component, with an expected reduction in energy consumption of up to 53% and in CO2 emissions of up to 62%.

Bertrand Bellanger, President of the Seine-Maritime department, today signed with Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), a loan contract of EUR 80m for the reconstruction, extension and refurbishment of 16 lower secondary schools.

The Seine-Maritime department has adopted a cautious approach to stabilise investment and has chosen to enter into this multiannual finance contract with the EIB under the “Ambition Collèges 2017-2024” Plan. This Plan was adopted by the department on 10 October 2016 and is updated regularly to take account of changing needs. This project consists of operations involving work, equipment and services for state collèges in the department, which will serve to maintain the high quality buildings required to meet the educational needs of the department's students.

From all the projects included in this plan, the EIB has selected 20 with a total eligible cost of EUR 163m. These are new constructions or substantial rehabilitation operations concerning school buildings, associated sports facilities, cooking and catering areas and two cross-cutting operations in support of state collèges over the period 2020-2024.

In concrete terms, the loan will concern 18 investment operations in 16 schools and two cross-cutting operations in the areas of energy efficiency and accessibility.  

These operations are intended, in particular, to:

  • Enhance the teaching and learning environment while at the same time streamlining the number of places available in accordance with changes in demand.
  • Modernise facilities that have become obsolete, including sports facilities. 
  • Facilitate access for people with reduced mobility.
  • Adapt the infrastructure of collèges to new teaching methods by introducing areas for group activities and modern digital and scientific equipment.
  • Improve ancillary services, including catering facilities.
  • Increase the energy efficiency of the buildings.

Among these objectives, the EIB places particular emphasis on projects designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce the department's average carbon footprint.

In accordance with the EU Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD), all new public buildings must be ‘nearly zero-energy’ as from 2020. Ultimately, the energy consumption of these buildings could fall by up to 53% each year while CO2 emissions will be reduced by up to 62%.

As the EU's climate bank, we are delighted to be able to support education and regional cohesion in Seine-Maritime while at the same time combating climate change, which is one of the EU's main priorities”, explained EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle.

Since 2016, the department has been seeking to diversify its sources of finance. Although the department does not have any difficulty financing its investments at present, we must remain cautious and foster new relationships with other lenders”, said President of the Seine-Maritime department Bertrand Bellanger.

The operations concerned are as follows:

Municipalities

Schools

Description of work

Oissel

Collège Charcot

Reconstruction of entire school

Doudeville

Collège André Raimbourg

Construction of catering facilities

Restructuring of vacated area

Yerville

Collège Henri de Navarre

Reconstruction of entire school

Goderville

Collège André Gide

Reconstruction or restructuring of entire school

Le Havre

Collège Romain Rolland

Reconstruction of entire school

Luneray

Collège Maeterlink

Reconstruction of entire school

Sotteville-les-Rouen

Collège Jean Zay

Reconstruction of staff accommodation

Gonfreville l’Orcher

Collège Gustave Courbet

Reconstruction or restructuring of entire school

Saint-Nicolas d’Aliermont

Collège Claude Monet

Reconstruction of catering facilities

Saint-Nicolas d’Aliermont

Collège Claude Monet

Construction of gymnasium

Boos

Collège Abaquesne

Reconstruction/extension of catering facilities

La Feuillie

Collège la Hétraie

Construction of catering facilities

Restructuring of vacated area

Mesnil-Esnard

Collège Hector Malot

Construction of catering facilities

Restructuring of vacated area

Sainte-Adresse

Collège La Hève

Restructuring of catering facilities

Extension of classrooms

Sotteville-les-Rouen

Collège Jean Zay

Reconstruction of a “Pailleron”-type prefab building

Clères

Collège Jean Delacour

Restructuring/extension of catering facilities

Bacqueville-en-Caux

Collège Guy de Maupassant

Construction of catering facilities

Restructuring of vacated area

Le Havre

Le Havre cuisine centrale

Construction of central kitchen