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Pernod Ricard University opens its first campus

6,500m² of eco-friendly space in the heart of the Vallée de Chevreuse: Pernod Ricard University opens its first campus at the Domaine de La Voisine, the Group’s historical château.

ernod Ricard is first and foremost the 18,500 men and women who make the Group a success on a daily basis in more than 87 countries. In order to provide its employees with a training tool that measures up to the Group’s ambitions, Pernod Ricard University – the entity responsible for the talent development initiative – is proud to announce the opening of its first campus in the Domaine de La Voisine, located in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (78), near Paris.

After two years of work carried out collectively by Cyril Durand-Behar Architectes, GSE (property developer), and Egis (deputy contractor), the Domaine de La Voisine will host from 4 September 2017 a large proportion of the 15,000 hours of training offered each year by Pernod Ricard University. Located across 170 hectares acquired in 1954 by Pernod Ricard’s founder Paul Ricard, the Domaine de La Voisine has been completely redesigned to combine tradition and contemporary spirit within an abundance of nature. Designed around “moments” – work, relaxation and convivialité – the campus includes a reception area equipped with sports facilities, a learning centre with a 350-seat auditorium and 500m² of various meeting rooms, 60 bedrooms and the historical château, which has been totally renovated, where drinks, dinners and receptions will now be hosted. In compliance with the charter of the Regional Nature Reserve of the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse, the Domaine de La Voisine is committed to both HQE Aménagements (High Environmental Quality Developments) and “Very Good” BREEAM certification, led by GSE.

Alexandre Ricard, Chairman & CEO of Pernod Ricard, stated, “I am delighted to see the transformation of the Domaine de La Voisine into a campus equipped with all the latest training technologies: collaborating, discussing and meeting will be its watchwords. This way, we will be able to nurture our talents within a single setting dedicated not only to excellence but also to convivialité – because we primarily learn from others. It is also for this reason that we wanted to make this exceptional venue accessible to non-Group guests”.

The Pernod Ricard University campus will also be available to external customers thanks to a partnership with Chateauform’. The expertise of Chateauform’ will help make the Domaine de La Voisine a location from which the values that the Group holds dear – convivialité, ethics and the entrepreneurial spirit – will be promoted.

Daniel Abittan, Chairman of Chateauform’, said, “The opening of a new Maison des Séminaires as part of Châteauform’s portfolio is always a wonderful adventure full of promise both for our participants and clients. With the Domaine de La Voisine, we are all the more delighted as it involves a partnership with the iconic group Pernod Ricard. This is a Group with whom we share common values: Pernod Ricard’s signature is “Créateurs de Convivialité” while Châteauform’s raison d’être is to enhance “added value” with “added warmth”. I would like to thank Pernod Ricard for enabling us to supplement our offer with this historic venue which has now become a fantastic, innovative and forward-looking project.”

This project was developed through collaboration with preferred partners who respected the original features of the Domaine de La Voisine. For Cyril Durand-Behar, this collaboration represented a relationship based on trust and conviviality, “There was from the beginning a meeting of minds with Pernod Ricard University as well as positive energy to build this iconic place for the Group. The whole site was thought as a space with areas corresponding to the different parts of a day of training, all built in concrete, wood, stone and metal. That repetition that was meant to emphasized the originality and coherence of the project, which allowed us to express all of areas of expertise, from architecture to interior design.”

Thierry Chambellan, deputy CEO of GSE’s engineering business, « every detail was conceived with great care, to make sure every square meter is unique. It is an atypical “creation”, warm with a very intimate atmosphere, a bit like “Haute Couture” while using simple and humble materials”.