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Neurocampus: 15 000 m² dedicated to neuroscience research

Neurocampus: 15 000 m² dedicated to neuroscience research

With Neurocampus, Bordeaux develops one of the most important research centers dedicated to the brain in Europe. A project of 60 million euros, of which 45 are assigned to the construction of a building of 15,000 square meters located on the site Carreire of the University of Bordeaux.

Alain Rousset, President of Aquitaine Regional Council, and Mathieu Hazouard, Regional Adviser in charge of Research, presented the project Neurocampus this Friday, November 25 at the Hotel de Region in the presence of Bettina Ballus from the Parisian Vialet-Ballus Architecture agency, Manuel Tunon de Lara, President of the University Bordeaux Segalen and Pier-Vincenzo Piazza, Director of Research at INSERM and coordinator of this project.

Also present were the happy future tenants, Daniel Choquet and Erwan Bézard respectively directors of the IINS (Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience) and IMN (Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases) and Jean-Marc Orgogozo, director of the federal structure of Bordeaux Neuroscampus Research.

- Start of construction planned for Spring 2013.

As its name suggests, Neurocampus aims to create a campus of 15,000 m² set in the immediate vicinity of the current NeuroCentre Magendie and CHU Pellegrin. Dedicated to research on the nervous system and its diseases, this project consists of two components: support attraction of new teams and the construction of two institutes, the IMN and the IINS.

The real estate operation that is the construction of the IMN and IINS is mainly supported by the Region Aquitaine. Studies project management should be completed early 2013. The work will be able to start in spring of that year and be completed late 2014. The building will be physically connected to NeuroCentre Magendie and CGFB (Centre for Functional Genomics Bordeaux). The three entities together and form a set of advanced research laboratories spanning wide neuroscience research fields form synaptic research to neurodegenerative diseases.

Building a coherent and unifying workspace

The shape of the new building was imposed by space limits, leading to a functional, efficient and scalable organization. Voluntarily compact, the building is glass and very open on the ground floor, and more closed in the above floors (4) in order to preserve maximum discretion. Two bridges connect the three entities of the building forming an overall coherent and recognizable ensemble. The choice of a metal skin on the gether fits visually the new construction with the Genomics Platform dressed in a mesh with the Institute Magendie to metal walkways.

Inside, the lobby gives birth to an atrium covered by a large skylight that runs through the entire building. This space is a real hub for meetings and exchanges, essential for all researchers. A true landmark in the Neurocampus, this atrium is a place of light that also illuminates laboratories located in the center of the building. Other laboratories and offices are lit naturally by bands of glass.
On the ground floor, the space hosts start up companies that want to invest in the translation of the most promising research. It is the showcase of Neurocampus.
The three upper levels are occupied by three broad sets of research.
In the first and second floor are the IINS and part of the BIC (Bordeaux Imaging Center) connected via a gateway to CGFB. Two more bridges connect the building to Neurocentre Magendie.

The third stage is that of the IMN, located close to the experimental spaces that are located on the 4th floor. This space is closed in front to be protected from any external influence. This floor is designed to offer optimal conditions for research.

Designed as a scientific and technical center, the building also offers all the amenities necessary for the well being of some 300 researchers who will work there.

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