On Monday, February 15, 2016, the first building of the OVH campus was inaugurated in Roubaix. This inauguration is a symbol of a new step in the development of this leading company in digital services. The event was attended by Emmanuel Macron, minister of Economy, Industry, and Digital Affairs; Xavier Bertrand, president of the Nord Pas de Calais-Picardie region, and Damien Castelain, president of the Metropolitan area of Lille.
It is an impressive building site! Henri Klaba, president and co-founder of the OVH group, a leader in Internet hosting, commended the successful collaboration between the Region, the Etablissement Public Foncier (land banking agency), and the services of the Metropolitan Area of Lille “that allowed the project to be completed very quickly.” He also reminded his audience of how this building “was a ruin six months ago.”
The Socochim wasteland, formerly used for storing and reconditioning chemical products, had to first be depolluted and decontaminated. The public land banking agency, which have acquired the property through an agreement with Metropolitan Lille, took charge of its depollution and renovation.
The extension of this new campus will increase the OVH’s training center capacity, and will allow the creation of a FrenchTech business accelerator along with research laboratories. A good decision, according to Damien Castelain.
The president of the Metropolitan area of Lille congratulated OVH on its exemplary success and commended the admirable teamwork conducted by all stakeholders. “I want to thank the minister for putting this company, a flagship and precursor of our territory’s digital momentum, under the spotlight,” stated Damien Castelain, president of the Metropolitan area of Lille.
The Metropolitan area of Lille thus confirms its ambition to be “a facilitator and a true catalyst of energy.”
What comes next? “We must secure real estate assets for the next campus extension.” And coming soon, “improvements on the Trichon Site; with the aim of solving the issues of pollution and flooding.” The sanitation project on the Roubaix Canal and along the Sartel Riverbank, is already underway -- and will cost 6Million Euros ($6.8Million).
“We are doing all in our power to ensure that this digital flagship stays in our city,” insists Damien Castelain. And at the heart of all of this -- hundreds of jobs to be created by 2020.
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Original article, originally published in French here.
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