The renovation of the Parc Zoologique de Paris was a complex project, from both a technical and legal point of view. As the Museum could not mobilise the necessary financial resources, the most effective solution for a successful renovation was to set up a public-private partnership (PPP).
Following the process launched in December 2007, the offer from the Chrysalis business group was selected. This PPP, signed between Chrysalis and the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, is the first in France to involve a wildlife establishment. On the basis of the programme established by the Museum, the private partner Chrysalis took care of the architectural and landscaping design misions, the pre-financing, the execution of the work and its maintenance and care over a 25-year period. The Museum remained in charge of running the establishment and the animal, veterinary, scientific and educational missions corresponding to all the site operations.
The Chrysalis group
In order to offer a renovation project in line with the programme laid out by the Museum, CHRYSALIS called on a project management group consisting of:
- the Jacqueline Osty and Associates Studio, (AJOA), an urban landscape firm, for the park’s landscape design
- Bernard Tschumi Urban Architects, (BTuA), with Véronique Descharrières, for the architectural design of the new buildings
- Synthèse Architecture with Bernard Hemery for the project management of the technical buildings and the renovated buildings
- El Hassani and Keller for the set-up of the vivariums and the park’s educational and functional signage
- Setec Bâtiment for the fluid BSE packages apart from water treatment ponds
- Bouygues Bâtiment Île-de-France for the other BSE packages
The financing of the project relied on the equity capital provided by CHRYSALIS shareholders and also involved the Caisse des Dépôts, Crédit Foncier de France and the Caisse d’Epargne Île-de-France.