NEOMA unveils its new Reims campus
Published on 11 May 2022 by NEOMA
NEOMA presents the architectural project for its new campus in Reims, scheduled to open for the start of the 2025 academic year. With around 109 million euros of investment, this campus of the future aims to accommodate 4700 students on a site with a surface area of 35,000 m². It will offer an even more extensive range of training provision, post-bac programmes and continuous training activities.
A new stage in NEOMA’s development
“NEOMA has seen incredible progression over the last several years with major developments, one of the main ones being the opening of a state-of-the-art campus in Paris, along with many teaching and digital innovations,” explains Michel-Edouard Leclerc, President of NEOMA. “This new project for the Reims campus is the latest stage of the development dynamic to which NEOMA is committed,” adds Delphine Manceau, Dean of the School.
A new campus designed to serve tomorrow’s learning needs
Constructing this new Reims campus represents a unique opportunity for the School to continue to advance its digital and innovation approach. “As in the case of our new Paris campus, this new building project allows us to combine at one and the same time the pedagogic, digital and architectural transformation which the education sector is currently experiencing,” analyses Delphine Manceau. “The objective is to ensure our students enjoy study conditions in line with the highest world standards.”
Over forty internationally renowned architects’ practices, all with a portfolio of major projects in higher education, competed to design these new spaces. The contract was awarded to the Danish company HENNING LARSEN, chosen for a project combining innovation, respect for the environment and above all a focus on student life.
“This project offers several advantages, especially a strong visual identity which will make the campus clearly recognisable,” explains Delphine Manceau. “It combines very strong identifying elements, for example the large hall which places the student at the heart of the building. We also favoured the use of wood and glass to promote a friendly atmosphere and flood the area with light. Several easy-to-access green spaces are planned for both the inside and outside of the campus.”
This new campus will offer an even more extensive range of training provision: post-bac programmes, the Master in Management, Masters of Science, the PhD, and continuous training activities.
In line with the School’s strong commitments in terms of sustainable development, the future Reims site aims to be an environmental benchmark, with internationally recognised certifications such as LEED, WELL and E+C. The project also places the health and well-being of students and staff at the centre of its design.
A 109 million euros investment budget
NEOMA will be the owner of this new campus and will invest an estimated 109 million euros in this building operation. “The project will principally be financed by our own funds and by loans. It will have the benefit of subsidies from the local authorities,” states Delphine Manceau. The city council of Greater Reims and the Grand Est Region have already agreed to contribute 10 million euros each.
A site area of 18,000 m²
A total surface area of 35,000 m²
The ability to accommodate 4,700 students (+ 25% in eventual staffing)
85 classrooms / 2 x 120-seat amphitheatres
An events space with a 750-seat auditorium accessible from outside
109 million euros of investment
Building permit: before 31 July 2022
Works start: April 2023
Opening: September 2025