Property investment strategy

The University of Bordeaux has a property investment policy for the next 20 to 30 years aimed at accompanying its transformation, reinforcing the attractiveness of its campus sites, contributing to the improvement of living and working conditions, and lowering the carbon footprint of its buildings.

Photo : Building B18 courtyard on the Bordes campus © Arthur Pequin
Building B18 courtyard on the Bordes campus © Arthur Pequin
  • A strategy to accompany the university's transformation and development
  • A strategy focused on energy-efficient renovations to improve the working and studying conditions in its buildings
  • As the property owner, the university can steer its development and anticipate the changes needed in terms of construction and planning in order to fulfil its education and research missions.

A 20-year master plan

The multi-annual property strategy plan defines the strategic directions and operational objectives in the short, mid and long term (20 years). The challenge is to accompany the University of Bordeaux's development and transformation. The objectives of this ambitious property strategy are:

  • to provide new and recurrent resources
  • to ensure the availability of renovated facilities, adapted to and regularly upgraded for future missions and needs
  • to comply with the University of Bordeaux's overall strategic plans and the forecasted evolution of its activities in teaching, research and development of campus life.

The strategy's main areas of focus:

  • modernise and adapt buildings and property to needs with over 50 projects completed by 2025
  • make more efficient use of space by reducing the number of square metres by 4.4% by 2030. The university is focusing its initiative on interior structural design for more flexibility by allocating available resources better and creating modular spaces. The second initiative is to encourage new ways of working, teaching and carrying out research.
  • implement the energy transition action plan to change behaviours, optimise use of facilities, control investment costs and lower the carbon footprint
  • develop property holdings with 29 hectares and nearly 450,000 sqm of constructability, made possible because the University of Bordeaux owns its property as a result of the devolution of assets.

Improving energy and environmental performance at the University of Bordeaux

Water/Energy Sobriety

The University is involved in rational water management and greenhouse gas reduction as part of its building transformation project. The objective of the Water/Energy Sobriety plan is based on 3 challenges:

  • Taking the human factor into account

Improvement of the internal organisation of establishments
Monitoring and follow-up of water/energy consumption
Raising user awareness

  • Effective control of consumption

Improvement of buildings and their technical equipment/systems
Operation/maintenance performance
Use of local renewable energy resources (EnR)

  • A forward-looking vision

Long-term running of the approach
Preparation of an overall sustainable development approach

France Recovery plan: 51.3 million euros for energy renovation

Within the framework of the France Recovery Plan (France Relance > in French) launched by the government, the University of Bordeaux has been allocated a total amount of 51.3 million euros in funding for the energy renovation of approximately forty projects across all the different university sites to improve working and studying conditions.

In concrete terms, the funding will support:

  • energy renovation of buildings
  • optimisation and modernisation of technical equipment/systems
  • development of renewable energy on campus sites

The objectives:

  • significant decrease in energy consumption
  • improved comfort for the university community working and studying in the buildings involved

A few examples of works planned: renovation and installation of air conditioning, ventilation and heating systems; renewal of interior and exterior lighting equipment; insulation of building envelopes and joinery; accessibility for persons with reduced mobility (PRM); fire safety.

Logo - Plan France Relance
  • 39



  • 11


    across the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region

  • 51.3

    million euros

The projects financed by France Relance are a real qualitative leap in energy efficiency © Gautier Dufau
The projects financed by France Relance are a real qualitative leap in energy efficiency © Gautier Dufau

This 3-year plan is accelerating the University of Bordeaux's environmental and energy transition strategy.

Bordeaux 'Opération Campus'

In 2008, the University of Bordeaux received approximately 600 million euros in funding (450 million euros for investment and 150 million euros for maintenance/renewal major upkeep), as part of Opération Campus. The Bordeaux project was among the top 6 selected in 2008, by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
Bordeaux Opération Campus has taken the form of a property development project and the development of outdoor areas on the campus grounds.

Learn more (in French)

The objectives of this large-scale project:

  • rethink the living, working and public areas
  • bring together the scientific and teaching communities to optimise dialogue
  • improve the comfort of students, staff and lecturer-researchers
  • reduce the ecological footprint of the property assets, and encourage active/soft mobility. 

Property assets in a few figures

  • 187


    of land

  • 293


  • 116


    largest university grounds in Europe

  • 37


    located all across the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region

Just a stone's throw from the Bordeaux city centre, the Bastide campus benefits from an ideal setting with many modern facilities © Arthur Pequin
Just a stone's throw from the Bordeaux city centre, the Bastide campus benefits from an ideal setting with many modern facilities © Arthur Pequin