GRAND CENTRAL Marseille (France) - 2023

General presentation

Contexte & enjeux

Located at 19 rue Henri Barbusse in the first arrondissement of Marseille, the former Post Office building was constructed in 1938 by the architect Auguste Marie Joseph Bluysen, whose work includes the Grand Rex in Paris, to serve as an annex to the central Colbert Post Office, which had become too cramped.

Arkadea, the result of a merger between Icade and La Poste Immobilier, wanted to redevelop this unique building, which is listed as a Historic Monument, by creating a 5-storey office complex, a coworking and restaurant space on the ground floor, and a rooftop on the 6th floor.

La Provence newspaper will be moving from its historic headquarters in Marseille’s 15th arrondissement to its new headquarters here.

Grand Central has been awarded HQE® Bâtiment Durable certification at the Very Good level + BREEAM RFO certification at the Very Good level, and is WiredScore Gold level certified.


Technical descriptive


Restoration of the former Hotel de la Poste into a public building including the renovation of offices on 5 levels, a coworking and restaurant space on the ground floor, auditorium, meeting rooms and technical premises in the basement, rooftop on the sixth floor




Command 2020. Completed in 2023.


9 577 m²


11 M€ before Tax

Environmental performance

HQE® certification
Sustainable Building Very Good level
BREEAM RFO certification, Very Good level
WiredScore Label, Gold Level