the former Banque de France in Périgueux sold to become a luxury hotel-restaurant


The main hall of the Banque de France, with its glass roof.

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The building, built in 1878 and extended in 1925, looks great with its huge reception hall, its staff apartments upstairs and of course, the impressive vaults in the basements. The whole is surrounded by high walls and a private garden.

One of the old vaults.

One of the old vaults.

Archives Stéphane Klein/ “South West”

For several years now, no money has been made there and convoys of overprotected armored trucks no longer pass through it. Around 50 people used to work there. They are now only six and have moved to new premises. The Banque de France has been reorganizing for years, combining its services and selling this old heritage which, in Périgueux, represents an area of ​​around 3,000 square meters on three floors.

Significant investment

The building is protected by a large gate and high railings.

The building is protected by a large gate and high railings.

Michael Faure

Several investors, from all over, had made offers to the real estate sales department of the Banque de France in Paris. It is that of the three Périgord entrepreneurs who was selected, in agreement with the town hall of Périgueux, which is monitoring the project. “The final signing of the sale will take place in mid-May, confirms Fabrice Faure. But then we will take our time to study it well. The building will be complicated to redevelop. The undisclosed investment, both for purchase and transformation, is expected to be significant. To build up a clientele, you will need assets, for example by finding an emblematic chef for the restaurant.

At the Banque de France, sales of former branches are still closely monitored, as its name remains engraved on the facade most of the time. In Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, a luxury hotel has been created in an old building. In Douai, in the North, top-of-the-range accommodation has been fitted out and in Avignon, a cultural centre. For Périgueux, Mayor Delphine Labails has, for example, refused projects for senior residences, which are already too numerous in the city. “But we need, in the heart of the city, she says, such equipment, for a clientele of seminars, for example. It will be useful for the whole agglomeration. »

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