Frédéric Privat interview

Who is Frederic Privat – what projects have you worked on before joining P & Co. ?

I have a background as a construction engineer and have gained valuable experience in various sectors during 25 years.

Initially, I worked for a renowned construction company called GTM-VINCI, where I focused on service buildings such as EHPADs, schools, and wastewater treatment plants.

Following that, I transitioned to an architect agency named Brunerie et Irissou. In this role, I took the lead on major construction sites, including factories for notable companies like Airbus and Pierre Fabre Laboratories, as well as various shopping centers affiliated with the "Leclerc" brand.

Continuing my career progression, I then joined the ELANCIA Group where I had the opportunity to contribute to the construction of the prestigious "Polygone Riviera" near Nice. Additionally, I took on a leadership role in the renovation of the Polygone de Montpellier. These experiences have accustomed me to working on significant projects that involve complex technical and architectural challenges.

Overall, my professional background has equipped me with the necessary skills and expertise to excel in managing large-scale projects. I thrive in environments where I can apply my knowledge to overcome obstacles and deliver exceptional results while maintaining a strong focus on technical precision and architectural excellence.

Port Marseillan is your first collaboration with Propriétés & Co, could you describe what attracted you to this project and what the “Privat Touch” will bring to it ?

It has been 2 years since I joined the Propriétés & Co team as the Director of Construction, a group that has delivered since 2003 magnificent real estate projects described on our website. With a three-generation experience in construction works, Miguel Espada's family is also involved in the renovation of major historical buildings such as abbeys, convents, and castles in the South of France.

What makes the Port Marseillan project truly captivating is the combination of its breathtaking location amidst the remarkable natural surroundings of the "Bassin de Thau" and its innovative approach to tourism, which is relatively uncommon in France. As a construction engineer, my belief is that my involvement in the project should be subtle and not overtly visible. The aim is to honor and preserve the architect's vision, fulfill the investor's expectations, and ensure that the technical solutions employed maintain a reasonable building cost, while facilitating easy, reliable, and efficient maintenance and operation.

The "Privat Touch" that I bring to the project lies in my commitment to meticulous planning, thorough analysis, and the implementation of sound engineering principles. By leveraging my expertise and experience, I strive to contribute to the project's success by finding practical and sustainable solutions that align with the project's overall vision. My focus is on seamlessly integrating the technical aspects with the architectural design, ensuring a harmonious balance between functionality and aesthetics.

Ultimately, the goal is to create a remarkable destination that not only captivates visitors with its natural beauty but also offers a seamless and enjoyable experience for guests. By embracing the project's unique concept and upholding the highest standards of construction and engineering, we aim to deliver a result that exceeds expectations while preserving the integrity of the architect's vision and meeting the demands of the investors.

Port Marseillan is a branded residence. What is your involvement with the brand linked to the project ?

The concept of a Branded Residence is relatively new to me as it is one of the first projects in France in the luxury segment. Nevertheless Propriétés & Co has a strong track record in this industry, delivering luxury and well-built estates, hotels or residences. I am truly excited about the opportunity to work with Marriott International, which is simply the world's leading hotel group with nearly 8,500 hotels and 31 brands and also in the field of Branded Residences.

Our primary goal is to honor the brand's requirements while seamlessly integrating them into the distinctive atmosphere and spirit we aim to cultivate at Port Marseillan. Our own concept is equally compelling and captivating, centered around elements such as vineyards, a Wine Academy, and an ambiance that reflects the enchanting French seaside lifestyle.

By combining the strengths and attributes of both the brand and our the project’s vision, we aspire to create a truly exceptional and unparalleled destination. The collaboration between these two entities will result in the development of a place that is truly unique, where the brand's essence harmoniously blends with the captivating allure of Marseillan.

Throughout this process, our commitment lies in striking the perfect balance between respecting the brand's identity and infusing the project with the distinct character that will make it a standout destination. We understand the importance of creating an atmosphere that is both authentic to the brand and evocative of the enchanting coastal lifestyle, ensuring that guests and residents feel a deep sense of connection and appreciation for the place they call home.

I am thrilled to be part of this collaboration, and I am confident that together, we will create an extraordinary and unforgettable experience for all who visit and reside in our remarkable Port Marseillan project.

This project is having a lot of local support (State, local Town Council) so all eyes are on it. Could you let us know more about the sustainability of the project ?

The project adheres to the established French regulations regarding sustainability, which are meticulously monitored and controlled. From its inception, the project was designed with these standards in mind, ensuring compliance throughout its development.

One of the significant challenges I anticipate is addressing the pressing ecological issue of water scarcity, particularly relevant in the southern regions of Europe. To tackle this challenge, we have implemented various strategies and considerations, with a particular focus on water conservation and management.

For instance, the project places a strong emphasis on incorporating extensive green areas, encompassing ambitious landscaping and gardens. These green spaces will be thoughtfully designed using a selection of plants that are naturally adapted to the dry Mediterranean climate. By carefully choosing drought-tolerant plant species, we aim to minimize watering needs and reduce water consumption.

Furthermore, the project accounts for strict regulations governing the management of rainwater. The authorities closely monitor the flow and quality of rainwater that can be discharged into the fragile and ecologically rich "Bassin de Thau." To ensure the protection of this sensitive ecosystem, the project incorporates substantial, yet discreet, infrastructure to effectively control the flow and quality of rainwater before it reaches the "Bassin de Thau."

By integrating these measures and adopting a comprehensive approach to sustainable water management, we aim to mitigate the environmental impact of the project while preserving the delicate balance of the local ecosystem. Our commitment to responsible water usage aligns with the project's broader sustainability goals and contributes to the overall ecological integrity of the development.

Works are due to resume anytime soon. A date in mind ? Estimated completion date ?

We have scheduled some minor construction activities to take place in the villas area during the summer months. These works will serve as a precursor to the larger-scale villa construction, which is set to commence in the fall. While we are making progress in these areas, the main project requires additional preparation before we can resume work. Our goal is to resume the main construction phase before the end of this year.

Considering the scale and complexity of the project, we anticipate that the overall construction timeline will extend until the end of 2025. This timeline allows us to ensure that every aspect of the project is meticulously executed, meeting the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. We are committed to delivering a truly exceptional development that exceeds expectations.

As we move forward, we will keep you updated on the progress and milestones achieved. Should you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to reach out. We greatly appreciate your support and understanding throughout this exciting endeavor.

Which elements of the development are you most proud of?

As a construction engineer, my role in the project is not about seeking visible recognition or personal glory. Instead, my focus lies in ensuring the seamless and efficient execution of the project, while meeting the expectations of both the architect and the investors. While the conception phase may not yield a grand accomplishment to boast about, it is in the meticulous attention to detail throughout the entire process—from the initial planning stages to the final delivery—that I find true fulfillment.

My satisfaction stems from the knowledge that I have played a vital role in creating an exceptional experience for the people who will ultimately enjoy their holidays in Marseillan. It is when guests and residents have no awareness of the intricate technical solutions that have been incorporated to make their stay as flawless as possible that I feel a sense of pride. The ultimate measure of success for me is the seamless integration of engineering solutions into the project, resulting in an environment that surpasses their expectations without drawing attention to the technical complexities behind the scenes.

While the visible elements of the project may capture the attention and admiration of onlookers, it is the invisible harmony of technical expertise and meticulous execution that truly enhances the overall experience. The satisfaction lies in knowing that every aspect has been thoughtfully considered, allowing the guests to immerse themselves in the beauty and tranquility of Marseillan without any disruptions or inconveniences.

At the end of the journey, I will take great pride in knowing that my contribution, though not explicitly visible, has played a significant role in creating an exceptional and unforgettable experience for all who visit and reside in the project.

If you were choosing a villa or apartment for yourself, which one would you reserve?

I have a deep appreciation for the penthouses located under the roofs of the buildings with large terraces. Choosing among them is indeed a challenging task, as each one offers unique and breathtaking views. Every apartment holds the potential to become an exceptional living space, enriched by its own distinct vantage point.

From these elevated positions, residents will have the privilege of witnessing the beauty that surrounds them from various perspectives. Whether it be panoramic vistas of the mesmerizing coastline, charming streets dotted with historic architecture, or picturesque landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see, each view promises to be extraordinary in its own right.

I am captivated by the thought of the unforgettable moments that future residents will experience in these remarkable abodes. Each apartment holds the promise of becoming a sanctuary, a place where one can retreat and immerse themselves in the enchanting ambiance of Marseillan.

While it may be difficult to choose a specific apartment due to the abundance of remarkable options, rest assured that regardless of the decision, residents will find themselves in a truly exceptional and cherished space.