Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is moving from its original base in Reims' Boulevard Vasnier, which it has occupied since 1870, to a new HQ and production facilities at the Allée du Vignoble, on the edge of the city.

The move, involving the transfer of around 200 administrative and production staff, is due to take place mid-March and will allow the company to group its activities at a single site compared to the current five.

"We have invested EUR7.5m (US$11.3m) in the new location and have sold our former site for double this amount," Piper-Heidsieck's president, Anne-Charlotte Armory, told just-drinks today (27 February).

French construction giant Bouygues has acquired the Boulevard Vasnier premises including its cellars, which attract 60,000 visitors annually. The group is planning to build a luxury residential complex on the site.

The move will see Piper-Heidsieck's vat capacity rising by 25,000 hectolitres to 130,000 hectolitres, while remuage (shaking) facilities will also be enlarged with the number of gyropalettes rising to 160. The new location will also incorporate a storage area.

Founded in 1785 and part of the Remy Cointreau group, Piper-Heidsieck sold 10m bottles last year, with increases in sales of 8% and 50% respectively for the Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck brands, generating a turnover of EUR170m.