The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, has decided to place under the authority of classification under the title of historical monuments the old sugar factory of Eppeville (Somme), threatened with complete demolition by its owner, the company Saint Louis Sucre, subsidiary of the German company Südzucker.

This industrial site, the closure of which is announced, was established in Eppeville in 1922 for the Compagnie nouvelle des sucreries réunis, on the plans of the architect Georges Lisch. Designed to create the largest sugar factory in France, it was one of the most ambitious projects of industrial reconstruction in Picardy after the destruction of the First World War. The site, including the large manufacturing hall, with a monumental Arts Deco-style facade, combining the use of metal, brick and ceramic, is a testimony of industrial architecture of exceptional interest.

This classification decision, which confers all the effects of classification for a period of one year, concerns the buildings of the historic core of the plant, namely the production hall, the boiler room, the distillery and a small house located at the front of the production hall. It will allow a reflection between the owner, the local authorities concerned and the State services on the buildings that deserve to be definitively protected with regard to the conversion projects that are envisaged on the site.