The office is based in Rijswijk near The Hague. Around 1,750 staff will relocate from a 40-year-old tower and other offices to a new 80,000m2 building, which is expected to open in late 2017.
The EPO transition programme will take place over two years and Turner & Townsend will play an integral role in its design, implementation and delivery in order to ensure a smooth transition and minimum downtime. Turner & Townsend will also be providing strategic advisory and operational support to the local facility management teams in the preparation of contracts for the transition to the new location.
The 80,000m2 building’s contemporary design includes a glass façade and has a strong focus on sustainability, applying criteria set by the Netherlands BREEAM-NL and the German BNB methods of environment assessment.
Edda Franz, principal director general administration for the European Patent Office, said: “We are making this major investment to provide a long-term solution for the accommodation needs of our staff in Rijswijk. It will mean much-improved working conditions for them.
“Turner & Townsend brings in a mixed and qualitative expertise as well as market knowledge to support a major transition and relocation of staff to a new sustainable building. This will enable us to continue our mission of supporting innovation in Europe. The new building will be a real landmark and a physical expression of our continued commitment to our host country, the Netherlands.”
The existing 40-year-old tower, which is no longer fit for purpose, will be demolished.