The EPO plans to construct a new building next to its existing premises at the Plaspoelpolder in Rijswijk, the Netherlands. Covering approximately 80 000 m2, the new building will offer a modern and flexible working environment for around 1 750 staff.
A decision on the future of the EPO building in The Hague had become necessary due to natural ageing of the 40-year-old building, exacerbated by recent harsh winters. The old tower will be demolished once the new building has been completed, to facilitate removals for the staff concerned.
Consortium is selected
In June 2013, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation approved the choice of a consortium of four companies belonging to the Group TBI (one of the largest construction, mechanical and electrical services companies in the Netherlands) in co-operation with two leading architectural firms, namely Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris) and Dam & Partners Architecten (Amsterdam), to design and construct the building.
Preparations are now underway to finalise the contract and develop a more detailed final design before construction work can begin on the site, in 2014.
Following an open, international pre-qualification phase, the invitation to tender for the design and construction of the EPO's new office building in Rijswijk was officially launched on 23 April 2012.
In the first stage of the international tender procedure proper, ten consortia were invited to submit a bid. Beginning in July 2012 valid bids were received from eight of the ten. The international jury for the tender procedure met on 31 July 2012 to select the best three bids for consideration in the second, non-anonymous stage of the tender. The three shortlisted consortia were asked to elaborate on their proposals including a preliminary design.
The jury met again in January 2013 to assess the bids in the second stage and recommend one bid for the award. The EPO President followed the recommendation, and submitted the proposal of award first to the Budget and Finance Committee of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, which approved the proposal and allowed it to be put to the Council. The Council then took its decision recommending the consortium of Group TBI with the architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Dam & Partners Architecten for the award of the contract.
Photos of EPO buildings
A new building for the EPO in The Hague (Press release of 27.06.2013)
Jury decision another milestone on road to new EPO building in Rijswijk (Press release of 10.8.2012)