The EIB awards main contract for the construction of its new building
31 May 2022
The EIB has awarded the contract for its new building to the Joint Venture formed by Rizzani de Eccher (Italy), Rizzani de Eccher (Luxembourg) and Ballast Nedam International Projects (Netherlands). It follows an international open tender for the general construction of a third building within the existing EIB Campus on the Kirchberg plateau in Luxembourg.
The EIB proceeds with this large-scale project dedicated to extend its headquarters to a third building and ultimately rehouse its personnel onto a single campus.
The winning Joint Venture, made up of these two large European construction groups, presents a strong track record and solid experience in constructing buildings and facilities of similar and even greater size.
Rizzani de Eccher operates in the buildings and infrastructure sectors from its Italian Friuli-based headquarters (northeast of Italy). With a history of more than a century, Rizzani de Eccher has been an important player in the European Union construction market and worldwide. In the case of the EIB new building, it will operate also through its established Luxembourg subsidiary as its operational base.
Ballast Nedam is a Dutch construction group based in the Utrecht region and also active worldwide in a range of projects, focusing on safe and sustainable working and living environments.
The contract between the EIB and the Joint Venture was signed on 19 May 2022 and construction will run until 2025. The design and the project will continue to be overseen by IDOM, the Spanish architecture and engineering group based in Bilbao (Northern Spain).
The new EIB building will be set up in Luxembourg next to the EIB’s current headquarters in the Kirchberg area. It will add a further 1,500 workstations aiming to bring back employees onto a single campus currently located in decentralised offices. In a later phase, once the new building is completed, the EIB original building, the West Building, will undergo extensive renovation. The project will ensure a sustainable presence of the EIB in Luxembourg in a cost effective manner
The building will be functional, efficient and ecological, providing the EIB with the flexibility to adapt to future changes. The premises – a Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) - will be representative of the Bank’s core mission as the EU Climate Bank. The project design has already received the “Excellent” classification under BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method).
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