Leading major relocation project for European Patent Office

Katharina Meesters

Business Generation Consultant

We have been appointed to programme manage the relocation of approximately 1,750 staff to the European Patent Office’s new main building – one of the largest sustainable construction projects in the Netherlands.

  • Key programme management and advisory role to support the relocation of the European Patent Office (EPO) in Rijswijk near The Hague in the Netherlands won
  • Around 1,750 staff will relocate from neighbouring 40-year-old ‘Tower’ and other offices to the new 80,000m2 building
  • New ‘sustainable’ building – one of the largest construction projects of its kind in the Netherlands – expected to open in late 2017

The EPO transition programme will take place over two years and we will play an integral role in its design, implementation and delivery in order to ensure a smooth transition and minimum downtime.

We will support the Transition Programme Management Office with responsibility for governance, assurance, risk and budget management, and reporting. It will also provide senior and technical project management support, document management and facilities management procurement expertise.

We will also be providing strategic advisory and operational support to the local EPO facility management teams in the preparation of contracts for the transition to the new building and Rijswijk campus.

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.

The new building - expected to be completed in late 2017 - replaces the existing 40-year-old ‘Tower’ which is no longer fit for purpose and will be demolished.

We have built and maintain a strong relationship with the EPO, having successfully delivered a commission in Munich, Germany, where the intergovernmental organisation has its headquarters.

Annette Sibma, Director for Turner & Townsend in the Netherlands, said: “It is a major transition project and we’re delighted to have been chosen for our world-class programme management expertise, combined with our international and local experience.

“Securing long-term projects like this reflects our continuing success in the real estate sector in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands.”

Edda Franz, Principal Director General Administration for the European Patent Office, added: “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.”

Programme management