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Brussels, 02 September 2004
The BERLAYMONT building has a total surface area of 241,515 m², on an area of 29.336 m² (3 hectares). It is divided up as follows:
The Berlaymont building is designed in the form of a cross and has a specific technical and organisational character. Examples are the large size of the conference rooms, reception areas, corridors, the existence of large patios, etc. These areas can therefore not be compared with similar areas in other buildings. The style deliberately adopted is one of functional simplicity.
3. Composition of the "Press"area
The press area is mainly made up of a new building adjacent to the
Tower (on the rue Stevin side). It is composed of:
Offices are organised according to modules which are 1.2 m wide. A standard office is two modules wide at the front. According to the architecture of the building and according to the location of an office (in a wing or in the centre), the depth varies from 6 m to 6.60 m (measured distance from the corridor partition to the window).
It should be noted that the area of an office in the curved parts (centre) are slightly bigger (11 %) than the surface of an office in the wings. The area of a standard individual office is therefore:
The offices of the 13th floor corridor parts have an area of 13.51 m².
5. Capacity of accomodation
The capacity of accommodation of the Berlaymont is 2020 people maximum when the Commission moves in. In addition, without having a specific office in the Tower, a significant number of people will also work within the building.
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6. Terms of purchase
The Commission’s share of the renovation cost is set at € 503.3 million, including € 35.6 million for additional works requested by the Commission to ensure that the building will be suitable for an enlarged EU. As agreed in 1997, the Commission will acquire the Berlaymont building structure for the fixed sum of € 49.6 million, and the land for the symbolic sum of €1. This translates into a Net Present Value of the Berlaymont building and plot of € 552 879 207
Starting in 2005, the Commission will pay fixed annual instalments over a period of 27 years with a 2% annual step-up as is commonly provided for in real estate contracts of this type. The first annual instalment will amount to € 31 891 235, subject to all the works being delivered on time. This translates into a Net Present Value of the Berlaymont building and plot of € 552 879 207, financed by the Belgian State at an interest rate of 5.37%. The fact that the Belgian State is raising the long-term financing is an important operational guarantee.
7. Delivery deadlines
8. Financial details and legal agreements
On 1 January 2004 the Commission stopped paying the pre-renovation Berlaymont rent. So the hand-over date of 31 December 2003 was subject to a late-delivery penalty by which the old rent payment did not give way to the new instalment payment as long as the delay lasts.
If either of the delivery dates agreed for the additional works was not met the basic instalment was reduced by € 221 000 per month of delay until the date of the actual delivery. That reduced the instalment of that part of the building actually handed over to the Commission on 31 December 2003.
9. Legal guarantees
Berlaymont 2000 provides all necessary commitments to the Commission on the completion of the works, the agreed deadlines and technical specifications and the approval procedures. In turn, these commitments by Berlaymont 2000 are irrevocably and unconditionally guaranteed by the Belgian State.
1967: Commission moves into the Berlaymont as a tenant in the building belonging to the Belgian state.
1991: Discovery of the presence of asbestos and other hazards in the construction of the building forces the Commission to move out of the Berlaymont and its re-location into a series of buildings in Brussels. The Belgian authorities pay for this replacement accommodation (€ 34 million /year) and the Commission continues to pay rent for the Berlaymont (€ 14.62 million in 2002)
1995: Removal of asbestos begins under the responsibility of the Begian state.
1997: Belgian government, the Commission and Berlaymont 2000 SA (who manage the project on behalf of the Belgian state) sign a Memorandum of Understanding on 8 July
1998: Tendering for the renovation work begins. A consortium (EuropConstruct) between Bouyges (France) and Strabag (Germany) wins the overall contract for the site. A series of sub-contracts is launched
1999 June: the removal of asbestos is certified completed
2002: 23 October Commission, Belgian government and S.A. Berlaymont 2000 sign a convention for the acquisition of the Berlaymont.
2004: July/August : Commission signs agreement under which it takes possession of the main tower of the Berlaymont including the 13th floor. Process of verification on-going.