The EPO took a major step forward in the tender procedure for the design and construction of its new “Main Building” in Rijswijk (The Hague) when its jury met recently to select the three bids which will enter the second stage of this procedure. The jury is composed of the EPO President, four of its vice-presidents, the Chairman of the Administrative Council, the Chairman of the Local Staff Committee, the acting Mayor of Rijswijk and two architects as external experts.
The following consortia were shortlisted and will now be asked to elaborate on their proposals:
- BAM Utiliteitsbouw (NL) and Ballast Nedam B&O (NL) with the architect Henning Larsen Architects (DK);
- Group TBI (NL) with the architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel (FR) and Dam & Partners Architecten (NL);
- Cordeel Nederland (NL) and Aannemingsmaatschappij CFE (BE) with the architects Group A (NL) and Art & Built (BE).
Workshops will be organised to help the three shortlisted consortia to refine their bids. The closing date for submission of the final bids is 4 December.
The jury will meet again at the end of January 2013 to select the winning design for recommendation to the Administrative Council.