Yesterday, start construction on the new building for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was marked with a ceremonial go ahead. Groundwork on the site at the Zuidas in Amsterdam began on May 1st, which was more quickly than the original building schedule prevised. The Central Government Real Estate Agency is in charge of the mission to provide the new premises for EMA and contracted the combination EMA, established by Dura Vermeer in collaboration with Heijmans, for the development of new building.
Fokkema & Partners Architecten, MVSA Architects and OKRA Landschapsarchitecten are a part of the team to realise this Design & Build. A maintenance phase of twenty years is included in the contract.
Deputy Secretary General Gea van Craaikamp from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Amsterdam alderman Eric van der Burg, joined Guido Rasi, Executive Director of EMA in ceremonially placing a time capsule in the drilling hole for a foundation pile as a marking of the construction. This time capsule contains the wishes for the construction and for the new premises.
In November 2019 the EMA building is scheduled to be completed. As a temporary premises from April next year, the Spark building in Amsterdam Sloterdijk will accommodate the employees of EMA. The relocation of EMA from London to Amsterdam is a consequence of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.