New NATO Headquarters

  • Last updated: 05 Jan. 2017 14:25

The new NATO Headquarters will be a new home for our vibrant, modern, forward-looking and united Alliance. This is an important element of NATO's transformation for the 21st century. The new building will better support NATO’s work.

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The construction of the new NATO Headquarters started in October 2010 and is planned to be completed in early 2017. NATO will move to its new Headquarters in 2017.

Why a new building?

  • Allies decided in 1999 that NATO needed a purpose-built headquarters to replace the temporary one, occupied since 1967. The current building is overcrowded and requires constant and costly maintenance to prolong its lifespan.
  • Since 1967, the number of NATO Allies has almost doubled, from 15 to 28. A large number of Partners nations opened their diplomatic representations at NATO. As a result, almost one-fifth (17%) of the office space is now located in temporary structures.
  • An international design competition was held in 2004, and the construction started in October 2010.

New Headquarters built with the future in mind 

  • The new building will be able to accommodate NATO's changing requirements into the future as the design and the standard fit-out allow for a configurable use of the building.
  • The new building will enable all Allies to have the space they require and there is also space for expansion should the need arise.

NATO will have a sustainable and environmentally friendly Headquarters

  • The new building requires reduced heating, cooling and ventilating power thanks to thermal insulation, thermal inertia and effective solar protection of glazing.
  •  Energy consumption is diminished thanks to geothermal and solar energy use, co-generation of electricity and heating, and advanced lighting systems.
  • The new building enables NATO to reduce its headquarters' environmental impact thanks to recycled demolition materials, green roofs, integration into Brussels' broader urban planning, effective water management and also reduced travel needs by staff by using video teleconferences.

The costs of the new NATO HQ are transparent and the project has been under the close supervision of the NATO member states. Total construction costs are around 750 million EUR and the total cost of the new building is around 1.1 billion EUR. The project is funded by member nations.

Overview of costs and awarded contracts:

• Demolition - De Meuter/Interbuild/CEI/DeMeyer 10 M€
• Architecture, Design, Quality Management - SOM-ASSAR, ACG, SOCOTEC, SNC- LAVALIN 115 M€
• Construction - BAM Alliance 458 M€
• Electronic Security - Siemens / Putman 17 M€
• Audio Visual Installations – Televic 26 M€
• Active Network - Lockheed Martin (now Leidos) 62 M€
• Other contracts, including additional IT, and furniture approx. 60 M€

Additional costs cover: NATO Governance and Transition, Annual Revision, Contingencies, construction security and claim settlements