New NATO Headquarters

  • Last updated: 25 May. 2016 18:00

The new NATO Headquarters will be a secure, collaborative network-enabled capability supporting NATO business for you and for future generations.

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The construction of the new NATO Headquarters started in October 2010 and is planned to be completed in 2016. NATO will start to move immediately after completion. 

The design of the new headquarters provides flexibility to NATO.

  • The new building will be able to accommodate NATO's changing requirements into the future as the design and the standard fit-out allows for a configurable use of the building.
  • The design of the building, using standard components which provide additional flexibility for the future.
  • 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 environmental friendly new headquarters, with low environmental impact and optimized energy consumption.

  • The new building provides for reduced heating, cooling and ventilating power thanks to thermal insulation, thermal inertia and effective solar protection of glazing.
  • The new building provides for optimized energy consumption 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 reduced travel needs by staff using video teleconferences.

The new headquarters is built for purpose that incorporates appropriate security measures compatible with the political and military nature of NATO.

  • The new headquarters will be secure and maximize the automation of security processes but will minimize the inconvenience to the users.

The costs of the new NATO HQ are transparent and minimized and several cost saving measures were taken.

The following contracts have been awarded and costs are known or foreseen:

• Demolition (De Meuter / Interbuild / CEI-De Meyer) 10 M€
• Architecture, Project Design and Quality Management (SOM-ASSAR, ACG, SOCOTEC, SNC- LAVALIN) 115 M€
• Construction (BAM Alliance - including 20 M€ nationally funded construction costs) 458 M€
• Electronic Security Systems (Siemens / Putman) 17 M€
• Audio Visual Infrastructure (Televic) 26 M€
• Active Network Infrastructure (Lockheed Martin) 62 M€
The following contracts are expected to be awarded in the future:  
• Other ICT Services (Data & Application Migration, Operation & Maintenance)  
• Furniture  
Estimated costs for the contracts to be awarded: 62 M €
Total estimated construction costs 750 M€

Additional costs include items such as: Governance of the project, Transition from the current HQ, Annual Revision, Contingencies, Construction security and Claim settlements. There is a strict ceiling of 1,1 B€ for the entire project.