The Netherlands Delivers New Headquarters to EMA
New Amsterdam office of the European Medicines Agency delivered
The Netherlands has officially delivered the new Amsterdam headquarters to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The new office, located in the Zuidas area of Amsterdam, will enable EMA to continue carrying out their activities by assessing medicines without any interruption. Minister Bruno Bruins (Health, Care and Sports) complimented all parties involved with this special achievement, as the new build was completed within a very short time frame: “It is a beautiful and important achievement that EMA will be able to move in this new building in time as promised. Built at a high pace and in a very short time frame. EMA must always continue its important work without hindrances by assessing the quality and safety of medicines in the interest of patients. I am proud of the cooperation between the various departments, the Central Government Real Estate Agency, the city of Amsterdam, the construction company (Dura Vermeer/Heijmans) and EMA. This all led to a fantastic building ready for the future.”
New EMA Headquarters Built in 18 Months
Exactly two years after the announcement that EMA would come to the Netherlands, its new building in Amsterdam is finished. The new building was built in 18 months. The Netherlands did their utmost to avoid any interruption of the important work of the agency. The new premises have 1.300 workplaces and 19 conference rooms. The building’s sustainable design includes eye-catching features like a 60-meter-high vertical green wall with more than 50.000 plants, and a large conference room where public hearings for patients and healthcare professionals can be held. EMA brings 36,000 visitors to the Netherlands annually and also attracts a lot of companies that further strengthen the Life Sciences & Health ecosystem.
Move from Spark building to new office
EMA and the Dutch government will use the weeks after the delivery to prepare the building to be ready for operation. Currently, EMA is temporarily housed in the Spark building in Amsterdam. The move to the new building will take place around Christmas and will be coordinated and executed by the Dutch government. In January 2020, the move will be completed and from 20 January 2020, EMA will be fully operational in its new office.
Source: government.nl18 November 2019