Office extension for DEME HQ
Zwijndrecht, 5th September 2014 (17:40 CET) – In September, DEME starts with the extension of its main office in Zwijndrecht. The new office building will provide space for 250 new highly specialised employees.
Later this month, works will start for the construction of a new building on the site of DEME's headquarters, on the Scheldedijk in Zwijndrecht.
The new building has a floor area of 5,600 m² and will be connected to the existing office buildings. The two lower levels will house technical rooms, meeting rooms, a fitness centre and an expansion of the existing kitchen and the restaurant. The remaining five floors offer space for around 250 new workplaces.
The building will meet the strict EPB (Energy Performance of Buildings) requirements through an optimal use of insulation, external blinds, smart lighting and ventilation. In addition, cold/heat storage will provide the sustainable energy that is needed for heating and cooling the building.
DEME will also install a new ‘XANT’ (= VYNCKE, 3E and PMV) wind turbine on its site in order to ensure the energy supply to its facilities, in combination with the existing solar panels.
The total investment of these new facilities amounts to EUR 15 million.
In recent years, DEME has constructed many new buildings. The reason for these expansions is the strong growth of the group. The increasing complexity of its projects worldwide also requires proper support from the headquarters in the areas of project preparation and site supervision.
With this investment, DEME also confirms its will to consolidate the group’s presence in Belgium. The group employs 4,500 people, of whom 700 in Zwijndrecht and Oostende, 250 on Belgian sites and 60 in its workshops in Zeebrugge and Zwijndrecht. DEME has many offices worldwide, but where other companies are moving abroad, DEME keeps its headquarters in Flanders – Belgium. It therefore remains crucial that the government, both at the federal and regional level, maintains and optimises the necessary arrangements for tax cuts. Only in this way can the costs of the dredging industry stay competitive worldwide in the context of a European policy. The recent decision to let the crew of the ships be governed by the Joint Committee of the Merchant Marine is certainly a step in the right direction.
The Belgian dredging, hydraulic engineering and environmental group DEME has earned itself a prominent position on the world market in a few highly specialist and complex hydraulic disciplines. Having started out with dredging operations and reclamation, the group diversified into hydraulic projects at sea, services for oil and gas companies, the installation of offshore wind farms, environmental activities such as soil remediation and sludge recycling, and revalidation of brownfields and wreck clearance. Its multidisciplinary know-how and experience, project synergies and integrated business structure allowed DEME to grow into a global solutions provider. The group owns one of the most modern, high-tech and versatile fleets for dredging and hydraulic engineering activities. DEME employs 4,500 people. In 2013 the group realised a turnover of EUR 2.53 billion.
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