On 27th November 2014, the International Criminal Court Permanent Premises Project celebrated the important milestone of reaching the highest point of the construction of the new building.
This achievement was celebrated with a festivity at the construction site, attended by representatives of all the parties involved in the construction activities of the new ICC premises, including the ICC Project Team, Courtys construction and design team and all of it’s subcontractors.
This ceremony signified that the highest point of the structure, the steel frame that is built around the Court Tower has been erected and was marked by the raising of the construction team’s flag on highest point. It recognises the enormous effort the construction team has put into ensuring the new premises remains on track to be completed on schedule and within budget in the 3rd quarter of 2015.
In his speech, Neil Bradley, ICC Permanent Premises Director stated that “this hugely important building will soon become the home of the ICC and for the next generation will be instantly recognised throughout the world as an important symbol of the quest for peace and justice.”
Since the beginning of construction work in April 2013 and after just one and a half years of construction work, the new premises of the International Criminal Court is now a major step closer to completion, with the external envelope being completed and work on the landscape around the building complex and the construction and finishing of the interior spaces well under way.
Over 300 people who are currently working on the realisation of the ICC Permanent Premises attended the celebration, including engineers, architects, project managers and many of the specialist construction workers all of whom work collaboratively and simultaneously on different parts of the complex construction project.
The International Criminal Court is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, namely the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and thus also contributes to the prevention of such crimes.
The ICC Permanent Premises project’s main goal is the construction of the permanent headquarters of the International Criminal Court (ICC). As a permanent judicial institution, the ICC required functional permanent premises to enable the Court to execute its duties effectively and reflects the significance of the ICC in the global fight against impunity for the gravest crimes of concern to the whole international community.
The new premises of the ICC is located on the former Alexander barracks site and consists of six connected building volumes of which the Court Tower stands in the middle of it. The new premises includes 54.600m² of floor space, 72.000m² landscape, 1200 workstations and 3 courtrooms. Construction will be completed towards the end of 2015, at which point the ICC will move into it’s new permanent home.
Courtys was selected to construct the permanent premises for the ICC in late 2012 and is a combination of Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren (both part of the VolkerWessels Group). VolkerWessels is a Dutch group of companies with 14,500 employees in 120 operating companies and offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
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