Op 1 oktober is door het Internationaal Strafhof en de combinatie Visser & Smit Bouw / Boele & van Eesteren het contract getekend voor de bouw van een nieuw onderkomen in Den Haag. De werkzaamheden starten naar verwachting in 2013 en zullen in 2015 gereed zijn. Het gebouw is ontworpen door de Deense architect schmidt hammer lassen architects.
"Today's signature of the contract marks an important step forward in the realisation of the International Criminal Court's permanent premises," said ICC Registrar Silvana Arbia. "Taking place on the Court's tenth anniversary, this signature is also a symbolic landmark in consolidating the ICC as a permanent institution," she added. "The Court is fully appreciative of the support provided by the Host State throughout this process which is the testimony of its commitment to this institution."
Combination Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren was selected to construct the permanent premises for the ICC for an amount of €147 million. The new premises will be situated on the former site of the Alexanderkazerne (Alexander Barracks) between the natural rolling dunes landscape and the edge of The Hague (Netherlands) on the site given to the Court by the Host State.
"We are delighted to have been awarded such an internationally prestigious project and look forward to working with the International Criminal Court," said Frans Snaaijer, Director of the Combination Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren. "Transparency, mutual trust and collaboration are the core values that will contribute to a sound basis. We embrace these values and have experienced in the past that these result in very successful projects for all parties involved."
At present, the ICC is housed in interim premises in the Binckhorst area of The Hague. As a permanent judicial institution, the ICC requires functional permanent premises to enable the Court to discharge its duties effectively and to reflect the significance of the Court in the fight against impunity. In December 2007 the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (the Court's founding treaty) decided that the ICC should be provided with newly built permanent premises.
Combination Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren is part of the VolkerWessels Group. VolkerWessels is a Dutch group of companies with 16,000 employees in 125 operating companies and offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Other partners involved in the combination are Homij/Imtech and Scheldebouw.
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 war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
van links naar rechts: Mr. Frans Snaaijer (combinatie Visser & Smit Bouw / Boele & van Eesteren); Mr. Marinus den Harder (combinatie Visser & Smit Bouw / Boele & van Eesteren); Ms. Silvana Arbia (ICC Registrar); and Mr. Neil Bradley (ICC Permanent Premises Project Director) © ICC-CPI.
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