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Belgium-Brussels: Architecture competition — European Parliament — The Paul-Henri SPAAK building in Brussels
Design contest notice
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Main address: http://europarl.europa.eu
Section II: Object
Architecture competition — European Parliament — The Paul-Henri SPAAK building in Brussels
— the European Parliament is organising an international architecture competition to revive its Paul-Henri Spaak building, which is the main parliament building at its workplace in Brussels;
— the building houses the plenary as well as facilities for parliamentary committees and trialogues, as well as a visitors’ centre;
— the solutions considered to revive the building can range from a major renovation to complete reconstruction;
— the future building must be integrated and linked to its urban, natural and social environment;
— the European Parliament is the heart of the European democracy;
— through its seven hundred and five MEPs, elected by direct universal suffrage, it represents more than four hundred and forty million European citizens;
— its architectural heritage is significant not only for European legislators, but also for citizens. It offers important public spaces for dialogue and to experience European democracy and its values;
— the European Parliament has three workplaces, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Brussels;
— this competition concerns its main building in Brussels, which is part of a group of ten buildings in the European district;
— in recent years, parliament has seen its mandate broaden considerably, and has had to adapt its facilities to reflect its growing role as a full co-legislator, providing MEPs with the best possible working conditions;
— the enlargement of the European project, which currently has twenty seven member States, the development of safety standards, and the current state of the building require the Paul-Henri Spaak building to be renovated;
— the complex must meet the requirements of a transparent organisation;
— the parliament of MEPs is the parliament of the people. Its main building in Brussels should be open to citizens, enable interaction with them, and offer them an extraordinary experience;
— through the renovated complex, the European Parliament wants to set an example in its overall environmental approach;
— the building must be sustainable, sustainability being measured in terms of operability, maintainability, flexibility and adaptability;
— this flexibility must be considered in terms of space, time and technology;
— the building and its development process must incorporate best practices in terms of sustainability, circular economy and balance between simplicity and technology.
The revival project is aiming for a positive environmental impact.
The European Parliament budget.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
— the selection criteria will be specified in the procedural documents, which can be downloaded at the following address: www.european-parliament-design-competition.eu
Section IV: Procedure
— the evaluation criteria will be specified in the procedural documents, which can be downloaded at the following address: www.european-parliament-design-competition.eu
— 1st prize: EUR 120 000;
— 2nd prize: EUR 100 000;
— 3rd prize: EUR 80 000;
— 4th prize: EUR 60 000;
— 5th prize: EUR 40 000.
Section VI: Complementary information
— clarification relating to the provisions of paragraph IV.3.3) of this notice:
in accordance with the regulations relating to the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, the service contract will only be awarded in the event of a favourable outcome of the subsequent negotiated procedure;
— clarification relating to the provisions of paragraph IV.2.3) of this notice:
the date on which invitations to participate will be sent to the selected candidates is indicative and can be changed.
Internet address: http://www.curia.europa.eu
Internet address: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu