KPMG is pleased to announce the construction of a new building in Kirchberg, due to open its doors in 2014. Excavation work has already begun, in January of this year.
KPMG is a leading Audit, Tax and Advisory firm in Luxembourg. The historical growth over the past ten years has forced the firm to have employees spread across three buildings that are not in close proximity (Glacis, Limpertsberg and Strassen/rue des Primeurs). The construction of the new headquarters will allow the current 1,050 employees to work in one single building.
This project underlines the confidence of KPMG partners and staff in the future of the firm. Changing location to a single site will allow better coordination and interactivity between all our business units. The architectural quality of the building and its location on a major development axis of the city will also allow KPMG to raise its national visibility.
Created by Luxembourg-based architect Hermann & Valentiny and constructed by Felix Giorgetti sarl, the building’s striking design and innovative external structure will take pride of place in the Kirchberg business district.
The architecture connects the modernity of Luxembourg today with its industrial history. The eye-catching outer structure, in an arresting oxide red, will be constructed entirely of weathering steel; a symbol of Luxembourg’s rich ironworks past. Framed within the outer structure is the leading edge design of the building itself, with a floor to ceiling glazed façade, large atrium, open receptions areas and varied and innovative meeting point areas.
The structural design was conceived with environmental and ecological factors in mind: the building is in the process of being certified as sustainable by BREEAM and boasts triple glazing, free chilling and low energy consumption. To the exterior is a sizeable wooded garden area and bike racks for a greener commute. Recently named Sustainable Firm of the Year 2012 by International Accounting Bulletin, KPMG hopes to ensure the building meets its high expectations with regards to sustainability.
KPMG Managing Director Karin Riehl is enthusiastic about the project: "We have now been working on the project to regroup all our staff under one roof for two years. We presented the project at our last staff meeting in May 2011 and received a warm welcome. We are currently working on the design and fittings of the interior of the building. Beyond the logistical difficulties inherent in any construction project, I am sure this new building will bring a new positive dynamic for our firm in the years to come.".
The launch was marked by a ceremony to celebrate the laying of the first stone which took place at the site on 16th April 2012 with Claude Wiseler, Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure; Marc Giorgetti, Managing Director of Félix Giorgetti Sàrl; Patrick Gillen, President of the Kirchberg Foundation; François Valentiny, head architect; as well as representatives from KPMG Luxembourg.
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