Brussels, June 11, 2018 --- Solvay today unveils the project of its future headquarters, reflecting its transformation into a global leader in advanced materials and specialty chemicals.
Solvay has selected the project proposed by the consortium consisting of Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Belgian firms MODULO Architects and VK Engineering.Their design will unite Solvay employees in one building with dynamic spaces for open collaboration and co-creation and will embody Solvay’s pioneering spirit of scientific innovation and sustainability ambitions.
“Over the past six years, Solvay went through one of the most profound business transformations in its 155-year history. This project embodies the start of a new era for the Group’s long-term growth, fostering closer connections and creativity between colleagues, customers and the business,”said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.
Works on the new building on the Solvay Campus in Neder-Over-Heembeek, north of Brussels, are expected to begin mid-2019 and to end by 2021.
Solvay’s corporate, business and research teams and its new Materials Science Application Center will be grouped in a carbon neutral building, highlighting the Group’s sustainable commitments. State of the art digital capabilities will support the building’s energy efficiency as well as enhance the well-being and productivity of employees.
Solvay moreover has the ambition to turn its 22-hectare site into an open innovation campus, by attracting startups and other companies and by strengthening its ties with the science community at universities and research institutions.
This project will contribute to the urban and economic development of the Brussels’ canal area and improve the site’s connectivity with the city.
Solvay is an advanced materials and chemical company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers in diverse global end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Its lightweighting materials promote cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 24,500 employees in 61 countries. Net sales were € 10.1 billion in 2017, with 90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the world’s top 3 leaders, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 22%. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR) and in the United States its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a level-1 ADR program. (Figures take into account the announced divestment of Polyamides.)