DSM has announced plans to build a new global head office in Maastricht, the Netherlands, which is expected to be ready by the end of 2023.
The company is moving its head office from its current Heerlen location – which has been the home base of DSM since 1902 and its dedicated headquarters since 1985 – to the Limburg province capital.
The new Maastricht plot currently features two buildings – a historic monument and cinema – which will be combined, renovated and refurbished to create the new head office.
DSM says the new office will be a “true visualisation” of its culture and will reinforce the company’s hybrid working principles, which will form the basis of the design alongside user experience.
The firm also intends to implement the highest sustainability standards (BREEAM) in the design and construction of the office, which it says will be energy neutral. Meanwhile, DSM revealed that the Sittard office will close permanently.
Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, co-CEOs of DSM, said: “DSM’s new head office is more than a new building: it’s an inspiring, healthy and open place that will be stylishly integrated in the environment and the community around it.
“We’re looking forward to providing a positive working environment for employees and visitors, with wellbeing and sustainability at the heart.”
De Vreeze recently took on the role of president and CEO of DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) following Chris Goppelsroeder’s retirement.
The municipality of Heerlen has expressed its disappointment with DSM’s decision to relocate, with mayor Roel Wever adding: “For more than a century, DSM has been a beacon of trust for our city and the entire mining region.
“The company, for which Heerlen residents have rolled up their sleeves for years under very difficult circumstances, remained Heerlen as location is always faithful and that was something to be proud of. Frankly, we find the fact that this band is now being broken is very disappointing.”
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