- EY Belgium’s brand new headquarters are part of a new development in Diegem called “The Wings”.
- The new location will host an EY Business Center of 1,700 m², a restaurant and 600 parking spaces.
It’s a big day for EY Belgium. The company has just signed the contract for its new headquarters in Diegem, on the crossroads of the ring road around Brussels, the railroad station and Brussels Airport. More than a real estate decision, this new headquarters symbolizes the way EY embraces the new way of working in a post COVID-19 world. The inauguration of the new headquarters is planned for November 2023. This new building will be futureproof and will not only be a working place, but also and above all a place to meet and engage with clients and colleagues.
EY Belgium’s brand new headquarters are part of a new development in Diegem called “The Wings”. It will have an office surface of 13,200 square meters, which is 5,000 m² less than EY’s current offices. On top of that, the new location will host an EY Business Center of 1,700 m², a restaurant and 600 parking spaces.
The building itself generates the energy required for all in-house businesses and amenities, without consuming any fossil fuels whatsoever. The Wings offers everything a modern office location needs. The use of the latest building technologies will allow for a maximum energy efficiency. The Wings is the first office building in Belgium to apply geothermal energy, reducing CO2 with 70%. A unique layout of garden terraces will enhance the attractive and healthy office environment. EY people will benefit from other amenities on the site, such as a fitness, restaurants and a four-star hotel on the premise.
Ready for the Future of Work
Thanks to the introduction of the new Future of Work policy, a minimum of 20 % less presence in the office is taken into account. All employees have the flexibility to work more from home, which will have a significant impact on employee time savings and will lead to less traffic in general.
The new office will be designed in such a way that it is rather a place for meeting, interaction, collaboration and knowledge sharing, moving away from the traditional office environment with (fixed) workplaces.
A location to meet and interact
COVID-19 greatly influenced the decision making process for the location of the new headquarters. “A very large building no longer suits the needs of our co-workers, who have adopted a new, hybrid way of working during the pandemic, and we want to collectively benefit from this “new way of working”, says Patrick Rottiers, CEO EY Belgium. “After all, at EY one can work from every possible location. Nevertheless, our colleagues have also felt the need to engage with each other again in real life. The new headquarters, therefore, will not so much be a working location, but a place to meet and interact in a stimulating environment, to forge a stronger relationship and reinforce the strengths that make the EY team so uniquely equipped to meet the demands of our clients.”
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