Today the JFC Brunssum Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Janusz Adamczak, broke ground in a ceremony to mark the start of the construction of a new wing to the Headquarters.
Following a series of cost-savings measures, which included the closure of JFC Lisbon, the two remaining NATO Joint Force Commands (Brunssum and Naples) were tasked to absorb Lisbon's responsibilities and incorporate an uplift of personnel. For JFC Brunssum, the resulting increase was 150 posts. Project 'Extend HQ' was created to meet the requirements to provide additional office space.
Project 'Extend HQ' includes the construction of a new wing to the existing HQ facility; providing an additional 2,510 m2 office space, a better equipped entrance area, a staff restaurant, and enhanced conference facilities. The ten million Euro contract was awarded to Laudy Contracting, based in Sittard.
The ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries, including the Netherlands Ministry of Defence CDC, John Verheyen, the RVB Director (T&P), Mrs Eva Klein Shiphorst, the Senior Project Manager, Mr Rene Wierts, and the Architect, Mr Stefan Heerland.
It is anticipated the project will complete in March 2017.