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Permanent Premises of the Court
The International Criminal Court is currently housed in interim premises on the eastern border of the city of The Hague in The Netherlands. The host state, The Netherlands, is providing the building known as the “Arc” free of charge until 2012. The interim premises do not fulfil the Court’s requirements in terms of office space and security in the long term, and therefore the Court is scheduled to relocate to new permanent premises in 2015.
The permanent premises are to be built on the site of the Alexanderkazerne, a former military barracks complex on the outskirts of The Hague near Scheveningen. The site is provided free of charge by the Host State.
Architectural Design Competition
A worldwide architectural competition was launched in February 2008 to find a design for the permanent premises. 170 candidates from 32 countries took part. A Jury made up of representatives of the ASP, the Court, the municipality of The Hague and architectural experts was convened to judge the entries. By ASP resolution, the Coalition participated as an observer on the Jury, issuing a statement “CICC Statement to Premises Architectural Competition Jury” on the importance of the process. Three prizewinners were selected by the Jury in October 2008 and at the Eighth Assembly of States Parties in November 2009, a decision was taken requesting the Project Board to finalize the negotiations, including on the terms and conditions of the contract, with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (Denmark).
Permanent Premises – The Design
The new premises of the International Criminal Court will consist of six connected building volumes including a larger ‘Court Tower’. For more information on the main characteristics of the design, please visit the ICC webpage on the Permanent Premises.
In 2011, the preliminary design of the permanent premises was approved and the project has now entered its final design phase. The construction phase of the project is scheduled to commence in 2012 and the foreseen end of the construction phase is mid-2015.
Negotiations and delays in the design process have led to the Court’s delayed relocation into the permanent premises (2015 at the earliest). The additional time period of occupation of the interim premises will mean additional rental and inflationary costs which will have to be borne between 2012 and 2015.
The budget for the permanent premises project is €190 million. States Parties have each been allocated a share of this budget. A Trust Fund dedicated to the construction of the premises was established at the sixth ASP session in 2007. It is to be funded through voluntary contributions from governments, international organizations, individuals, corporations, or other entities.
The Oversight Committee on Permanent Premises (OC) was established by resolution at the sixth ASP session in December 2007. The OC is a standing subsidiary body of the ASP and provides strategic oversight to the project. Since the seventh ASP session, the OC has led the discussions on permanent premises by monitoring negotiation and design processes, as well as the management and financing options for the construction project. In 2011, Mr. Roberto Bellelli (Italy) took over the role of Chairperson of the Oversight Committee from Mr. Martin Strub (Switzerland).
Project Director’s Office
The Project Director’s Office is responsible for the day-to-day management of the project. The Project Director’s office was established by resolution at the sixth ASP session in December 2007. As of June 2011, the Project Manager is Mr. Neil Bradley (UK). The Project Manager has final responsibility for the overall management of the project and reports to the ASP through the Oversight Committee.
For more information on this issue and on the Coalition Team on Premises, please contact Matthew Cannock on [email protected].