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Wooden, the “first branch”ceremony

Published on  09/07/2021

Wooden office building takes shape in Leudelange

The construction of the Wooden office building in Leudelange was symbolically marked by a "first branch". Like a "first stone", this event brought together the actors of the project while reaffirming the choice of wood as a virtuous alternative to traditional construction.

The construction of the Wooden office building began at the end of 2020, a launch made official this Monday with a "first branch" ceremony. The event took place in the presence of Mr. Raphaël Gindt, Alderman of the municipality of Leudelange, Mr. Eric Lux and Mr. Arnaud Regout, Managing Directors of the co-developers IKO Real Estate and BPI Real Estate Luxembourg, Mr. Romain Braas, CEO of Bâloise Assurances Luxembourg, which will be the main tenant of the building, as well as the builders CLE, Wood Shapers and the architect ArtBuild Architect.

A commitment to wood, well-being and sustainability

In 2020, the construction and operation of buildings were responsible for 38% of CO2 emissions worldwide. Faced with this worrying fact, it is up to us to act. To reduce their carbon footprint, the developers IKO Real Estate and BPI Real Estate have chosen to use wood for the construction of the Wooden office building. The building's load-bearing structure (exoskeleton, columns and slabs) is made entirely of wood, a natural, renewable and local resource that combines constructive and environmental advantages and promotes the well-being of occupants.

Wooden will be the first wooden office building of this scale in Luxembourg. The wood used comes exclusively from sustainable forests in the greater region. In these PEFC-certified forests, when a tree is cut down, one or two other specimens are necessarily replanted. Thus, over the life of the building, the forest will have recovered what was taken from it during the project.

   

Wooden is also the second building in Luxembourg to be certified under the WELL Building Standard®. Unlike other labels in the construction industry, the WELL label focuses exclusively on the health and well-being of building occupants, rather than the buildings themselves.

Wooden is also aiming for BREEAM Excellent environmental certification. The 9,400 sqm building is a model of sustainability and well-being and will offer its occupants a working environment of unprecedented quality.

The new headquarters of Bâloise Assurances Luxembourg

Wooden has been developed to measure for its main tenant Bâloise Assurances Luxembourg. Beyond the certifications, Bâloise is convinced that the Wooden building, the warmth of its wood, its terraces open onto the park and its collaborative spaces that lend themselves perfectly to new ways of working will promote the individual and collective development of employees.

Currently, 477 sqm of space remains available for lease in the building.

Work is in full swing

Earthworks began as soon as the building sites were reopened in the spring of 2020, followed by the foundations in November. Structural work will continue until the end of the year, followed by the finishing touches for delivery in the third quarter of 2022.

While the use of wood will lengthen the design time, the execution work will be accelerated. In wood construction, the above-ground structural work is three times faster than on a conventional site. Currently on the site, a new floor is erected approximately every 10 days.

The actors of the project

To carry out this daring project, co-developers IKO Real Estate and BPI Real Estate, who both have a history of developing innovative and efficient office buildings, called on the international architectural firm ArtBuild Architects, which has over 10 years of research and experience in wood construction. The construction of the building was entrusted to CLE, with the support of Wood Shapers, specialists in the construction of buildings composed mainly of wood and other hybrid alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint.

Project owners: IKO Real Estate and BPI Real Estate Luxembourg

Architect: ArtBuild Architect

Technical design office: Jean Schmit Engineering

Static design office: Ney + Partners WOW

Builders: CLE and Wood Shapers

Project Manager: QBuild

WELL and BREEAM Energy and Environment Assessor

Building Acoustics: D2S International

Control office: SECO Luxembourg

Health and Safety Coordinator: D3 Coordination

Main tenant: Bâloise Assurances Luxembourg

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Press Contacts

BPI REAL ESTATE

Arnaud Regout, Managing Director for BPI Real Estate Luxembourg

+352 26 18 74 33, infolu@bpi-realestate.com

IKO REAL ESTATE

Alexandra Machot, Communication, PR & Content Manager

+352 26 18 87 313, +352 621 226 080, a.machot@ikorealestate.eu

BALOISE ASSURANCES

Carole Arendt, Communication Manager 

+352 290 190 2633, carole.arendt@baloise.lu

 

About BPI Real Estate

BPI Real Estate is a high value-added real estate developer operating in Belgium, Poland and Luxembourg. Incorporated 30 years ago, the company gained tremendous experience and recognized expertise in the residential, office, retail and service sectors. 

BPI’s developments feature an innovative and environmentally-responsible approach that incorporates social and energy aspects as well as construction and technological elements from the early stages of its projects, in order to create pleasant and harmonious living environments.

BPI is part of CFE, a Belgian industrial group founded in 1880. CFE, founded in 1880 and active in three different divisions. The first, Dredging, Environment, Offshore and Infra, is carried out by its wholly owned subsidiary DEME. The second, Contracting, encompasses the group’s construction, multitechnics and rail activities in Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland and Tunisia. The third, Real Estate Development, covers the real estate projects developed by BPI

The CFE group currently employs more than 7,000 people and is present on every continent. Listed on Euronext Brussels, CFE is 62.10% owned by Ackermans & van Haaren.

More information on www.bpi-realestate.com

About IKO Real Estate

Founded more than 30 years ago in Luxembourg, IKO Real Estate is active as an urban planner, developer and real estate investor, and is one of the only Luxembourg companies to operate in the three main markets of residential, office and commercial real estate. This threefold competence enables it to be a leader in large mixed urban renewal projects. IKO Real Estate practices these professions in accordance with its vision, which aims to place human well-being and nature at the very heart of every project. IKO imagines new solutions to build cities that preserve the ecosystem and where people reclaim urban space. IKO Real Estate is the first real estate developer in Luxembourg to register its new developments in the WELL Building Standard® certification process.

More information on www.ikorealestate.eu

About the Bâloise Assurances group in Luxembourg

Present in Luxembourg since 1890, Bâloise Luxembourg is firmly anchored in the economic and social fabric of the country and is part of the Swiss group Bâloise, also present in Germany, Belgium, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Bâloise Luxembourg covers the property and casualty, pension and savings needs of its private and institutional clients and also offers pension and investment insurance services across borders in many European Union countries. Its ambition is to make insurance simple, intuitive and human. This is achieved through the continuous improvement of its product and service offering, communications and processes. In short, Bâloise's goal is to become the first choice of all those who want to feel secure in a simple way.

More information on www.baloise.lu