Moving to our definitive building & what you should know about Treurenberg: Top facts
Early April 2016, the most part of the Single Resolution Board (SRB) staff members (around 150 people!) officially moved to our new premises rue Treurenberg, in the heart of Brussels. Here are some top facts about our new building.
RAMPARTS & SAFEGUARDING
Just adjacent to the Treurenberg building (already called "T-22" - as the EU jargon seems to find its way to almost everything), you can see part of the ancient ramparts which surrounded the old city of Brussels. The wall was actually commissioned in the early 13th Century by Henry I, Duke of Brabant, in order to protect Brussels, and it did so for at least 200 years. The four kilometre-long rampart encompassed the top and bottom of the town: Coudenberg Castle, the Collegiate Church of St. Michael and St. Gudula, the port of the Senne and the Sint Goriks district up to the Korenmarkt (Cornmarket) district. We very much affection the rampart function, as down the line, the SRB will be protecting taxpayers and national economies.
AWARD-WINNING & EU 2020
Treurenberg is the first Net-Zero energy office building ever built in Brussels. Its reconstruction required the most advanced techniques to achieve a Net-Zero energy building, already meeting the European standards set for 2020. In other words, a net zero energy building is a building with a very high energy performance whose very high level of energy efficiency means that the overall annual primary energy consumption is equal to or less than the energy production from the renewable energy source on-site. This does not mean that the Treurenberg does not need energy but that its total annual primary energy consumption is equal to zero. On 17 March 2015, Treurenberg won the prize for the best innovative green building in the Cannes MIPIM Awards.
The seven floor building is built around an atrium with nine levels, and offers 10,500 sqm of office space. The top three levels open onto one of the largest usable rooftop terraces for an office building in Brussels. The transparency value that we place in the centre of our working practices and decisions is also reflected in the way the building was built.
Just outside the entrance, you will notice the famous comic strip wall "The Scorpion". The figure is of Enrico Marani's swashbuckling hero, Armando Catalano, whose nickname, "The Scorpion", comes from his tattoo. The comic strip is yet another reminder that we are located in the heart of Brussels.
We, the SRB Board Members, are happy to have found our definitive home in Brussels. The Single Resolution Mechanism, as one of the pillars of the Banking Union, needs to have adequate premises in order to act effectively and swiftly. We are looking forward to working with European countries as well as our other international stakeholders, and are committed to enhancing financial stability as well as protecting taxpayers.