Planned Environmental and Life Sciences research building at the JRC Ispra site: pedestrian and northern view of both buildings (click to enlarge)
Green light for new constructions at Ispra site
Today, the European Parliament budgetary committee gave the green light for the construction of two new buildings at the JRC's Ispra site. The EP's positive opinion, following that of the Council, effectively clears the way towards the signature of the construction contract in the coming weeks, allowing works to start shortly afterwards.
This project is probably the largest infrastructure effort at Ispra ever since the construction of the Ispra-1 and ESSOR reactors some 50 years ago. The new buildings should accommodate, from 2012 on, about 400 staff of the Institutes for Environment and Sustainability (IES) and for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP). They will be erected simultaneously in the heart of the so-called future "science zone", and will provide a net surface area of 10,000 square metres for offices, laboratories and meeting space.
JRC staff working on the Ispra site are located in more than 140 buildings, many of which old and small, while being fragmented over a site of 167 ha. The aim of the Strategic Ispra Site Development Plan is to increase its scientific efficiency as well as to get greater benefit from its multi-disciplinary character by producing a better work environment for its staff, improving its image and reducing running costs. The plan foresees the concentration of most scientific activities into a “Science Zone” in the centre of the site.