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Roche presents development plan for its Basel site
BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 22 October 2014 – Over the next 10 years, Roche will invest 3 billion Swiss francs in the construction of a new research and development centre for around 1,900 employees and in renovating the historic office building designed by Otto R. Salvisberg. The development plan, created by Herzog & de Meuron, will bring a large part of the Basel workforce together in modern laboratories and offices on the main site who are presently spread across the city of Basel. Plans also include a new office building in the interior of the Roche site that will be 205 m tall (approximately 50 storeys) and provide space for up to 1,700 office workplaces. Building 2 is expected to be ready for occupation by 2021.

Herzog & de Meuron: “With the Roche area development plan, we see a basic principle of our work realized, and that is densification. This is relevant for the entirety of Basel, even for all of Switzerland, as well as for the current national discourse regarding urban sprawl.”