KPMG Belgium moves into new offices in Antwerp and Brussels

12 January 2018 Authored by Consultancy.eu

The Belgian arm of accounting and consulting firm KPMG will have completed two large relocations in the first quarter of 2018. The professional services firm is moving its Belgian head office to a new development at Brussels Airport, while the firm’s Antwerp office recently relocated from Kontich to Antwerp Berchem.

With revenues of over €175 million, KPMG is one of Belgium’s largest professional services firms, active in the area of accounting, audit, tax, financial advisory, management consulting and digital.

The firm had already announced in 2015 that it was moving its headquarters in the country to a new location. Next month, KPMG is inaugurating its new office in the ‘PassPort’, a building based in the business district of Brussels Airport. “Our brand new, innovative, and exciting building is a real beauty: modern appearance, maximum transparency, and fluent curved lines with an interior atrium that is flooded in light,” states KPMG on its website.

Work on the building, which consists of 2 L-shaped offices connected by an atrium, commenced in September 2015. The entire project has 28.000 m2 of office space, including areas for restaurants and fitness. KPMG Belgium will be the largest tenant, taking up around 13.000 m2 of the total.

KPMG Antwerp and Brussel

Patrick Simons, a Senior Partner at KPMG in Belgium, said: “The unique accessibility for our employees and clients, the close proximity to the airport, the modern concept and the lower ecological footprint of 'Passport' are highly appealing.” He added that the new office will enable the firm’s accountants, advisors and consultants to ramp up their collaborative efforts, to the benefits of clients. “The design of the building will enable our people – in a natural way – to work even more closely together and boost our innovation services.”

Meanwhile, in Antwerp, KPMG last month relocated its office from Kontich, a suburb of Antwerp, to Antwerp Berchem, an area close to the city’s ring. The office, which is based in Post X, was according to Dirk Van Stappen, a partner at KPMG in Antwerp, chosen for its central location and as a mobility hub. Post X is located close to where the Antwerp ring road, Singel, and the Berchem NMBS/SNCB-train station meet. “By moving to a mobility hub, we increase the range of transportation available to our clients and staff. The Post X site is very easy to reach, not just by car, but also by alternative methods of transportation such as trains, buses or bicycles,” he commented.

Serge Cosijns, also a partner at the Belgian organisation, added; “Our new premises' sustainability is state of the art. We also share the site with many other companies and public institutions. This offers a multitude of networking opportunities. It keeps us up to date on the latest industry developments. But most of all, we're in the city now, at a stone's throw from the port. Naturally these aspects are enormously important to our clients and staff.”

In recent years, KPMG Belgium also upgraded and refurbished its offices in Hasselt, Kortrijk, Mont-Saint-Guibert and Ghent.

Last month in Belgium’s consulting market, Dentsu Aegis launched a consulting wing in the country.

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