Barco has officially opened its new headquarters in Belgium, located at the Beneluxpark in Kortrijk.
The 230,000sqm ‘One Campus’ is an all glass, circular building surrounded by green spaces and connected to three other Barco facilities. From 1 June all 1,250 of Barco’s Belgian employees will work from the new HQ, which will also serve as an open house for customers, partners, and other stakeholders.
Building a new campus that brings together all its Belgian employees fits the company’s ambition to expand in its three core markets of enterprise, entertainment and healthcare.
The new One Campus, which replaces Barco’s older premises in Kuurne and Kortrijk, includes 48,000sqm of general facilities. Other areas include the Circle, which is connected to the Lab (the R&D and test-unit), the Pulse and the Engine (the production facility). The Circle comprises flexible office areas, R&D offices and test areas, a multipurpose 170-seat auditorium, a training centre, a three-tier meeting deck and an atrium that features a first-class company restaurant. The showpiece of The Circle, however, is the Barco Experience Centre, which is equipped with Barco’s most advanced visualisation solutions.
The open plan building is designed to stimulate a new way of working and includes various working ‘scenes’, like social hubs, home and interaction zones, ‘bubbles’, etc. By combining this smart, flexible workplace with campus facilities like a restaurant and coffee bar, delivery of online shopping orders, and green areas, Barco hopes to retain and attract talent.
“Barco has worked hard, over the past few years, to evolve into a global technology leader. Our seven corporate values serve as a guide to help us achieve our objectives. One Campus breathes each and every one of these core values: teamwork, openness, trust, innovation, etc. I’m really delighted about this exciting, new home for the Barco family and will be so proud to welcome all of our colleagues from abroad, customers, business partners and other stakeholders here,” said CEO Eric Van Zele.
During the official inauguration of One Campus on 27 May, King Philippe of Belgium participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a roundtable discussion with a delegation of Flemish industry representatives.