IPC moves into "exemplary" headquarters in Bonn. IPC

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) marked the beginning of its new chapter, with the inauguration of its new headquarters in Bonn, Germany. The IPC embarked on a journey of further growth and innovation, symbolising its continued commitment to advancing the Paralympic Movement on a global scale.

After five years of renovation, the IPC has moved to Dahlmannstrasse 2, one of the most accessible office locations in Germany. The new headquarters, close to the Rhine and the UN Campus, is only 500 metres from its previous location on Adenauerallee. 

Thanks to the efforts of the government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), IPC's new headquarters has 157 accessible workstations, six lifts and inclusive facilities such as bathrooms and mini-kitchens on every floor. With automatic doors and tactile paving, accessibility for the visually impaired is a priority throughout the building and garden. 

Two-time Paralympian Mike Peters, CEO of the IPC, said: "Moving into our new headquarters marks a historic day for the IPC and provides us with an even stronger platform to grow the Paralympic Movement from our home here in Bonn.

"Since the IPC arrived in the former West German capital in 1999, we have experienced significant growth. Today, we organise one of the world's largest and most influential sporting events, the Paralympic Games, and work tirelessly every day to strengthen and support our more than 200 member organisations," he continued.

"We are proud that our transformational work also promotes inclusion in communities, cities and countries around the world, and the move to our new home marks the first time in over a decade that the entire Team IPC - a group of 130 dedicated individuals from 47 nations - has been able to work under one roof," said Mike Peters.

"This is a game changer for our members and for us, as this space will have a positive impact on the way we work. It is also good timing as we enter the final preparations for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games," he concluded.

The IPC's move to Dahlmannstrasse 2 was facilitated by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city of Bonn and the Federal Ministry of the Interior. In 2018, they agreed to relocate the IPC's growing staff, with the NRW cabinet making the former state government building  available in January 2019.

International Paralympic Committee CEO Peters in his new office. IPC
International Paralympic Committee CEO Peters in his new office. IPC

Nancy Faeser, German Minister of the Interior and Sports Minister, said: "The Paralympic Movement can thus continue to promote inclusion and acceptance in sport from Germany. The Paralympic Games are a strong signal for the equal participation of people with disabilities - far beyond sport".

Hendrik Wüst, Minister President, of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, commented: "North Rhine-Westphalia and sport, a perfect match. The establishment of the International Paralympic Committee in the 'Federal City' of Bonn is further proof of the framework conditions that have made our state into such an outstanding investment destination."

Katja Dörner, Lord Mayor of Bonn, added: "I am delighted that we have succeeded in providing the IPC with first-class accommodation tailored to the needs of its staff, thereby strengthening Bonn as the headquarters of the International Paralympic Committee in international competition."

The IPC, the umbrella organisation of the Paralympic Movement, was founded by Bob Steadward in Düsseldorf on 22 September 1989 and moved to Adenauerallee in 1999 with a staff of 10.