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3. Notes

22. Property, plant and equipment

22. Property, plant and equipment

2020

     

€ million

Land and buildings

Plant and machinery

Office, computer equipment, vehicles and other

Assets under construction

Total

Gross carrying amount at January 1

608

854

166

152

1 780

Additions

122

18

34

194

368

Business combinations

21

6

1

0

28

Disposals

- 13

- 1

- 30

- 1

- 45

Transfer from one heading to another

14

41

3

- 98

- 40

Effect of movements in exchange rates

- 15

- 7

- 5

- 3

- 30

Gross carrying amount at December 31

737

911

169

244

2 061

Accumulated depreciation at January 1

- 320

- 499

- 121

0

- 940

Depreciation charge for the year

- 44

- 66

- 29

0

- 139

Disposals

13

1

29

0

43

Business combinations

- 2

- 4

0

0

- 6

Effect of movements in exchange rates

7

6

3

0

16

Accumulated depreciation at December 31

- 346

- 562

- 118

0

-1 026

Net carrying amount at December 31

391

349

51

244

1 035

2019

     

€ million

Land and buildings

Plant and machinery

Office, computer equipment, vehicles and other

Assets under construction

Total

Gross carrying amount at January 1

582

885

170

109

1 746

Additions

28

20

22

96

166

Disposals

- 28

- 88

- 34

- 2

- 152

Transfer from one heading to another

11

18

6

- 52

- 17

Effect of movements in exchange rates

15

19

2

1

37

Gross carrying amount at December 31

608

854

166

152

1 780

Accumulated depreciation at January 1

- 294

- 518

- 127

- 2

- 941

Depreciation charge for the year

- 43

- 56

- 24

0

- 123

Disposals

24

86

32

2

144

Effect of movements in exchange rates

- 7

- 11

- 2

0

- 20

Accumulated depreciation at December 31

- 320

- 499

- 121

0

- 940

Net carrying amount at December 31

288

355

45

152

840

None of the Group property, plant and equipment is subject to restrictions on title nor has it been pledged as security for liabilities.

During 2020, the Group acquired property, plant and equipment totaling € 368 million (2019: € 166 million). These additions include right-of-use assets for € 45 million (2019: € 40 million), € 122 million land and buildings mainly related to the acquisition of the new campus site in the UK. € 67 million relate to Bioplant Braine site reported in assets under construction. Tangible assets with net book value of € 22 million were recognized from Ra Pharmaceuticals Inc. acquisition (see Note 8). Other additions relate to the revamping of the office environment, building facilities and IT hardware.

During the year, the Group did not recognize any impairment expenses (2019: impairment of € 0 million).

The depreciation charge for the year amounts to € 139 million (2019: € 123 million) and includes the depreciation on the right-of-use assets (€ 43 million).