On behalf of the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency and RCreators, Annet Bertram, director general Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency, and Hans Gennissen, chairman Board Facilicom Group, have opened rijkskantoor de Knoop on 17 May.
The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency had commissioned the consortium R Creators, a partnership between Strukton, Facilicom and Ballast Nedam, to redevelop the former Knoopkazerne barracks in Utrecht into a government office building: Rijkskantoor De Knoop. The outdated complex was being redeveloped in a sustainable way to create an office for use by various government agencies. The shell of the former barracks has been transformed into government offices and has been extended with a conference centre that can accommodate a thousand visitors. An atrium links the conference centre to the transformed Knoopkazerne. The outside space includes ‘the Knoop square’ and circular pavilion ‘The Green House’.
Partnership was an important criterion during the tendering phase, not just because the contract has a term of twenty years, but also because, during the management phase, R Creators’ facilities organisation is working together with its counterpart at rijkskantoor de Knoop. This was the first time that service and partnership have been accorded such a high priority in a PPP tender. By contributing our knowledge and experience of construction, maintenance and service, we achieved a higher level of quality for the users.
Regarding sustainability, we did only focus on reducing energy and material use. The maximum flexibility for the building and the associated services were also taken into account, so that they too are future-proof. The area around Utrecht Centraal station, where the former barracks are located, forms part of the ‘Station Area Master Plan’, a city-centre modernisation project. Rijkskantoor de Knoop has become a permanent leading, welcoming and sustainable building in the heart of the Netherlands.