The construction of Rijkskantoor De Knoop is officially finished. The so-called Availability certificate has been signed. This completes the realization phase and starts the exploitation phase. From now on Rijkskantoor De Knoop is in use and the users will move in.
A good and intensive cooperation between all parties involved was essential for the sustainable redevelopment. More than that, cooperation was included as an award criterion. It has created the framework for good cooperation for the next 20 years.
"Organizing and cultivating cooperation made the difference in this project" (Peter Eitjes, project manager Rijksvastgoedbedrijf).
“The cooperation between the partners has led to a smooth construction process and a higher quality. A win-win situation” (Debbie van Noort, DBFMO manager R Creators)
The Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency commissioned the consortium R Creators, a partnership between Strukton, Facilicom and Ballast Nedam, to redevelop the former Knoopkazerne barracks in Utrecht into a modern government office building. The development of Rijkskantoor De Knoop fits perfectly within with the 'Compact Civil Service' program, which is operational since 2007 for a smaller and more efficient government. The former Knoopkazerne has been redeveloped to replace obsolete accommodations within the region. The project involved a combination of demolition, renovation and extension work, the starting point being to demolish as little as possible and reuse as much as possible. The shell of the former barracks has been transformed into a government office and a conference centre that can accommodate a thousand visitors.
A focal point in the design were the users’ needs. R Creators thoroughly explored their needs and translated them into an integral design. Rather than being standalone elements, the design, construction, installations, management and maintenance and operation, reinforce each other. When design solutions were developed, the emphasis was not placed on initial costs, but on the total costs over a span of twenty years.
In addition to the usual award criteria for a building, sustainable partnership and hospitality have been added as award criteria in this project. In terms of sustainability, the focus was not only on reducing energy consumption and material use, but also on maximum flexibility which makes the building and its services future-proof. Cooperation that results in sustainable partnership was an important criterion during the tendering phase. Not only because the contract runs for twenty years, but also because during the exploitation phase the facility organization of R Creators will work together as one team with the facility organization of the government office. It was the first time in a PPP tender that service and collaboration were such a heavy weighing factor. This has made a positive contribution to the smooth construction process and the start of operational phase.