Annet Bertram, director general Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency, and Hans Gennissen, chairman Board Facilicom Group, have opened Rijkskantoor De Knoop on May 17th on behalf of the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency and R Creators.
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 which will be named Rijkskantoor De Knoop. The outdated campus was redeveloped in a sustainable way to create an office space for various government agencies.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 area surrounding the building includes ‘the Knoop square’ and circular pavilion called ‘the Green House’.
Partnership was an important criterion during the tendering phase. This was not just because the contract has a term of twenty years, but also because, during the management phase, R Creators’ facilities organisation will work together with its counterpart at Rijkskantoor De Knoop. This was the first time that service and partnership have had 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 focussed 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 were located, forms part of the ‘Station Area Master Plan’, a city-centre modernisation project. Rijkskantoor De Knoop has become a permanent welcoming and sustainable building in the heart of the Netherlands.