Close working relationship
The self-contained student apartments, including general facilities (a car and bicycle park and communal areas) and commercial space at street level on Jan van Galenstraat, were designed by Studioninedots. To erect the sixteen-storey tower, the used modular 3D concrete construction system has been developed by the partners Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling, Ursem Modulaire Bouwsystemen and Schouten Techniek. During this process, the partners tried to identify any synergies between them in terms of their expertise and experience, and also challenged each other to come up with innovative solutions. This is a unique development that has been made possible thanks to the close working relationship between these parties.
The ready-made apartments were being fitted out with bathrooms, kitchens and technical installations in the factory, where the finishing work also took place, allowing the new building to be erected in a very short space of time on site. Once they reached the construction site, the self-supporting flats were stacked on top of each other, like Lego blocks, straight from the truck. Even the external façade was for the most part attached to the modules in the factory so the on-site work could be carried out without traditional scaffolding. This approach meant that most of the construction work for a high-rise project could take place in the factory. As a result, savings could be made in terms of construction time and costs, the disruption caused by work on site could be significantly reduced and quality could be increased by using a sustainable industrial production method. Building this way also allowed us to keep the project as a whole firmly under control.
Niels’ passion for building is reflected at Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling, where they face challenges together. After holding a variety of positions, he has been a member of the Board of Management since 2002. In 2011 Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling became part of Ballast Nedam, for which Niels has final responsibility as Managing Director.