Creating mutual trust
Trust is the basis for the successful cooperation in all Park & Connect projects. The cooperation with the client and the construction team partners is just as important as cooperating with our chain partners. We create mutual trust based on common project objectives, equality and open dialogue.
The character of Ballast Nedam Park & Connect
Park & Connect works according to the LEAN methodology. Thom Hienekamp, Managing Director of Park & Connect, strongly believes in a learning organisation and servant leadership principle, the inverted management pyramid. "As a self-learning company, we believe and invest in cooperation, people and relationships. We put our employees first and ask them: 'What do you need from us to do your work properly?’ There is room for everyone's ideas and considerations. This allows expertise to grow. We are building a working environment in which all our employees work with passion and pleasure. We reinforce each other and address each other proactively to ensure that we continue to improve together. Our people add value."
Dare to be different
Ballast Nedam Park & Connect dares to stand out. Entrepreneurship is the foundation of the organisation. This brings fresh ideas and methods to the table, which may be technically complex, but always create added value for clients. Ballast Nedam Park & Connect work in-house on structural and functional design. This works efficiently and clearly so that designs are better coordinated.
Reusable building blocks
Ballast Nedam Park & Connect's dream is to create a fully circular living environment where people can come together and move around safely. Park & Connect and their products improve the infrastructure, mobility and quality of public spaces in the Netherlands. They make constructions of great social value, which they are proud of. By 2030, they want all their products to be 100% reusable. For example, they will use industrially manufactured building blocks of exceptional quality instead of traditional single-use products.
Sustainable parking solutions
To realise its ambitions around circularity, Ballast Nedam Park & Connect is reducing its carbon footprint to a minimum. They do this by applying SIMS: Smart Industrial Modular Solutions. They already use modular building blocks for their custom products ModuPark, ModuBridge and ModuTrans, concepts for temporary car parks, bridges and viaducts.
The user-friendly temporary parking garage ModuPark is a good example of the sustainable and responsible use of building materials. It is fully demountable and reusable. Once the car park has been dismantled, almost no residual waste remains. All parts, except the foundation, are then reused in other projects. Afterwards, the customer gets the site back without a trace left behind.
The building modules and elements, such as sunken steel and precast concrete, have a life span of at least 50 years. At the end of that lifetime, the materials can be properly separated for processing and recycling. Thanks to the open construction, the customer benefits from low maintenance costs and low energy consumption. With ModuPark, the client is making a substantial contribution to a circular economy and the envisaged sustainability targets.
Park & Connect has several award-winning projects to its name, including the Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen underground parking for bicycles in Amsterdam, the Stönner-Meijwaard bridge in Oirschot and the Kustwerk Katwijk underground car park. This car park won seven awards for design and architecture, including the IPI Award of Excellence - Architectural Achievement in 2017.
Thom is Managing Director of Ballast Nedam Park & Connect and, with his team, is involved in the design and construction of high-quality mobility links. Such as parking garages, bridges and viaducts. Everything is based on the principle of the learning organisation and servant leadership: the inverted management pyramid. Thom always keeps his dream in mind; a fully circular living environment. In which people can move around easily, happily and safely and connect with each other.