On behalf of the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf and R Creators, Annet Bertram, Director-General of the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, and Hans Gennissen, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Facilicom Group, opened the De Knoop government office building on 17 May.
Commissioned by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, the R Creators consortium in partnership with Strukton, Facilicom and Ballast Nedam, has redeveloped the former Knoop Barracks in Utrecht, to become Rijkskantoor De Knoop. The obsolete complex underwent a sustainable redevelopment into government offices to accommodate a range of state departments. The shell of the former Knoop Barracks was transformed into government offices, and was expanded with a meeting centre for a thousand visitors. An atrium connects the conference centre and the transformed Knoop Barracks. The outdoor space features ‘the Knoop Square’ and the circular pavilion ‘The Green House’.
More quality through durable partnership
Cooperation was an important criterion during the tendering phase. Not only because the contract runs for 20 years, but also because during the exploitation phase the facilities organisation of R Creators works alongside the facilities organisation of the government office as one team. It’s the first time in a PPP tender that service provision and cooperation have been such important factors. More quality has been achieved for the users thanks to the knowledge and experience of construction, maintenance and services.
Future-proof in the heart of Utrecht
In sustainability terms, the focus is not only on reducing the use of energy and materials. Maximum flexibility for the building and the associated services has also been provided to ensure that these are future-proof. The area around Utrecht Central Station where Rijkskantoor De Knoop is located is part of the ‘Station Area Master Plan’ for the renewal of the centre. Rijkskantoor De Knoop has become a leading, hospitable and sustainable building in the heart of the Netherlands.
Take a look here at the timelapse of the redevelopment of the former Knoop Barracks into Rijkskantoor De Knoop.