Ballast Nedam to build new office building in Netherlands

Construction and engineering firm Ballast Nedam has secured a €35m contract to construct a new municipal office building in the city of Venlo, Netherlands.

The new building will have a gross floor area of 13,500m² and will be located between Eindhovenseweg, Veilingstraat, Molensingel and Professor Gelissensingel on the River Meuse.

Laudy Construction & Development, a subsidiary of Ballast Nedam, will act as the contract partner.

Laudy, Ballast Nedam Building and Development Region South will oversee the building's work, which includes mechanical engineering, electrical and lift installations.

The contractor will build a public underground car park beneath the building, with the capacity to accommodate 400 vehicles spread over three layers, which will also be used to pre-heat the air in the building in the winter and to cool it in the summer.

A portion of the required workstations with a gross leasable area of 2,000m² will be located in the adjacent Nedinsco building.

Designed according to cradle-to-cradle principles, the building, which is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2014, consists of a greenhouse on the roof that will provide heat for the entire building and purify the air coming from the road and nearby railway line through a green wall.

Rainwater will be collected and purified by a plant filter and reused for washing before it is released into the nearby River Meuse.

Solar cells will be installed in the façade and roof to help generate energy. The building will also maximise its use of daylight, reducing the need for artificial light.

Construction materials can be reused after the building has completed its service life, while the size and shape of the atriums will be designed to facilitate natural air flows without requiring mechanical ventilation.