Property development firm Heijmans has secured a €160m construction, technical engineering and infrastructural contract from the Netherlands Government Building Agency for the Soesterberg Defence Museum PPP project.
Under the contract, Heijmans will design, develop, maintain, finance, as well as manage the facilities of the new National Military Museum and the museum quarters to be built at the former military airbase in Soesterberg, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The contract involves the maintenance and operation of the museum for 25 years and about €70m of the contract price will be used for maintenance and facilities management services.
Spanning an area of 45ha, the project includes the layout and maintenance of the entire planning area.
Heijmans will also construct a large museum building at the centre of the facility and redesign the existing buildings.
Claus and Kaan Architecten will be responsible for the urban development design and the design of the museum building as well as the depot, while H+N+S landschapsarchitecten will provide the landscape design and Kossmann.deJong will take charge of the fit out work.
Construction work is expected to start in autumn 2012 and complete in the third quarter of 2014.
The Netherlands’ Ministry of Defence is constructing the new museum to showcase the significance of the country’s armed forces in the present, past and future.
After completion, the collection from the Military Aviation Museum in Soesterberg and the Armed Forces Museum in Delft will be brought together and presented in the museum.
The Hart van de Heuvelrug Information Centre currently situated at Soesterberg Air Force base will also be housed in the new museum.
Image: Heijmans will construct a large museum building as well as redesign the site’s existing buildings. Photo: Heijmans.