The Netherlands Central Government Real Estate Agency has awarded a contract to R Creators consortium to transform the former Knoop barracks in Utrecht into a government office building.
The contract was awarded through a tender process to the consortium consisting of Strukton, Ballast Nedam, and Facilicom.
The deal provides for design, build, finance, maintenance and operation works (DBFMO).
The operational phase will extend for 20 years and start as soon as the complex comes into use in 2018.
The project will involve partial demolition, renovations as well as a new extension at the site, which is located near to the Utrecht Central Station.
R Creators consortium is expected to develop a new combined office complex and conference centre at the site, which will have a gross floor area of around 30,000m².
The DBFMO contract makes the consortium fully responsible for the development, including the financing, management and associated facilities services.
Developers are expected to start work this year, with a schedule for completion in 2018.
The consortium's design for the redevelopment initiative was planned by architects of Cepezed (building), Fokkema & Partners (interior), and Rijnboutt (urban integration).
Image: Planned redevelopment of Knoop barracks at Utrecht in Netherlands. Photo: courtesy of Strukton.