Start new building RIVM and CBG in spring 2017

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Strukton Worksphere
Published on
16 January 2017
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News

The consortium StruktonHurksHeijmans (SHH) developed a combination of measures with which the design for the new building for the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG) fulfils the established vibration requirement for laboratories. These measures have been tested and incorporated into the design. On 16 January 2017 the Central Government Real Estate Agency issued the commencement certificate. Construction is expected to start in spring 2017.

Vibration issue resolved
RIVM uses high-quality laboratory equipment. This is very sensitive to vibrations, so it is important that the vibrations involved in the construction work of the new building do not disrupt the operation of laboratory equipment. In 2015 it became clear that the original design did not satisfy the vibration requirement for laboratories. The issue proved complex and finding a solution was very time-consuming. At the end of 2016, SHH ultimately incorporated various measures into the design. This included the use of bigger and longer foundation piles and air cavities created in the ground around the building. The tower block and the wing with specific laboratories will also be moved 20 metres to the south of the tram lane.

The Central Government Real Estate Agency issues commencement certificate
The Central Government Real Estate Agency has signed a DBFMO (Design, Build, Finance, Maintain and Operate) agreement with the consortium SHH. On 16 January 2017 the Central Government Real Estate Agency issued the commencement certificate. This confirms that SHH has produced a satisfactory design for the new building and can start work on the new building for RIVM and the CBG according to the requirements. SHH and the client are still discussing the financial consequences of the vibration issue.

Start of construction
Construction is expected to start in spring 2017. According to SHH's plans, the new building will be delivered in autumn 2020.

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