A sustainable new building for RIVM-CBG

  • Client Rijksvastgoedbedrijf en RIVM-CBG
  • Country The Netherlands
  • Location Utrecht Science Park
  • Status In Progress
Nieuwbouw RIVM-CBG: artist impression nieuwbouw

First PPP project for a government building with laboratories An 18-story glass tower with offices and laboratories will rise up at the Utrecht Science Park. A technical feat, because the building must be vibration-free as much as possible. The BREEAM Outstanding quality mark stands for a sustainable office building. Built and in the future managed by MEET Strukton.
This new landmark in Utrecht is being built by a Public Private Partnership (PPP construct) on the basis of a Design, Build, Finance, Maintain & Operate (DBFMO) contract. This means that the MEET Strukton consortium is going to design, build, maintain and operate the RIVM and CBG accommodations for a period of 25 years. Furthermore, this is the first PPP contract for a government building in the Netherlands that also contains laboratories.

Knowledge is key. The clear and open building structure stimulates cooperation, exchange knowledge and meet each other.

We are constructing a robust building

The new RIVM/CBG building has a 94 percent compliance score with the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) sustainability characteristics. This is why in 2015, the BREEAM Outstanding Design certificate was awarded for this new building. The building is energy efficient in various ways. For example, the cooling, heating and lighting do not cause any CO2 emissions, because they use the power supplied by a wind turbine. Furthermore, attention has been given to creating a comfortable interior climate, flexibility, water consumption, natural daylight in the building and accessibility. Attention was also given to public transport, transport plans, parking policy and alternatives to the use of passenger cars.

The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) works with high-quality laboratory equipment and will have 40 laboratories in the new building. 

What exactly is being built?

  • approx 70,000 m2 floor area, excluding parking and bike sheds
  •  of which approx 17,000 m2 for laboratories
  • 2,200 employees
  • 1,675 workstations and flexible workstations
  • 80 metre-high building, 18 floors
  • approx 144 workstations and 19 informal meeting areas per floor
  • 40 laboratories
  • 2 metering fields (ground floor and roof)
  • 1 mobile Chemical Biological Laboratory
  • 1 grand cafe, 1 restaurant, 1 sports area
  • 24 meeting rooms and 5 meeting squares
  • bike shed for 850 bicycles, a shed for 25 motorcycles
  • 48 parking spaces for company cars
MEET Strukton The integrated design for the building and its 25-year operation were developed by Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen Architecten, H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten, OTH architecten, Deerns, PEUTZ, Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Vermaat Groep, YASK, Yxion, Mazars and Rebel.

Planning project
• Demolition of Went Building: 2013-2014
• Announcement of design and contractor: summer 2014
• Start of construction: 2017
• Commissioning of the building: 2021

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