New quarters for VWS/RIVM and CBG – two renowned knowledge institutes

The Dutch Government Buildings Agency is planning to name the Strukton/Hurks consortium as the selected applicant for the New Building project for RIVM and CBG. This stems from the contract procedure started in 2012. The definitive supply contract is scheduled for July 14, 2014.

The Consortium

The Strukton/Hurks consortium is collaboration between Strukton, Hurks and Heijmans.The design was realised in collaboration with, among others, Felix Claus Dick of Wageningen Architecten, H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten, Deerns, YASK and Van Rossum.

The project includes new flexible, sustainable and energy-efficient quarters for two renowned knowledge institutes; the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG). Both institutes are subsidiaries of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The building will be built in the 2015 – 2018 period where the Went building is currently located at Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof in Utrecht.

PPP project

The new development will be realised through a public–private partnership (PPP) project with a DBFMO contract. A DBFMO contract entails design, build, finance, maintenance and operation being placed in private hands for a longer period of time. After the building is taken into use, the project will run for 25 years with a net cash value of almost €267 million. It is the first PPP project in the Netherlands for a government building that also contains labs.

RIVM and CBG together in one building

Both the CBG and the RIVM work for public health and a healthy living environment, in which the exchange of knowledge with national and international knowledge partners and bringing this knowledge into the public are important components. The location and design of the new building encourage this exchange of knowledge. The central location at the edge of Utrecht Science Park will make both organisations more visible to society.