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Breaking ground ceremony Moermansk 400 & 500

On the 8th of March the festive first pile was sunk into the ground for Moermansk 400 & 500. The two new developments of G&S Vastgoed are located at the head of the Moermanskkade in the Amsterdam Houthaven. The buildings were recently sold to a pan-European club deal, advised by UBS Asset Management.

Moermansk 400 is a design by Joris Deur from the architectural firm ZZDP Architects. Moermansk 500 is a design by John Bosch from architectural firm OZ. Due to their location at the head of the Moermanskkade, both new developments have a phenomenal view over the IJ and together they have a surface area of ​​approximately 10,000 sqm. Moermansk 400 & 500 are both realized by Wessels Zeist.

The Houthaven, located on the IJ in the ”Westelijk Havengebied” of Amsterdam, is part of the Spaarndammertunnel which openen last February and  connects with the Spaarndammerbuurt. Due to the realization of the Houthavenpark on and around the Spaarndammertunnel, the Houthaven will soon be inextricably linked to the center of Amsterdam and the old city centre.

On this festive day the first pile was sunk into the ground by Ward van de Braak (Head of Benelux & Nordics – UBS RE & PM) and Jason Blackmore (Managing Director G&S Vastgoed).

Both developments are completed in the first quarter of 2019. For more information go to: www.moermansk.com.

Round Hill Capital, Boelens de Gruyter, and G&S Vastgoed to develop new urban neighbourhood in Merwede Canal Zone

Round Hill Capital, a leading real estate investment, development and asset management firm, G&S Vastgoed, and real estate developer Boelens de Gruyter have purchased a location in Utrecht within the Merwede Canal Zone (“Kanaalzone”) urban renewal planning zone. The Utrecht City Council supports this residential development plan in order to meet the strong and increasing demand for housing in Utrecht.

Located between Merwede Canal and Park Transwijk, the area is in the south-western part of the city stretching from the A12 Ring Road until the Holland Casino on the Overste Den Oudenlaan. Last week, the city council of Utrecht approved the vision for the area and the environmental impact report as a starting point for redevelopment of the new city district. The new city district is also intended to provide housing for the expected increase in the number of residents of the City of Utrecht. The population of Utrecht is projected to increase from 345,000 to 410,000 between now and 2030.

City Councillor for Housing Paulus Jansen
Paulus Jansen: “The plan is very much in line with the strategy already set out by the city council, not only in a quantitative sense – after all Merwede will provide space for thousands of new residential units – but also in a qualitative sense. The new neighbourhood will create a varied, sustainable, and attractive space for all its residents.”

Round Hill Capital, G&S Vastgoed and Boelens de Gruyter have acquired a total of approximately 4.5 ha (43,000 m²) located at Kanaalweg 14-19, currently comprising of over 12 office buildings, known as the ‘Smart Business Park’. With this development, Round Hill Capital will become the largest private investor in the new Utrecht neighbourhood.

This transaction reflects the expansion of Round Hill’s residential strategy in the Netherlands to include the development of residential and student accommodation assets. Over the past four years, Round Hill has successfully established its residential investment and asset management platform in the Netherlands and has consistently acquired portfolios throughout this period, with its total number of units acquired over 10,000. Round Hill has acquired and managed more than 100,000 residential units across Europe.

Michael Bickford, founder and CEO of Round Hill Capital

“Round Hill has a well-established and successful investment track record and operational expertise in residential and student housing across Europe, and this agreement to acquire the Merwede Canal Zone site further enhances our housing platform in the Netherlands. The area has significant potential, with the city council supporting the growth of a new neighbourhood to accommodate between 6,000 and 10,000 residential units.

Round Hill remains committed to making further investments in residential and student housing developments in the Netherlands and across wider Europe , whilst also continuing to look to make more investments residential property in line with our existing strategy.”

Maarten de Gruyter, director of Boelens de Gruyter

“For the Netherlands as well as Europe as a whole, this will be a new and unique type of urban neighbourhood. The city council aims to facilitate the development of a lively, green, and energy-efficient neighbourhood. After completion, vehicles will be able to park only at the edge of the neighbourhood and in special garages so that cars and other vehicles will disappear from the street. The elimination of motorised traffic and the emphasis on pedestrian traffic and bicycles will create new and promising opportunities for alternative types of transport including public transport, car sharing, and the creation of so-called mobility hubs.”

Jason Blackmore, general director of G&S Vastgoed

“The residential units in the new neighbourhood will vary in terms of type, pricing, size, height and architecture and. The communal courtyard gardens and inspirational open public spaces will serve as meeting places for the local residents of Merwede, who will not only be able to share the use of cars but also other goods, facilities, and services. Merwede is intended to function as a testing ground for new and innovative urban environments and lifestyles, which is also why the design specifically creates opportunities for innovation in the areas of mobility, energy, health, social sustainability and the environment. The overall goal is to create a healthy, energy-neutral, and climate-proof urban neighbourhood for the long-term.”

The buyer is being assisted by Arnoud Matthijssen of HMK Notarissen (Notaries).

Passing of Dik Wessels

It is with great sadness that we received the news that Dik Wessels (71) has passed away.

Great loss
With his entrepreneurship, vision and craftmanship he laid the foundations of what VolkerWessels is today. From 2007 Dik Wessels was a member of the Supervisory Board of VolkerWessels.

The passing of Dik Wessels is a great loss for us. Dik Wessels will be held in our memories with great respect and gratitude and we will miss him. Our thoughts go out to the family during these difficult times.

Circular application – the start of a city metamorphosis

Sustainability and innovation are key starting points of each project we put our hands on. This was no different for the development of the new ING headquartes. Together with OVG Real Estate we formed a consortium to create a smart building and contribute to a smart city. 

Our aim is to help the municipality of Amsterdam to reshape the area in Amsterdam-Zuidoost. With this transformation, we want to create a healthy and stimulating future prospect for the entire city grid. Redeveloping the ING headquarters is an iconic project in this transformation, where we are contributing to a sustainable city.

Think ahead 
Together with OVG Real Estate, we acquired an old office complex situated on the Frankemaheerd in Amsterdam-Zuidoost in 2015. The building had been vacant for seven years and needed to be demolished to make room for new a sustainable office. As sustainable innovators, we saw the demolition as an opportunity to create something new, so we assigned Superuse Studios to create a plan outlining how broken-down material could be reused.

Think bigger
To recycle the existing material, it first need to be inventoried. Analyzing price, measurement, availability and other features showed us how, when and where it could be reused. The materials were not to be used for the new office alone, but we also saw opportunities for other areas and buildings. Giving us a chance to contribute to grow our sustainable and innovative footprint. With Superuse Studios we found a great fit, as they own a professional online marketplace where supply and demand for waste material is matched. Enabling us to effectively utilize waste flows.

Think bravely
Recycling the material helped us achieve multiple goals. We started the development of a more sustainable Amsterdam, we innovatively shaped the new project in a way that had never been done before, and we managed to use the recycled material for several other projects. The waste material of the demolished Frankemaheerd building is used for the new ING headquarters, the Hotel Buiten and the Viisi headquarters. Former ceilings have been used as current ceiling finishing for the circular awarded Viisi office in Amsterdam and the frontage of the old Frankemaheerd building is now the façade for new housing of the pavilion at Sloterplas called Hotel Buiten.

With this project, we demonstrated where our heart is. We are on our way to metamorphose cities.

 

 

Circulaire toepassing- het begin van een stedelijke metamorfose

Duurzaamheid en innovatie zijn de kernwoorden van ieder project dat wij aannemen. Zo ook bij de ontwikkeling van het nieuwe hoofdkantoor van ING. In een samenwerkingsverband met OVG Real Estate hebben we een slim gebouw ontworpen en bijgedragen aan een slimme stad. 

Ons doel is om de gemeente Amsterdam te helpen bij de hervorming van Amsterdam-Zuidoost. Met deze transformatie willen we een gezond en inspirerend toekomstbeeld creëren voor het gehele stadsnetwerk. De metamorfose van het ING-hoofdkantoor is een markant project in deze transformatie, waarmee we bijdragen aan een duurzame stad.

Verder denken
Samen met OVG Real Estate hebben we in 2015 een oud kantoorgebouw aan de Frankemaheerd in Amsterdam-Zuidoost verworven. Het gebouw stond al zeven jaar leeg en moest worden gesloopt om ruimte te maken voor een nieuw, duurzaam kantoor. Als duurzame ontwikkelaars zagen we de sloop als een kans om iets nieuws te creëren en dus gaven we Superuse Studios de opdracht een plan te maken voor het hergebruik van de gesloopte materialen.

Groter denken
Om het bestaande materiaal te recyclen, moest het eerst worden geïnventariseerd. De prijs, afmeting, beschikbaarheid en andere eigenschappen werden geanalyseerd, zodat we konden zien hoe, wanneer en waar we het materiaal konden hergebruiken. Het was niet de bedoeling om de materialen alleen voor het nieuwe kantoor te gebruiken; we zagen ook kansen voor andere gebieden en gebouwen. Zodoende konden we onze duurzame en innovatieve bijdrage uitbreiden. Superuse Studios bleek de juiste partner voor dit project, omdat zij een professionele online marktplaats hebben waar de vraag naar en het aanbod van afvalmaterialen samenkomen. Dankzij hen hebben we onze afvalstromen nuttig kunnen inzetten.

Dapper denken
Het hergebruik van de materialen heeft ons geholpen meerdere doelstellingen te verwezenlijken. We konden beginnen aan de ontwikkeling van een duurzamer Amsterdam, het project op een volledig vernieuwende wijze vormgeven én het hergebruikte materiaal voor een aantal andere projecten gebruiken. Het afvalmateriaal van het gesloopte Frankemaheerd-gebouw is gebruikt voor het nieuwe ING-hoofdkantoor, Hotel Buiten en het Viisi-hoofdkantoor. De voormalige plafonds zijn hergebruikt als plafondafwerking in het bekroonde Viisi-kantoor in Amsterdam en de voormalige gevel is nu de gevel voor het nieuwe paviljoen aan de Sloterplas, Hotel Buiten.

Met dit project hebben we laten zien waar ons hart ligt: de metamorfose van steden.

G&S Vastgoed sells Moermansk 400 and Moermansk 500 in Amsterdam

G&S Vastgoed has sold its new development properties – Moermansk 400 and Moermansk 500 – to a pan-European Real Estate club advised by UBS Asset Management. The properties are located at the head of the Moermanskkade at the Houthaven of Amsterdam.

 

The two properties total roughly 5,000 sq.m. each divided over 5 to 6 large and efficient floor plates with an attractive car parking ratio.

UBS Asset Management: ‘’Together with the purchases earlier this year in Brussels, Liège and Leiden, it is taking its property assets under management in Belgium and the Netherlands to approximately €450,- million’’.

Ward van de Braak, Head of Real Estate & Private Markets in Benelux & Nordics: “We remain focused and very positive on Amsterdam’s office market as well as high street retail in the top 20 retail cities, and are increasingly confident about the economic outlook in the Netherlands and specifically on the growth of the Technology-, Media and Telecom sector in Amsterdam.”

Amsterdam Houthaven is a unique location in the city, which at the moment is undergoing great change. This area was previously an important port built in 1876 for the transshipment of lumber. In 2010, a new development plan was drafted and the Houthaven has now become an attractive place to live and work. The area is currently developing into a multi-functional district, including residential and working spaces along with numerous amenities

Rienk Baarsma, Head Commercial Manager G&S Vastgoed: “The Houthaven is the hotspot for creative companies in Amsterdam. With the unique designs of Moermansk 400 and 500 at the most beautiful spot in the Houthaven, this place is even more attractive. It is fantastic that these projects that are under development now already have a new future owner. We look back on a pleasant cooperation.”

Both projects were designed by top architects. Moermansk 400, designed by the architectural firm ZZDP, provides a nice, smooth modernistic façade through its glass curves, giving the building a great sense of space from the inside. Moermansk 500, designed by the architectural firm OZ, has different shapes for each floor, providing a great deal of distinctiveness and expression. Their strategic location allows both properties to have phenomenal views over the Minerva Harbour and Amsterdam largest waterfront, the IJ River.

The construction of the Moermansk 400 and 500 will begin in the first quarter of 2018. The properties are due to be delivered to the buyer one year later.

UBS has been advised by Van Gool ♦ Elburg Elburg Vastgoedspecialisten (Real Estate Specialists), BOAG and Houthoff Buruma for the purchase of the assets. G&S Vastgoed was legally advised by Nauta Dutilh.

G&S Vastgoed sells Moermansk 400 and Moermansk 500 in Amsterdam

G&S Vastgoed has sold its new development properties – Moermansk 400 and Moermansk 500 – to a pan-European Real Estate club advised by UBS Asset Management. The properties are located at the head of the Houthavens of Amsterdam.

 

G&S Vastgoed has sold its new development properties – Moermansk 400 and Moermansk 500 – to a pan-European Real Estate club advised by UBS Asset Management. The properties are located at the head of the Moermanskkade at the Houthavens of Amsterdam.

The two properties total roughly 5,000 sq.m. each divided over 4 to 5 large and efficient floor plates with an attractive car parking ratio.

UBS Asset Management: ‘’Together with the purchases earlier this year in Brussels, Liège and Leiden, it is taking its property assets under management in Belgium and the Netherlands to approximately €450,- million’’.

Ward van de Braak, Head of Real Estate & Private Markets in Benelux & Nordics: “We remain focused and very positive on Amsterdam’s office market as well as high street retail in the top 20 retail cities, and are increasingly confident about the economic outlook in the Netherlands and specifically on the growth of the Technology Media and Telecom sector in Amsterdam.”

Amsterdam Houthaven is a unique location in the city, which at the moment is undergoing great change. This area was previously an important port built in 1876 for the transshipment of lumber. In 2010, a new development plan was drafted and the Houthaven has now become an attractive place to live and work. The area is currently developing into a multi-functional district, including residential and working spaces along with numerous amenities

Rienk Baarsma, Head Commercial Manager G&S Vastgoed: “The Houthaven is the hotspot for creative companies in Amsterdam. With the unique designs of Moermansk 400 and 500 at the most beautiful spot in the Houthaven, this place is even more attractive. It is fantastic that these projects that are under development now already have a new future owner. We look back on a pleasant cooperation.”

Both projects were designed by top architects. Moermansk 400, designed by the architectural firm ZZDP, provides a nice, smooth modernistic façade through its glass curves, giving the building a great sense of space from the inside. Moermansk 500, designed by the architectural firm OZ, has different shapes for each floor, providing a great deal of distinctiveness and expression. Their strategic location allows both properties to have phenomenal views over the Minerva Harbour and Amsterdam largest waterfront, the IJ River.

The construction of the Moermansk 400 and 500 will begin in the first quarter of 2018. The properties are due to be delivered to the buyer one year later.

UBS has been advised by Van Gool ♦ Elburg Elburg Vastgoedspecialisten (Real Estate Specialists), BOAG and Houthoff Buruma for the purchase of the assets. G&S Vastgoed was legally advised by Nauta Dutilh.

G&S Vastgoed and KondorWessels Projecten introduce Key Worker Housing in Wonderwoods Utrecht

Utrecht receives an appealing building with Wonderwoods on the Jaarbeursboulevard. For the completion of the housing program, the consortium consisting of G&S Vastgoed and KondorWessels Projecten (Koninklijke VolkerWessels) signed a memorandum of understanding with property investor Vesteda for the rental apartments. For a part of these rental apartments, the consortium introduces Key Worker Housing, an English concept that makes living affordable for people who want to live in the city.

Living in the city center is becoming increasingly more expensive. This issue is also arising in the Netherlands. The city center is expensive compared to suburbs and surrounding municipalities. As a result, only homes in the higher segment are available. In order to serve all target groups, we want to introduce Wonderwood’s ‘Key Worker Housing’.

Utrecht has a shortage of middle housing rentals for people who do not qualify for a social housing or simply cannot buy their own house. Key Worker Housing can partly fill in this gap. We are talking about a key worker if someone makes a significant contribution to the society of Utrecht, for example teachers and nurses.

Jason Blackmore, G&S Vastgoed says: “Most important employees are people who are important to the sustainability of our cities. Everyone is interested in good healthcare, education and safety. People working in the public sector must also have the opportunity to live in a place which is of good quality in the city center”.

Current laws and regulations
To qualify for a Key Worker Apartment in Wonderwoods, a tenant must meet a number of conditions. The exact conditions will be further developed by G&S Vastgoed KondorWessels Projecten and Vesteda in the upcoming period, it needs to suit the Utrechtse housing policy, but also comply with current legislation and regulations.

Scoop
With the introduction of Key Worker Housing, G&S Vastgoed and KondorWessels Projecten found a solution for the location ambition of the municipality of Utrecht; a place for everyone in the Beurskwartier. With the launch of Key Worker Housing Wonderwoods Utrecht is the first in the Netherlands.

Wonderwoods
Wonderwoods is about Happiness 2.0. and about reaching a healthy and inspiring new balance between technology and nature. Wonderwoods consists of two green towers of 90 sq.m. and 70 sq.m. with a mix of housing, working, relaxing and entertainment. The plan offers a total of 300 owner occupied apartments and rental apartments. Furthermore, there will be room for offices, healthy restaurants and bars, sports, stores, education, bicycle shed, parking garage and public function PlayLab. Wonderwoods is currently being developed into a final design. Taking into account the preparations and planning procedures, in 2019 the first shovel will go into the ground. Wonderwoods will be ready in 2020.

Visualization | A2 Studio

G&S Vastgoed starts with constructions in the Houthavens

G&S Vastgoed sells its new development 300 Moermansk to a group of private investors. A long-term lease agreement has recently been concluded with the Amsterdam architectural firm Rijnboutt for two out of floors. Rijnboutt rents approximately 1,750 sq.m. of office.

300 Moermansk is located in the most beautiful location in the Houthavens of Amsterdam, at the tip of the Moermanskkade. It is one of the three loft buildings that G&S Vastgoed currently develops at that particular location. The building has a total office area of 5,000 sq.m. and is designed by MVSA Architects. 300 Moermansk is characterized by the glass facades that offer a fantastic views over the river IJ and the historic city skyline. The balconies are positioned so that you can enjoy the view on the water and enjoy the sun.

After the summer, G&S Vastgoed will start with the construction of 300 Moermansk. In mid-2018 the floors will be delivered to Rijnboutt.

Rijnboutt (architecture, urban planning, landscape and strategy) designs and advises in the full width of a spatial assignment and at all levels.

Mattijs Rijnboutt, architect director Rijnboutt: “Haven-Stad is one of the new hotspots for creative companies in Amsterdam. 300 Moermansk is a transparent and restrainedly designed building with a beautiful view of an inspiring location for a design agency like Rijnboutt.”

The interior of Rijnboutt, such as the entrance, is designed by Fokkema & Partners.

G&S Vastgoed is advised by JLL in cooperation with Cushman & Wakefield and Van Gool Elburg Real Estate Specialists. Rijnboutt was advised by NL Real Estate during the commercial process.

Construction milestone on new and sustainable ING head office

The start of construction on the new ING head office was celebrated by the planting of a tree instead of the traditional driving of the first pile. This action symbolises the sustainable character of the new building and, like ING’s mission, is also founded on innovation and creativity. Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan was invited by Ralph Hamers (CEO of ING), Coen van Oostrom (CEO of OVG Real Estate) and Jason Blackmore (G&S Vastgoed) to witness the start of this low-energy, futureproof and technologically sophisticated project.

Office building of the future
OVG and G&S Vastgoed are jointly developing this impressive project. These two developers designed the office building in campus style to promote collaboration and flexible working among employees. The construction includes the use of circular concrete that can be continuously recycled without quality loss. The roof of the building will be covered entirely in solar panels, while the technology incorporated into the building will guarantee smart and sustainable (energy) use and will contribute to creating a healthy workplace. The goal is to achieve BREEAM Outstanding sustainability certification on completion.

A more sustainable Amsterdam-Zuidoost
Coen van Oostrom, CEO of OVG, comments, “It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop the ING head office and support their sustainable goals for the future by creating this smart, energy-efficient building. The collaboration with the Municipality of Amsterdam shows that this project involves not only a new building, but a joint contribution to a more sustainable city.”

Jason Blackmore, G&S Vastgoed, adds, “With this project, we are not only creating a healthy and stimulating work environment for ING employees, but also contributing to the future prospects of an entire city district.”

Relocation in 2019
ING expects to move into the new Frankemaheerd complex in mid-2019. ING’s relocation to Frankemaheerd will also entail a transformation of the Amsterdamse Poort, where the current ING head office is located. After the move, OVG and G&S will start converting the old office building into a residential building.