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VORM geeft invulling aan oud bedrijfsterrein

De gemeente Rotterdam heeft ontwikkelaar VORM aangewezen als winnaar voor de ontwikkeling van 167 huur- en koopwoningen op een braakliggend terrein in het zuiden van de stad.

Project Koer biedt woningen voor starters, gezinnen en senioren en heeft voorzieningen en veel groen in de Afrikaanderwijk van de stad. Deze wijk ligt dichtbij de rivier en is ongeveer 15 minuten lopen van de Erasmusbrug en Hotel New York.

“Zo kunnen mensen die net zijn afgestudeerd en sociale stijgers blijven wonen in de Afrikaanderwijk waar ze zijn opgegroeid’’, zegt wethouder Bas Kurvers (Bouwen en Wonen).

Er zijn werkplekken voor bewoners die rustig buiten hun eigen huis willen werken. Verder is er een collectieve binnentuin waar kinderen veilig kunnen spelen. In de parkeergarage op de Laan op Zuid komt een mobiliteitshub met elektrisch deelvervoer. In een bijgebouw van het complex, genaamd ‘Villa Residu’ komt een collectieve klusplek voor bewoners.

Het nieuwbouwproject KOER maakt deel uit van de ontwikkeling Parkstad, een stedelijke wijk met meer dan 1000 woningen en voorzieningen zoals een zwembad en een sporthal in het Huis op Zuid.

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VORM gives shape to Rotterdam brownfield sites

Rotterdam city council has awarded the contract to develop 167 non-rent controlled properties on a brownfield site in the south of the city to Holland Metropole partner VORM.

The Project Koer development is part of wider efforts to provide more homes for families, the elderly and starters on the housing ladder in the Afrikaander district of the city which is close to the river and just a 15 minute walk from landmarks such as the Erasmus Bridge and Hotel New York.

The project will enable people who grew up in the neighbourhood to remain living there even if their housing needs change, city council housing executive Bas Kurvers said.

The development includes one block with a transparent lobby where a variety of community activities can take place as well as communal gardens and electric shared cars. Residents will also be able to work together on odd jobs in ‘Villa Residu’, which will have a supply of shared tools. ‘Koer is about inclusive living with a Rotterdam twist,’ VORM said.

The Koer project is part of the wider Parkstad development, which will include more than 1,000 homes when completed, as well as a swimming pool and sports hall.

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More housing completed in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district

Holland Metropole partners BPD and AM have completed a new project in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district, which provides 144 homes, as well as shops, and a car and bike park.

The Gustav was designed by Rotterdam architechts KCAP, also a Holland Metropole partner, and is spread across two buildings in the heart of the financial district.

The northern building contains 96 studio apartments and targets starters on the housing ladder, with communal areas on each floor. The southern building has 19 studios and 29 large apartments on the upper floors, which have private gardens and balconies.

The Gustav is the latest housing project to be completed in the Zuidas district, which will eventually have thousands of homes for a wide range of incomes in between the office blocks.  

‘Realising 10,000 new homes in Zuidas is a lot and it is seriously going to change the way the area looks and thrives,’ says Zuidas director David van Traa

‘But it is not just about building homes – international investors, developers, pension funds, employers – they all need an environment that is hyper-mixed, to create an area that works from both a business and a social perspective.’

Zuidas is being constructed as a complete urban district and will include schools, a library and facilities such as a health centre and cultural amenities as the residential population grows.

Photo: © Ossip van Duivenbode

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Gemeenten uit Stedelijk Gebied Eindhoven en corporaties slaan handen ineen om woningnood te verminderen

Dertien woningcorporaties in Zuidoost Brabant en de negen gemeenten uit het Stedelijk Gebied Eindhoven (SGE) bundelden hun krachten en maakten afgelopen jaar samen een plan voor een standaard sociale huurwoning.

Belangrijkste doel: lagere bouwkosten en een versneld bouwproces. Het gaat om zowel eengezinswoningen als appartementen voor 1 of 2 personen. Hiermee willen de partijen meer betaalbare, duurzame en sociale woningen beschikbaar stellen voor huurders om zo de krapte op de woningmarkt te verminderen. De komende vijf jaar moeten er jaarlijks ongeveer 200 tot 250 gestandaardiseerde woningen per jaar bij komen. Ontwikkelaars Heijmans en BAM Wonen hebben de opdracht gekregen om deze sociale huurwoningen te bouwen.

Unieke samenwerking 

Volgens Bas Sievers, directeur-bestuurder van woningcorporatie Woonpartners gaat het om een voor Nederland unieke pilot. ‘Met deze bijzondere samenwerking hebben we de toekomst van de woningbouw in handen. Samen kunnen we sociale huurwoningen betaalbaar houden en krijgen we de kans om ons woningbestand uit te breiden.’ De woningen komen te staan in de negen gemeenten uit het Stedelijk Gebied Eindhoven. In onder andere in Helmond, Geldrop-Mierlo, Veldhoven en Eindhoven zijn de gestandaardiseerde sociale huurwoningen straks te vinden.

Krapte op de woningmarkt

De economische ontwikkeling in de regio Eindhoven zorgt de laatste jaren voor extra werkgelegenheid en een positief migratiesaldo. Terwijl de effecten van de Coronacrisis nog moeilijk te voorspellen zijn, is er nu geen reden om aan te nemen dat deze trend in de komende periode gaat veranderen. Veel mensen willen in het Stedelijk Gebied Eindhoven wonen. Dit zorgt voor krapte op de woningmarkt. Om betaalbaar wonen toegankelijk te houden, staan woningcorporaties voor de opgave om de komende vijf jaar duizenden duurzame, sociale huurwoningen te realiseren. Maar de bouwkosten, beschikbare locaties en procedures vormen op dit moment de grootste belemmerende factor. In de pilot Standaard Sociale Huurwoningen gaat dat anders en is het doel juist lagere bouwkosten en een versneld bouwproces.

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Councils, developers urged to act on senior housing

The shortage of suitable housing for seniors is a major issue across the Netherlands, and many people are finding it difficult to move to smaller or more age-appropriate accommodation.

According to pensioners association Anbo, the country has a shortage of some 80,000 homes targeting older residents, the Financieele Dagblad reported earlier this month.

Anbo says the housing market is currently too geared towards family homes. ‘Society is getting older, people are living longer and that means their housing needs are changing too,’ says spokeswoman Atie Schipaanboord.

One example of the sort of housing which could be brought back are hofjes – mini developments of small homes around a central courtyard, which were popular in the Netherlands in previous centuries.

Other aspects to consider include ensuring bathrooms are big enough to accommodate both resident and a nurse, and that floors are all the same level, Anbo said.

Apartments

‘Many older people want to move to an apartment, but there is often very little available in terms of location, affordability and amenities,’ Delft University professor Marja Elsinga told the paper.

This means, for example, that people remain living in family homes, reducing the availability of property for young families. ‘This is slowing down the entire housing market,’ Elsinga says. She wants local authorities to give more priority to developing affordable and suitable housing for older people.

‘And that means [councils] accepting lower land prices and developers making compromises as well,’ she says. ‘If they really want to, they can do it.’

Dutch housing minister Kajsa Ollongren told the Provada real estate fair in November that the Netherlands needs to create 845,000 new homes over the coming 10 years.

‘In 2021 there will be more government money to innovate and invest,’ she said.  In particular, the government is working to speed up decision-making about 14 major locations for residential developing, which will involve 60,000 new homes.

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Rotterdam gets creative with cereal factory site

Plans have been launched in Rotterdam to redevelop a former cereal factory on the harbour front into a lively urban area with shops, offices, cultural units and cafes, as well as 1,500 new homes.

Part of the massive factory building, considered to be an important part of Rotterdam’s industrial heritage, will be transformed into housing, while a new residential skyscraper, 220 metres high, will be built close by on the 1.8 hectare site.

‘An important part of Rotterdam’s industrial heritage will be given a wonderful new function and the area will become part of a new, lively Katendrecht district,’ city housing chief Bas Kurvers said.

Half the housing will be affordable – that is with a monthly rent of up to €1,000 or a purchase price of €310,000.

The green cube, which is lit up at night on the roof of the factory, will remain a key part of the city’s skyline after the project has been completed.

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Work starts on Titaan project in The Hague

Work has started in The Hague on building a new creative company hub on a former 146 hectare industrial area, which is being transformed into a modern urban district.

The Titaan project involves the development of over 11,200 square metres of offices, workshops and community spaces – enough to house 70 companies and 350 shared desk placements.

When completed in 2022, the Titaan will be almost energy neutral, with solar panels on the roof and it will be warmed via a district heating system.

City economic affairs alderman Saskia Bruines at the industrial area

‘The Titaan will strengthen the attractiveness of the Binckhorst district as a business location and helps meet demand for working space,’ says city economic affairs alderman Saskia Bruines. ‘Entrepreneurs are the driver of our local economy so this is essential.’

The Binckhorst is a former industrial area which will have a mix of homes, offices and shared workspaces focusing on innovation and creative companies when completed. Close to the HS railway station, it offers a wide variety of opportunities for developers.   

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Rotterdam brings affordable housing back to the city centre

An initiative has been launched in Rotterdam to develop 1,300 new homes on the Hofplein in the centre of the port city. The project, which is backed by the city council, involves redeveloping the south eastern part of the square with homes in a variety of price classes, plus a hotel, offices, cafes and public areas.

‘Lots of people want to live in the city centre and this plan brings housing back to the heart of Rotterdam,’ said city housing chief Bas Kurvers. ‘Half of the homes will be classified as affordable, and will be available for police officers, teachers and nurses.’

Over 200 rent-controlled homes will be demolished as part of the RISE project and their current tenants will be able to return to the location once the new project is completed.

The Hofplein forms an important entry to Rotterdam and the redevelopment project also includes giving more space to pedestrians and cyclists. The current roundabout, which features a large fountain, is also being redeveloped into a city park as one of seven key projects helping to solve some of the green challenges facing Rotterdam.

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Amsterdam prison redevelopment project Bajeskwartier includes incubator for artists

Bajeskwartier, a new residential area on the site of a former prison on the outskirts of Amsterdam, will include a special ‘incubator’ for artists who are finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable studio space within the city boundaries.

As Dutch inner city areas are redeveloped and upgraded, the old industrial spaces loved by experimental artists are becoming increasingly short in supply. But developer and Holland Metropole partner AM was happy to ensure the Bajesdorp artists village, first established on the site by squatters in 2003 could remain, albeit in a different form.

The incubator development is now at the planning stage and once the green light has been given, a new building will be erected on the site of the former director’s home. The ground floor will have a café, theatre and music studios and a space for performances. The three upper floors will offer housing and ateliers of 15 to 25 square metres to 10 artists in residence.

The cost of the project is put at €2.5m, of which 65% has been covered by a mortgage by a German cooperative bank. The rest of the funding is being raised via a ‘crowd-lending’ campaign. The 10 residents will each put €5,000 into the fund but will not own their homes. Instead, the building will remain in the hands of a cooperative to preserve the space for future generations.

Once completed, the complete Bajeskwartier district will have 1,350 new homes, offices, commercial functions, shops, restaurants, a hotel, urban farming and workshop space, in addition to the incubator for art and alternative lifestyles. Bajeskwartier will be energy neutral, with heat pumps to provide winter heating and all organic waste created in the district will be used to produce electricity.

‘Sustainability and climate adaptive development are key in this project,’ AM chief executive Ronald Huikeshoven told Holland Metropole magazine earlier. ‘In fact, 98% of the building material salvaged from the demolition work will be reused. We want to respect the site and its history.’

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Rotterdam park projects will help tackle climate change

Planning chiefs at Rotterdam city council have published a list of seven key projects which are creating attractive public places for people to meet, socialize and exercise, while helping to solve some of the challenges facing urban development in the Netherlands.

The total cost of the investment in the seven projects is put at €233m and work on them should be completed by 2030, city officials say.

The new parks, squares and open spaces, filled with plenty of trees and greenery, will help reduce heat-related stress, absorb excess rainwater and provide new places for residential development by tackling noise and air pollution. They will function, planners say, as green lungs for the city.

In addition, the projects will provide years of work for a large number of people, Bert Wijbenga, the city’s planning chief, told the NRC earlier. ‘They will contribute to our mobility strategy,’ he said.  ‘They will make it possible to build more homes and make the city greener and more sustainable.’

The seven projects are being approached in an integrated way and will also act as a driver for further neighbourhood improvements.  Together, the projects involve planting 700 trees, creating green spaces the size of 20 football pitches and planting 10,000 square metres of green roofs. The overall impact will also boost property values in the area by 15%.

One of the projects involves creating a new park in the former port area on both reclaimed land and old industrial sites. The Rijnhaven park plan includes developing floating green spaces to sit and socialize as well as plans to build 2,500 new homes.  

The Hofbogen is another city park development, situated this time on a two-kilometre stretch of a former railway viaduct that crosses several residential areas.

In all, the seven plans mean a further 17,000 Rotterdam households will live no further than 200 metres from a green space.

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