We are proud to announce that the Netherlands' Central Government Real Estate Agency awarded the consortium led by Dura Vermeer the design and realization of the Redevelopment District Court Rotterdam. The design offered by the consortium was created by Fokkema & Partners Architecten.
Design & Build (UAV-gc)
The award of the redevelopment is based on a Design & Build (UAV-gc) contract. It includes the design of a new entrance and meeting area, and the renovation of the offices of the District Court to fit an activity based workplace concept. Construction will be conducted in several phases. The completely renewed District Court Rotterdam will be delivered at the end of 2018. During construction the Court will remain seated in the Wilhelminahof.
At the time of its delivery in 1995, the characteristic Wilhelminahof represented both the new developments at Kop van Zuid which meanwhile turned into an international example for urban planning, as well as the new norm for Government Offices: a compact civil service, flexible and efficient.
The building complex consists of three volumes: the courthouse, an office tower and an elongated building volume. The District Court Rotterdam is located in the latter, a 14-storey building originally designed to house the Government Offices of the tax authority and administration of justice. It is clad with a terracotta colored brick and has a huge portal in the middle. Underneath the Wilhelminahof there is a busy subway station. A glass arcade (the Galleria) connects the office buildings with the courthouse and the metro station.
The new design re-determines part of the Galleria as a reception and meeting area for the court. This new entrance will also hold the public information counters. To make it a pleasant space for meeting and working, it will be climate-controlled. This way the Court of Rotterdam is given a contemporary, comfortable, self-evident and welcoming appeal.
Thanks to the intervention the Galleria will efficiently connect the judicial offices with the courthouse. With reordering the complex logistics, a new clear and transparent layout will allow users to intuitively find their way and with regard to safety.
The consortium led by Dura Vermeer consists of Fokkema & Partners Architects, Deerns, DGMR, Van Rossum Consulting Engineers, BOAG Consulting and Management, TES Installation Engineering and A. de Jong Installation Engineering.