Start construction of new RIVM and CBG building in September 2017

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Published on
30 August 2017
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Start construction of new RIVM and CBG building in September 2017. The total construction time will be around four years. The new building is expected to be available in autumn 2021.

In the week of 4 September, construction work started on the new building for the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG). Pile driving work started. The initial pile driving work will take around five weeks. The total construction time will be around four years. The new building is expected to be available in autumn 2021.

Earlier this year, the Central Government Real Estate Agency (RVB) issued the Commencement Certificate for the new building for RIVM and the CBG. This certificate confirms that building consortium StruktonHurksHeijmans (SHH) has produced a satisfactory design and can start work on the new building for RIVM and the CBG according to the requirements. The municipality of Utrecht has since granted the amended environment permit. The RVB and SHH recently reached agreement on the financial consequences of the vibration issue. To do so, they used the dispute settlement procedure of the DBFMO agreement (Design, Build, Finance, Maintain and Operate). The RVB and SHH are about to finalise this procedure in a contract.

Vibration issue
RIVM uses high-quality laboratory equipment. This is very sensitive to vibrations. It is therefore important that the new building is constructed in such a way that vibrations do not disrupt the operation of laboratory equipment. At the end of 2015, it became clear that the original design did not satisfy the vibration requirement for laboratories. Finding a solution to this issue proved complex and time-consuming. Thoroughness was more important than speed. SHH ultimately incorporated various measures into the design to resolve the vibration issue. This included the use of bigger and longer foundation piles and air cavities created in the ground around the building. The tower block and the wing with specific laboratories will also be moved 20 metres to the south compared with the previous design. As a result of these modifications, construction will start two years later than planned and will take one year longer. The new building is now expected to be available in autumn 2021. This means that RIVM will stay in the Utrecht Science Park/Bilthoven for longer. The Medicines Evaluation Board will also remain on Graadt van Roggenweg in Utrecht for longer.

A new building is being constructed in Utrecht Science Park for the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG). The 18-storey glass tower block with offices and laboratories, surrounded by a green plinth with various functions is being built on Weg tot de Wetenschap. The StruktonHurksHeijmans (SHH) consortium is designing, building, financing, maintaining and operating the new building for 25 years in close cooperation with the Government (public-private partnership). The design of the new building achieved the highest score for sustainability (BREEAM level Outstanding). The new building will be delivered in autumn 2021.

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