Signing of availability certificate Rijkskantoor De Knoop
Construction of Rijkskantoor De Knoop is finished. The so-called Availability Certificate has been signed.
For the sustainable redevelopment, a good and intensive partnership between all parties involved was essential and even a criterion for being awarded the project. This creates the framework for a good partnership in the coming 20 years.
For the Central Government Real Estate Agency, R Creators (a partnership between Strukton, Facilicom and Ballast Nedam) converted the former Knoopkazerne in Utrecht into Rijkskantoor de Knoop. The development of Rijkskantoor De Knoop fits into the programme 'Compact Government Department' which has been implemented since 2007 for a smaller and better government organisation. The former Knoopkazerne was redeveloped to replace outdated accommodation in the region. The work consisted of a combination of demolition, renovation and extension. The principle was to demolish as little as possible and to re-use as much as possible. The shell of the former barracks was converted into government offices with a conference centre for a thousand visitors.
Key to the design of the building, the interior and the services are the needs of the users. R Creators studied these in depth and translated them into an integral design. Design, construction, installations, management and maintenance and operation are not individual elements, but enhance each other. When studying the design solutions, the initial costs were not considered, but the total costs over twenty years.
Sustainable partnership and hospitality
Besides the usual award criteria for a building, in this project sustainable partnership and hospitality were added as award criteria. Furthermore, the focus for Rijkskantoor De Knoop with respect to sustainability was not just on reducing energy consumption and material use, but also on maximum flexibility to ensure that the building and the services are future-proof. Cooperation which results in sustainable partnership was an important criterion during the tendering phase. Not only because the contract runs for twenty years, but also because during the operational phase, the facilities organisation of R Creators will work together as one team with the facilities organisation of the government office. This is the first time that services and cooperation weighed so heavily in a PPP tender. This made a positive contribution to the flexible completion of the building and the start of the operations.