StruktonHurks provisionally awarded contract for the New Housing project for VWS/RIVM and MEB

23 June 2014

The Government Buildings Agency has decided to designate the StruktonHurks consortium, consisting of Strukton, Hurks and Heijmans, as the ‘selected bidder’ for the New Housing project for RIVM and MEB. This is the result of the tendering procedure that started in 2012. The final award is scheduled for 14 July 2014.

The project concerns new flexible, sustainable, energy-efficient housing for two highly respected scientific institutes: the Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) and the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB). Both institutes are part of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The construction of the building will take place from 2015 to 2018. The new building will be erected on the site of the current Wentgebouw in the Utrecht Science Park/the Uithof district in Utrecht.

PPP project

The new construction will be carried out in the form of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with a DBFMO contract. In DBFMO contracts, the responsibility for the design, building, financing, maintenance and commercial operation is assigned to a private party for a relatively long period. The contract will run for 25 years after the building comes into use and has a net present value of almost 267 million euros. This is the first PPP project in the Netherlands for a government building that also includes laboratories.

StruktonHurks consortium

The StruktonHurks consortium is a collaborative venture involving Strukton, Hurks and Heijmans. The organisations involved in the building design include Felix Claus Dick van Wageningen Architects, H+N+S Landscape Architects, Deerns and YASK.

RIVM and MEB together in one building

Both RIVM and MEB work on public health and a healthy living environment. Exchanging knowledge with other national and international scientific organisations and conveying that knowledge to society at large is an important part of their work. The location and the design of the new building will encourage this exchange of knowledge. The location in the centre of the country, on the edge of the Utrecht Science Park, will increase the two organisations’ visibility in society.