The Netherlands Government Building Agency has definitively selected Heijmans for the Soesterberg Defence Museum PPP project. The contract includes the design, development, maintenance, financing, as well as the facilities management of the new National Military Museum and the museum quarters at the former Soesterberg military airbase. This involves a DBFMO contract covering a period of 25 years. The integral construction, technical engineering and infrastructural contract is valued at almost EUR 160 million of which approximately EUR 70 million is for maintenance and facilities management services.
The total project area is 45 hectares. A large museum building will be constructed at the centre of this area. In addition, a number of existing buildings, including several with an important historical value, will be redesignated. Aside from the construction and the services for the museum complex, the project also includes the layout and maintenance of the entire planning area. The property will be opened up to holiday-makers, organized as a nature preserve and linked to surrounding nature and recreational areas.
Heijmans developed an integral proposal that assigned priority to the quality of all of the project's components. The plan was created on the basis of a competitive dialogue with the customer. The high quality, based on the Economically Most Advantageous Tender (EMAT), resulted in the best proposal and Heijmans subsequently won this contract. The qualitative aspects are embedded in the various elements, such as the landscape design, the architecture, the museological design and the reuse of the existing buildings. In addition, a hospitality concept was developed for the 25-year operating period. Heijmans this way meets the customer's wishes: a long-term commitment to jointly making the museum a success. Heijmans is combining the knowledge and skills of the Non-residential Building, Technical Services and Roads disciplines for this contract. Start on construction is planned for the autumn of 2012. Delivery is to take place in the third quarter of 2014.
Partners in this project include Claus and Kaan Architecten for the urban development design and the design of the museum building and the depot, H+N+S landschapsarchitecten for the landscape design and Kossmann.deJong for the museological fit-up. The banks involved in the financing include the NIBC and BNG. The Rebel Group is affiliated with the consortium as financial advisor and Stibbe as legal advisor.
The National Military Museum
The Ministry of Defence is building a new National Military Museum that will communicate the significance of the Netherlands armed forces in the present, past and future to the public at large. The collections from the Military Aviation Museum in Soesterberg and the Armed Forces Museum in Delft will be consolidated and exhibited in this museum. The new museum complex will be situated on the premises of the former Soesterberg Air Force base. The 'Hart van de Heuvelrug' information centre currently located on the Soesterberg Air Force base will also be accommodated in the new museum.
Heijmans is a listed company that combines activities related to property development, residential building, non-residential building, technical services and infrastructure. Heijmans operates in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. We create added value for our customers by focusing on quality improvement, integrated projects, sustainability and profitability. Heijmans realizes projects for home buyers, companies and government entities. With approximately 8,300 employees and EUR 2.4 billion in revenues in 2011, we are building the spatial skylines of tomorrow. For more information, visit www.heijmans.nl.
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