LIFE.NL and SENS Real Estate delivered the Stationspostgebouw in the HS Kwartier in The Hague on Monday 31 May to tenant PostNL and buyer Perial Asset Management.
The renovation work was carried out by BESIX and its partner J.P. van Eesteren. The entire historic and listed building, built in the 1940s, was renovated in just 18 months, as planned, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. It now houses the headquarters of the Dutch company POST NL, as well as co-working spaces of StationsPostOffices.
Nic De Roeck, Director BESIX Nederland: "In complex conditions, we delivered the building perfectly on time. From a technical point of view, this is a good illustration of our capabilities in building renovation, a promising sector in Western Europe, particularly for the environmental qualities intrinsic to this type of operation. The project combines respect for heritage with high-quality renovation. It was also a good example of constructive cooperation and positive dynamics between all parties involved, contractors and client, throughout the project. Optimal working conditions of this kind always have a positive effect on the completion of a project. On behalf of the BESIX NL team, I would like to thank our partner J.P. Van Eesteren, our clients SENS and LIFE.NL, and all our suppliers for this."
Designed by the architectural firm KCAP, the project included the renovation of the building's facade, which was partially replaced, and the stripping and reconstruction of the interior. One of the special features of the final project is certainly the spectacular atrium, which forms the heart of the building.
The design of the project ensured that the total weight of the renovated building would remain exactly the same as its original weight, particularly so as not to affect its foundations. This was achieved by a combination of lightweight construction for the new elements and large voids in the new and existing floors. Where the structure needed to be reinforced, geotechnical studies were carried out in parallel.
The renovation of this historic building is part of a transformation of this area of The Hague into a welcoming and green district, called Hollands Spoor Kwartier.