The nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel
COD in cooperation with Being Development
2016 – 2020
43,000 square meters
91 meters, 25 floors, 650 hotel rooms, BREEAM-NL Excellent
Designed by OMA, the four-star hotel features 650 rooms on 25 floors and a public restaurant on the top floor. The hotel also includes a TV studio, a gallery with a sculpture garden, and a spa center. A parking garage, Sky Bar and meeting and conference rooms round out the facilities.
Apart from its size and location, it is the unique architecture that makes the iconic building so impressive: Comprising a stack of three offset triangular volumes inspired by the well-known ‘Het Signaal’ RAI advertising column, the building blends seamlessly into the existing RAI complex, giving it a fresh, contemporary look.
The Dutch company BOAG, which has been part of Drees & Sommer Netherlands since July 2020, supported the client, COD, with project management services. The team also coordinated and monitored the progress, quality and safety of the main contractor Pleijsier Bouw on behalf of COD.
The experts’ tasks included decisive stakeholder management to ensure that the interests of all parties were taken into account. The extensive construction project also required intensive quality control with regular quality reports, whereby the focus was on writing and assessing the test reports. Clear structuring and review of the construction costs over the various construction phases and planning changes ultimately guaranteed the project’s smooth progress.
The hotel, which at 91 meters tall and with a gross floor area of some 43,000 square meters is the largest new hotel to be built in the Benelux region, was handed over to AXA IM on January 8, 2020. The first hotel guests were shown to their rooms just two days later.
- Stakeholder management
- Quality control
- Construction schedule was rebuilt after a critical phase
- Compliance with the tight budget
- Challenges were mastered through know-how and experience