ABN AMRO gaat zijn kantoor in Amsterdam Zuidoost verbouwen. Het uit 1987 stammende complex wordt vernieuwd, uitgebreid en verduurzaamd. Namens ontwikkelaar EDGE verzorgt Drees & Sommer Netherlands het ontwerpmanagement en begeleidt het realisatieproces van dit unieke transformatieproject. Voor ons Engelstalige dossier 'Upgrade instead of tearing down: the best years have yet to come' bekeken we dit project van dichtbij. We spraken met Mayada Shaaban, Director Projects bij EDGE en André Leeuwis, Managing Director bij Drees & Sommer Netherlands over de blauwdruk van dit "grootste en gaafste" herontwikkelingsproject.
Mayada Shaaban: "ABN AMRO and EDGE are both strong advocates of sustainability and circularity, not only in their real estate portfolios but also in their company strategies. ABN AMRO created Circl in Amsterdam as the ultimate example of a circular building. They decided to piggyback on the scheduled maintenance of their bank office in Foppingadreef to redevelop it as a model of circularity and sustainability, striving for at least a BREEAM “Excellent” rating. We will incorporate many existing elements of the office building in the new extension. For example, the current concrete facades will be removed to create open facades towards the foyers that will be completely integrated into the new office floors. The existing facade elements will be reused elsewhere throughout the building."
André Leeuwis: "Where sustainability is concerned, we are on the same page with EDGE, currently project managing their Valley project also in Amsterdam, another landmark in modern ecological buildings. When we were assigned in April 2021, we were faced with the challenge of delivering a preliminary design in line with the agreements with ABN AMRO. However, we truly understand their vision and are familiar with their practices.