Breda’s newly constructed courthouse opened

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The Governmental Real Estate Agency (Rijksvastgoed Bedrijf) has issued the completion certificate to the consortium for Breda’s newly opened courthouse in the Netherlands.

This new courthouse complex serves as the shared headquarters for the Child Care and Protection Board, the Zeeland-West Brabant Public Prosecutor, and the Zeeland-West Brabant District Court. The multifaceted design prioritizes natural daylight and solar heat gain to enhance energy efficiency. The exterior showcases architecturally designed concrete, seamlessly integrating large glass windows. The building's heating is geothermal, and cooling is achieved via the nearby De Mark canal. Covering an approximate gross floor area of 33,000 m² (excluding outdoor areas, the nearby park, and parking space), this 66-m-tall complex with 3 distinct components (concrete plinth, steel central construction, and prefab concrete high-rise) makes a commanding addition to the city's skyline. 

The Dutch Government Real Estate Agency (Het Rijksvastgoed Bedrijf) collaborated with the InBalans consortium, including Volker Wessels, Facilicom, and Macquarie Capital Group in the PPP-based DBFMO model. The InBalans consortium comprises VolkerWessels Bouw- en Vastgoedontwikkeling, Facilicom, and Macquarie Capital Group. Hootmans architectenbureau led the design, collaborating with Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter, interior designer Sevil Peach, and Karres and Brands Landschapsarchitecten. Visser & Smit Bouw were responsible for the realization, while Arup and HOMIJ Technische Installaties oversaw the technical installations and implementation. Arup closely collaborated with De Architekten Cie and Paul de Ruiter Architects to deliver structural design, acoustic engineering, building physics, building services, and fire safety aspects.

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