Yesterday, Jan van Zanen, mayor of the municipality of Utrecht, opened the new WTC at the Stadsplateau 2 in Utrecht. The opening was a festive ceremony, in which the mayor of Utrecht and CBRE Global Investors, fund manager Ronald van der Waals, together with the new tenants, the architect MVSA Architects, builder BAM and various service providers in the building, performed the official opening ceremony.
WTC Utrecht is built right next to Utrecht Central Station. It is the first large office building in the Netherlands that will soon receive a WELL Building Standard certificate and also receive a BREAAM-NL Excellent design certificate.
The building comprises approx. 29,000 m 2 spread over 19 floors and offers both fixed and flexible office workstations including catering, a manned reception, bicycle parking, courtesy bikes, a company restaurant and a meeting centre on the lower four floors.
So far, the office building was let for about 90% and the first tenants – including The Office Operators, PropertyEuro, Navigant, Hiemstra & De Vries, Ynformed, Fleet Complete and SiRM – have moved into the building. The facilities such as the Grand Café & Restaurant Metro City Kitchen, the meeting centre, the bicycle shed and Vermaat’s company restaurant are also fully operational.
Jan van Zanen, mayor of the municipality of Utrecht, said that as mayor, it was good to be able to report a new multi-company building in our beautiful city.
Ronald van der Waals, fund manager at CBRE Global Investors said “During the development of WTC Utrecht in partnership with the municipality of Utrecht, we worked together to realize a quality service concept in an ideal accessible location that meets market demand. We have also invested in the welfare of the users in our building and we are proud that we will soon be the first large office building in the Netherlands to receive a WELL Building Standard certificate. ”
WTC Utrecht offers high-quality facilities and facilities that are accessible to both tenants in the building and the public. On the ground floor and the first floor a contemporary grand café called METRO City Kitchen of almost 1,000 m 2 has been opened. On the first floor is a bicycle parking with space for about 900 bikes, where use can be made of the courtesy bikes. On the second floor is a manned reception and a modern Business & Conference Centre that is operated by The Office Operators. On the third floor, a stylish company restaurant is being operated by Vermaat Catering. WTC Utrecht will also have its own Business Club accessible to all tenants.
WTC Utrecht is an investment of the CBRE Dutch Office Fund, a non-listed real estate fund managed by CBRE Global Investors. The construction was begun on 29 June 2016. All partners have joined forces to make the station area a meeting place for everyone who wants to travel, shop, live, work and relax in the dynamism of the heart of Utrecht.
WTC Utrecht was designed by a team of architects from MVSA Architects led by Roberto Meyer who said, “The central location of WTC Utrecht is reflected in the design. The location is a large flow of travellers around the building. To symbolize this dynamic, we have opted for rounded forms, which gives the building an elegant and timeless look. The result is an open, accessible and transparent building. The open glass facade offers plenty of room for natural daylight and gives a sense of freedom and openness. The sky is the limit, that applies both to the design and to its promising tenants ”
The redevelopment of Utrecht continues apace. The city of tomorrow is becoming the city of today and all Utrechtians are part of this progress.
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