Utrecht goes High Rise

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For lovers of tall buildings the news couldn’t be any better. For lovers of tradition and history, things have got as little worse as Utrecht gets its first building higher than the Dom

The municipality of Utrecht has given the go ahead for the construction of three residential towers, which in itself is not real news, except that the highest will be 140 meters high.

This means that for the first time in Utrecht a building will be higher than the Dom Tower of 112 meters.

According to the plans, named MARK, three residential towers of 80, 100 and 140 meters will be built and will be interspersed with low-rise buildings up to 25 meters high. The construction works is proposed to start in 2021.

The ‘vertical village’ will be located in the Leidsche Rijn district, on the north side of Utrecht Leidsche Rijn train station, near the A2.

The model was unveiled today by Alderman Klaas Verschuure, chief architect Branimir Medic and Jeroen Messemaecker van de Graaff on behalf of the co-developer City Value.

There will be approximately 1.125 rental and owner-occupied homes with patios and green courtyards in the towers. About 60 percent of the homes will be rented out. This helps with social rental housing concerns, medium-rent housing and care homes.

There will also be a bicycle parking facility with 3,500 bicycle parking spaces, single-bicycle and e-bikes. There will also be a hundred shared car spaces available for the residents.

Will this match the growing population in Utrecht or will there need to be even more houses constructed. If yes, is the only answer to build upwards? Where else can these houses go? Population growth needs to be matched by affordable housing. Has Utrecht done enough in this sphere?

Let us know what you think.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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