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Boelens de Gruyter is developing 162 apartments at Wibautstraat

Thursday 7 July 2016

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Transformation of former Jan Bommerhuis in Amsterdam Oost into rental housing for the ASR Dutch Core Residential Fund. Project developer Boelens de Gruyter is today starting on the development of 162 rental apartments in the former Jan Bommerhuis building. The rental housing in the midprice segment will in the first half of 2018 be delivered to the ASR Dutch Core Residential Fund. This well-known building at Wibautstraat 80-86 (above the Albert Heijn supermarket) has long housed a faculty of the HVA, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Varying in size from 35 to 88 square metres, a mix of apartments suitable for various target groups will be realised here. The Albert Heijn supermarket in this iconic building at the corner of Wibautstraat and Eerste Oosterparkstraat will remain open for business during the development period. Currently a ground floor tenant, Albert Heijn will be buying the supermarket space from Boelens de Gruyter. 

Director Maarten de Gruyter (Boelens de Gruyter) is enthusiastic about the project. "Following the transformation of the Parool & Trouw building, this redevelopment perfectly suits our strategic ambitions in this part of the city. Wibautstraat has undergone a complete facelift in recent years and is fast becoming one of the most popular and lively areas of the city. We are proud to contribute to this."

Robbert van Dijk, Fund Director ASR Dutch Core Residential Fund "We are proud to have acquired this magnificent project. This purchase in the centre of Amsterdam further strengthens our long-term strategy for, and position in, Amsterdam. What's more, this sustainable transformation will contribute towards the liveability of the city centre."

In a project designed in close cooperation with its surroundings, the sustainable apartments will acquire energy label A. The top layer of the building will be demolished after which three residential storeys will be added. This impressive building, well visible from the River Amstel, will acquire an even more profound facade design that reflects the powerful image currently being realised within the Amsterdam ‘Knowledge Mile’.

For Boelens de Gruyter, this is a challenging and prestigious project that is getting off to an energetic start thanks to good cooperation with all stakeholders and the local authorities. Maarten de Gruyter: "Such complex city centre projects can sometimes meet with resistance. A transparent approach and good communications with the surroundings have paved the way for a smooth start”.

The design was created by Penta Architecten, Van Rossum BV is the structural engineer and BAM woningbouw BV the contractor. 

For questions, high-resolution photos and request for an interview, contact Michiel Stroink (0031-621800054): michiel@boelensdegruyter.nl.

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