Sustainable home for RIVM and CBG

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BNG Bank is one of three financial backers of the new sustainable and energy-efficient home of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG) at the Utrecht Science Park.




Both institutions are part of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. This is the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project in the Netherlands for a government building that also contains laboratories. Staff will move into the new building in late 2020.

Sustainable building

Daylight, views and spaciousness contribute to a pleasant and inspiring work environment. A glass tower of 18 floors with offices and laboratories with a verdant, multi-purpose base.

The new building is sustainable in many aspects. The building is future-proof, due to its robust, constructive design, column-free work areas, generous floor-to-floor height, flexible layout, and the capacity of its vertical transport systems. It is also energy-efficient, by encouraging the use of stairs and due to the chosen technical systems, power generation and equipment. Building cooling and heating is energy neutral, with the necessary energy being generated locally in a sustainable manner. In addition, the existing foundations of the Went Building were reused where possible.

The building was designed to be visibly green and sustainable. Green spaces inside and out contribute to a pleasant and healthy experience of the building and its surroundings. The green roofs and walls will provide insulation in both winter (to keep the heat in) and summer (to keep the building cool).

Visit the Dutch website for a video explanation of the design by architect Dick van Wageningen.


The project is being implemented by a consortium of the companies Strukton, Hurks and Heijmans together with Felix Claus Dick of Wegeningen Architecten, H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten and Yask, among others.

Artist's impression of the new building

The PPP project with a DBFMO contract (Design, Build, Finance, Maintain and Operate) is worth 267 million euros. This means StruktonHurks is responsible for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new building, as well as facilities management, for a period of 25 years. Once construction is complete, for 25 years the consortium will provide services in areas such as maintenance, catering, cleaning and logistics. As well as the usual facilities services for an office building, this project includes special services for various laboratories, including a 'high containment' laboratory.


Alongside BNG Bank, financing for the project was also provided by Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale and AG Insurance SA/NV. BNG Bank also acted as lending agent and securities agent.

The equity capital was provided by Strukton Assets BV, Hurks participatie BV and Heijmans Capital BV, a joint venture between Heijmans and 3i Infrastructure plc.

For a sustainable world

BNG Bank is a committed partner for a more sustainable society. We enable the Dutch public sector to achieve socially relevant objectives. Our clients are (local) authorities and institutions for housing, healthcare, education, energy and infrastructure in the Netherlands.

Trefwoorden: Tags: Sustainability; PPS; DBFMO

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